Sharḥ Mukhtaṣar fī maʿrifat al-taqāwīm شرح مختصر في معرفة التقاويم Anonymous

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The record is made up of Codex A collection of pages, usually gathered into quires, and bound between covers. ; ff. i+49+i. It was created in 29 Dhū al-Qa‘dah 1174. It was written in Arabic. The original is part of the British Library: Oriental Manuscripts.

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Anonymous commentary on the Mukhtaṣar fī ma‘rifat al-taqwīm , the Arabic version the Persian Sī faṣl dar ma‘rifat-i taqvīm (completed 658/1260, see Amīn, Mustadrakāt A‘yān al-Shī‘ah , p. 233) by Naṣīr al-Dīn al-Ṭūsī (نصير الدين الطوسي, d. 1274). The text, which is divided into thirty chapters (فصول) deals with the principles of astronomy and astrology. There are two tables (f. 31r on the 'ranges [نطاقات]' of the seven planets and f. 36r on the degrees of definitions [حدود] of the twelve constellations of the zodiac with regard to the seven planets) and one diagram (f. 39v of the spheres), with spaces left blank for four more (ff. 11r, 13v, 14r, and 38r).

The text is followed by a 'table of the degrees of brightness, darkness, size and emptiness (جدول درجات نير [!] ومظلمه وقيمه وخاليه)' of the twelve constellations of the zodiac, and two recipes for iron-gall ink (مداد; f. 48r).

The copy was completed on 29 Dhū al-Qa‘dah 1174 (2 July 1761) by Yaḥyá al-Mawṣilī ibn Ḥusayn ibn Muṣṭafá ibn Ḥasan (يحيى الموصلي بن حسين بن مصطفى بن حسن; see colophon Section at the end of a manuscript text. , f. 47r, lines 23-26, transcribed below).

Begins (f. 1v, lines 2-8):

الحمد لله الذي جعل الأحوال الجزئية في السفليات مربوطة بالأوضاع الفلكية

والاتصالات الطوطبية والصلوة على رسوله محمد الذي صار للأحكام الكلية

في السمعيات منوطة بأرائه الثاقية وأقواله الصائية وعلى آليه الناجين

من الجرثومة الظاهرة وأصحابه المشبهين بالنجوم الزاهرة أما بعد فإن

المختصر الذي ألفه في علم التنجيم ومعرفة التقويم للإمام المحقق الفيلسوف

المدقق نصير الدين الطوسي أعلى الله درجته لما كان مشتملًا على مسائل

دقيقة ومباحث عميقة من الهيئة وغيرها لم يكن بد من شرح ...

Ends (f. 47r, lines 20-22):

... التاسع البيع والشرى وهما لدحولها تحت التجارة

يوافقهما كون القمر في البروج المنقبلة ومع ذلك فا (!) المناسب للبيع كون القمر منصرفًا عن سعد

والمشتري كونه متصلًا بسعد آخر وهو الزهرة

Colophon Section at the end of a manuscript text. (f. 47r, lines 23-26):

تم الكتاب على يد أضعف العباد يحيى الموصلي

بن حسين بن مصطفى بن حسن باب (؟)

يوم الخميس يوم التاسع والعشرون

من ذالقعدة (!) في سنة 1174

Extent and format
Codex A collection of pages, usually gathered into quires, and bound between covers. ; ff. i+49+i
Physical characteristics

Material: Paper

Dimensions: 210 x 152 mm leaf [158 x 87 mm written]

Foliation: British Museum foliation in pencil; eastern Arabic foliation in black ink to f. 41

Ruling: No ruling visible; 19 lines per page; vertical spacing 12 lines per 10 cm

Script: Naskh ; the scribe is Yaḥyá al-Mawṣilī ibn Ḥusayn ibn Muṣṭafá ibn Ḥasan (يحيى الموصلي بن حسين بن مصطفى بن حسن; f. 47r, lines 23-24)

Ink: Black ink, with rubricated headings and overlinings, tables and diagrams in red

Binding: Brown leather over thing card, blind tooled with medalion and borders

Condition: Minor water damage towards front; f. 1 mutilated, but no text missing

Marginalia: Very few

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Arabic in Arabic script
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29 Dhū al-Qa‘dah 1174 (AH, Hijri qamari)

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Finding aids

Cureton, William and Charles Rieu, Catalogus codicum manuscriptorum orientalium qui in Museo Britannico asservantur. Pars secunda, codices arabicos amplectens (London: The British Museum 1846-71), Item 394, p. 188

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  • Amīn, Ḥasan, Mustadrakāt A‘yān al-Shī‘ah , vol. 1, (Bayrūt: Dār al-Taʻāruf, 1987) p. 233

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