Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

MS. Fraser 169 (Bodleian Library, Oxford University)

Oriental Manuscripts Fraser Collection


Summary of Contents: 2 works by 2 authors on the subjects of Gematria, Arabic poetry, Arabic alphabet, and Mysticism
1. ff. 7r-33v*
Author: Plato
Title: Khāfīyah

On the magical properties of the letters of the alphabet as numbers

SAUG §13 (37), para. 9, p. 28 (66), who cites MS. Leiden 1208 *ff. 1-6, 34r-35r blank

Language(s): Arabic


Appendix Magic
2. ff. 35v-39v*
Author: Anonymous

Section 1, after the introduction, is entitled Taksīr al-ḥurūf

*ff. 40-50 blank or negligible

Language(s): Arabic


Appendix Poetry

Physical Description

Form: codex
27 ff. 5 ff.


Origin: n.d. n.d.

Provenance and Acquisition

[Any information about a single identifiable episode in the life of the manuscript between origin and acquisition]

Record Sources

Manuscript description based on the Bodleian Library's public card index of Arabic manuscripts with additional enhancements by the OCIMCO project team.


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