Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Qq. 287 (University Library, Cambridge University)

Oriental Manuscripts


Summary of Contents: A biography of the literary men of Granada, entitled Markaz al-iḥāṭah bi-udabāʼ Gharnāṭah by Bashtakī, Muḥammad ibn Ibrāhīm, 1347 or 1348-1426 or 1427

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 279 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 25.0 × 14.6 cm.
Dimensions (written):


27 lines per page.



Origin: undated, a note by the sribe states that the missing end of the text existed in the original, and that he was unable to find another copy, whence he might fill up this lacuna, though he had made enquiries in the most distant countries, until at length, says he, he was informed by certain aged men of lettres that the author had died before he had completed his work.

Provenance and Acquisition

Bequest of J.L. Burckhardt (1784-1817) in 1819.

Record Sources

Manuscript description based on E. G. Browne: A hand-list of the Muhammadan manuscripts, including all those written in the Arabic character, preserved in the Library of the University of Cambridge. Cambridge, 1900. abbreviated by the OCIMCO project team.


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