Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Or. 8659 (St. Pancras, British Library)

Oriental Manuscripts


1 copy of Sefer ha-mitsvot

A fragment, possibly of a Sefer ha-mitsvot (Book of Precepts) in Judaeo-Persian, containing a polemical tract on the prophethood of Moses and the Jewish religion ff. 2v-9r, probably part of the introduction, and an exposition of the Biblical commandment of circumcision f. 10 and f. 1

Folio 1 is bound out of order and should follow immediately after Folio 10

Language(s): Judaeo-Persian


For a more detailed description see Meredith-Owens 1968, page 41.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 10 ff
Dimensions (leaf): 17.4 × 13.6 cm.


Origin: 12th-13th century CE

Record Sources

Manuscript description based on G. M. Meredith-Owens: Handlist of Persian manuscripts 1895-1966. London, 1968, with additional enhancements.


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