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Mashhad, Kitābkhāna-yi markazī-yi Āstān-i Quds-i Raḍawī, 5572

[Colour scanned images of the body text.]

Single work: Arabic.  Date:



unknown; copied by Muḥammad al-Munajjim, born in Aleppo, for himself (146r). 


a statement of endowment in favour of ʿAlāʾ al-Mulk Fāḍil Khān, who initiated the foundation of Maktabat al-Madrasat al-Fāḍiliyya in Mashhad in 1060 (IIIr), together with several of his seals (e.g., IIIr, 1v, 3r, 4r, 146r); a statement with seal dated 10 Dhū l-Qaʿda 1087/14 January 1677 Gregorian (1v); several seals accompanied by dates 1090, 1091 and 1094 (1679–83)] (1v); a statement of purchase dated 3 Jumādā II 1107/9 January 1696 (1v); a reading statement with seal dated ⟨1⟩132/1719-20 (2r); another reading statement with seal dated Shaʿbān 1271/April-May 1855 (IIIv); a statement with seal displaying an Ottoman tughra, probably by Abdülaziz (r. 1861-1876), dated 22 Ṣafar 1289/1 May 1872 (2r); a statement of ownership with upside down seal dated 1293/1876-7 (2r); a reading/study statement with seal dated 27 Shawwāl 1297/2 October 1880 (2r); statement with seal dated Rabīʿ II 1300/February-March 1883 (2v); a round seal of Fāḍā Khān Khomān (1v); seals of aquisition (?) by the Holy Shrine library dated 1348/1969-70 (1v, IIIr etc.). A note with the date 5716 (Anno Mundi?)


laid paper (with an illegible Arabic watermark on f. 147v), III+147+IIa ff. (foliated with Hindu-Arabic numerals, Persian variants; catchwords on verso pages). A clear small and dense naskh hand with tendency to nastaʿlīq; titles rubricated. Mostly dotted ductus; occational indication of vowels and hamzas, no shaddas. Three horoscope diagrams (123v, 125r, 126r). Dimensions: 265×205 mm; 33–35 (1v–126r) and 26 (128r–160v) lines per page. Slightly worm-eaten, substantial dirt and ink stains. Minor restorations of the first and last pages. Folios trimmed and rebound in a brown leather binding with green-yellow endband. Type III binding, first pages loose.


astrology. — Index: title page (Iv); full list of the titles of maqālas and bābs (IIIv and IIIr, in this order); a Persian text on timekeeping with an hourglass (1r); an astrological table for calculating the time of gestation (1r, sideways); Ptolemaica (1v-146r); a table of fixed stars with degrees of transits, ascendants and other quantities according to the zīj of Ulugh Beg (for the latitude 29;36° of Shiraz, in the hand of the scribe) (147r); two secret alphabet systems with corresponding Arabic letters (147v). Blank: Iv-IIv.


Aḥmad Gulchīn Maʿānī, Fihrist-i kutub-i khaṭṭī-i Kitābkhāna-i Āstān-i Quds-i Raḍawī, vol. VIII, Mashhad: Intishārāt-i Kitābkhāna-i Āstān-i Quds-i Raḍawī, 1971 (1350 H.S.), pp. 92-93; GAS VIIFuat Sezgin, Geschichte des arabischen Schrifttums. Vol. VII: Astrologie – Meteorologie und Verwandtes bis ca. 430 H., Leiden: Brill, 1979, p. 44; 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


 ⟨…⟩ \1v\قال أبو الحسن علي بن رضوان بن علي بن جعفر المتطبّب: قصدنا أن نشرح أقاويل الحكيم بطلميوس في صناعة القضاء بالنجوم على الحوادث. فنقول: إنّ القضاء بالنجوم على الحوادث صناعة تنبئ عن مبادئ صادقة بالمتكوّنات المزمعة وذلك أنّ مباديها الصادقة هي أشياء تبيّن بعضها في العلم الطبيعيّ وبعضها في العلم الطبيعيّ ⟨…⟩ \146r\  —  فهذه ⟨unclear⟩ أشياء قد شرحتها لك فانعم النظر فيها وتأمّلها والله يهدي من ⟨…⟩ 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: Tafsīr Arbaʿa Maqālāt (Ir). — Additional titles: Maqālat li-Baṭlamiyūs (Ir). — Index: I.1 (=I), 1v-15r; I.2 (=II), 15r-29r; I.3 (=III), 29r-39v; II.1 (=IV), 39v-59r; II.2 (=V), 59v-66r; II.3 (=VI), 66r-75v; III.1 (=VII), 75v-87v; III.2 (=VIII), 87v-100v; III.3 (=IX), 100v-115v; IV.1 (=X), 115v-126v; IV.2 (=XI), 126v-139r; IV.3 (=XII), 139r-146r. — Minor marginal ‘conjectures’ and corrections indicated by siglas and ṣḥ. Annotations in different hands, severely trimmed in the margins.