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Tehran, Kitābkhāna-yi Majlis-i shurā-yi Islāmi, 17286

[Low-resolution colour scanned images of the body text and covers.‎]

Collection of two works: Arabic.‎ Date:

Monday, 23 Jumādā l-ākhira 912/9 November 1506 (216v).


copied in Tabriz, Iran, by an unknown scribe (216v).


an ownership statement by [mullā] ʿAbd al-Wāsiʿ ibn Kalib ʿAlī Hamadānī (d. 1173/1759-60), son of the poet and writer Mullā Kalib ʿAlī from Isfahan (1r, cf. the name in the margins of 3v, 4r, etc.; see also al-Ṭihrānī and Munzawī); a recitation of a Persian poem by Bābā Aṣlī Damāvandī (11th c. Hijra), dated 1273/1856-7 (217v); an ownership statement, two seals (1r) and a further seal (184v), illegible on the scans.


paper, 217 ff. (unfoliated, references are to our own foliation; catchwords). At least five different hands. Most prominently: Hand I (18r-19v, 112r-159v): a neat and small naskh hand in black, mostly dotted ductus; almost no vowels and shaddas, no final hamzas; frequent use of lām-alif mukhaffafa. Hand II (160r-169v, 177r-179r and 208v-217v): a fast neat nastaʿlīq hand, mostly dotted; occasional vowels, frequent shaddas and final hamzas. Rubrication throughout the codex in different styles: quotations from the Arabic Tetrabiblos mostly with red or black overlines; chapter headings irregularly highlighted, sometimes in red ink, sometimes in black ink with bold characters or in thuluth script. Substantial text passage crossed out in red on ff. 131v-132r. Diagrams: the three horoscopes usually found in this commentary (182r, 184v [in the margin] and 186r, text written in a different hand). Dimensions: 255×175 mm; mostly 21 lines per page (no ruling). Blank pages and spaces mostly indicated with notes in pencil (52r, 52v) or in black ink (111r). Substantial moisture and mold stains in the margins, especially towards the end of the manuscript. Restorations of the margins with pasted paper on the first and last pages. Simple dark leather binding of Type III.


astrology. — Index: title page (1r); Ptolemaica (1v-216v); Pseudo-Zarathustra’s Quotes Interspersed with Single Verba of the Centiloquium (217r, 216v and 217v [in this order]); sketches on an inlaid sheet (217bis). Blank: 52v, 111v. The same combination of works is also found in the later Tehran, Millī, Ar 946.


Āqā Buzurg al-Ṭihrānī, ʿAlī Naqī Munzawī and Aḥmad Ḥusaynī Ashkawarī, al-Dharīʿa ilā taṣānīf al-Shīʿa, 26 vols, Najaf / Tehran, 1936–1985, vol. IX, p. 315; Dimitri Gutas, Greek Thought, Arabic Culture. The Graeco-Arabic Translation Movement in Baghdad and Early ʿAbbāsid Society (2nd-4th/8th-10th centuries), London: Routledge, 1998, pp. 35-40; FankhāMuṣṭafā Dirāyatī, Fihristgān-i nuskhahā-yi khaṭṭī-yi Īrān (Fankhā)‎, 45 vols, Tehran: Library, Museum and Documentation Center of The Islamic Consultative Assembly, 20 2011, vol. XVIII, p. 972 (no. 1); Maḥmūd Naẓarī, Fihrist-i nuskhahā-yi khaṭṭī-yi Kitābkhāna-yi Majlis-i Shūrā-yi Islāmī, vol. XLVII/2: Nuskhahā-yi shumāra-yi 17101-17300, Tehran: Kitābkhāna, Mūza wa Markaz-i Asnād-i Majlis-i Shūrā-yi Islāmī, 2012, p. 121; Majlis Library online catalogue:


\1v\ ⟨…⟩ قال أبو الحسن علي بن رضوان بن علي بن جعفر المتطبب: قصدنا أن نشرح أقاويل الحكيم بطلميوس في صناعة القضاء لنجوم على الحوادث. فنقول: إنّ القضاء بالنجوم على الحوادث صناعة تنبئ عن مبادئ صادقة بالمتكوّنات المزمعة وذلك أن مبادئها الصادقة هي أش⟨ياء⟩ تبيّن بعضها في العلم الطبيعيّ وبعضها في العلم التعالميّ — \116v\ ⟨…⟩ فهذه أشياء قد شرحتها لك فانعم النظر فيها وتأملها والله يهدي من يشاء إلى صراط مستقيم.

= ʿAlī ibn Riḍwān‎‎, Abū l-Ḥasan ibn ʿAlī al-Miṣrī, Tafsīr al-Maqālāt al-arbaʿ fī l-qaḍāʾ bi-l-nujūm ʿalā l-ḥawādith (C.2.1050). — Title: Sharḥ ʿAlī Ibn Riḍwān Arbaʿ maqālāt li-Baṭlamiyūs (1r). Index: I.1 (=I), 1v-21r; I.2 (=II), 21r-42r; I.3 (=III), 42r-60r; II.1 (=IV), 60r-78r; II.2 (=V), 78r-97r; II.3 (=VI), 97r-111r; III.1 (=VII) [incomplete at the end], 111r-131v; III.2 (=VIII) [incomplete in the beginning], 132r-148r; III.3 (=IX), 148r-169v; IV.1 (=X), 170r-187r; IV.2 (=XI), 187r-206v; IV.3 (=IIX), 206v-216v. — Incorrect title for Chapter III.3; a non-matching catchword suggests that hand II did not continue where the copy by hand I breaks off (159v-160r). Undated scribal colophon. A horoscope in the margin of f. 184v. Minor marginal corrections, no collations. Some glosses in Arabic, especially in the hand of ʿAbd al-Wāsiʿ; some of these refer to Naṣīr al-Dīn al-Ṭūsī (e.g. 3v) and Abū Maʿshar (e.g. 22v). Some annotations trimmed.