Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

MS. Arab. c. 90 (Bodleian Library, Oxford University)

Oriental Manuscripts

The Book of Curiosities


1 copy of Kitāb Gharāʼib al-funūn wa-mulaḥ al-ʻuyūn

Author: Anonymous

Erroneously attributed to ʻArabānī, ʻAbd al-Ghanī ibn Husām al-Dīn, d. 1450

Language(s): Arabic


GAL II 129
For a study, edition, and English translation, see Rapoport, Yossef, and Emilie Savage-Smith. An Eleventh-century Egyptian Guide to the Universe: The Book of Curiosities. Islamic Philosophy, Theology, and Science; 87. Leiden: Brill, 2014.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 48 folios


Origin: 7th or 8th century A.H.; 13th or 14th century A.D.

Provenance and Acquisition

Bought from Sam Fogg, 2002

Record Sources

Born digital


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