Compendium of mathematical, philosophical and historical texts

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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+198+i. It was created in 639. It was written in Arabic. The original is part of the British Library: Oriental Manuscripts.

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Collection of twenty treatises (plus shorter notes and excerpts) relating to mathematics, philosophy, history and related subjects, including a number of Graeco-Arabic texts.

The manuscript was copied in Dhū al-Qa‘dah 639/May 1242 at least in part from an exemplar that was copied in 'the west side of the city of Mahdīyah (بناحية المغرب بمدينة المهدية)' on 11 Rabī‘ I 531/7 December 1136 (see colophons of items sixteen, f. 172v, lines 11-16; and item eighteen f. 178r, lines 3-4).

Contents:

  • (1) Rāzī (رازي), Kitāb al-sīrah al-falsafīyah (كتاب السيرة الفلسفية) (ff. 1v-5v);
  • (2) Ibn Abī Thawr al-Mawṣilī (‫ابن أبي ثور الموصلي‬), Maqālah fī al-nafs (‫(مقالة في النفس‬ (ff. 6r-12r);
  • (3) Thābit ibn Qurrah (ثابت بن قرّة), Min masā’il allātī sa’ala ‘anhā Abū Musá ‘Isá ibn Asad (من مسائل التي سأل عنها أبو موسى عيسى بن أسد) (ff 12v-16v);
  • (4) Abū al-Najā al-Fāriḍ (أبو النجا الفارض), Kitāb al-khamsīn mas’alah fī kasr al-manṭiq (كتاب الخمسين مسئلة في كسر المنطق) (ff. 16v-26v);
  • (5) Sinān ibn Thābit (سنان بن ثابت), Sīyāsat al-nufūs (سياسة النفوس) (ff. 26v-31v);
  • (6) Risālah tataḍammān ādāb wa-ḥikmah (رسالة تتضمن آدآب وحكمة) (ff. 31v-33r);
  • (7) Ḥasan ibn Sahl (حسن بن سهل), Qaul fī al-akhbār allātī yukhbir bihā kathīrūn (قول في الأخبار التي يخبر بها كثيرون) (ff. 33v-40v);
  • (8) Zajjājī (زجاجي), Sharḥ Risālat adab al-kātib (شرح رسالة أدب الكاتب) (ff. 41r-58v);
  • (9) Ibn Abī Ṭāhir (إبن أبي طاهر), al-Mukhtṣar fī al-qirānāt المختصر في القرانات (ff. 59r-63v);
  • (10) al-Juz’ al-awwal min kitāb al-jafar (الجزء الأول من كتاب الجفر) (ff. 64r-81r);
  • (11) Ptolemy (بطلميوس) Kitāb fī al-hay’ah al-musammá al-iqtiṣāṣ (كتاب في الهيئة المسمى بالاقتصاص) (ff. 81v-102v);
  • (12) Zarqālī (زرقالي), Kitāb al-‘aml bil-ṣafīḥah al-zījīyah كتاب العمل بالصفيحة الزيجية (ff. 103r-107v);
  • (13) Thābit ibn Qurrah (ثابت بن قرّة), Kitāb fī ḥisāb ru’yat al-ahillah (كتاب في حساب رؤية الأهلّة) (ff. 108r-113r);
  • (14) Avicenna (ابن سينا), Risālah fī lā taqarrara ‘indihi fī ḥujaj al-muthbitīn lil-māḍī mubdā’an zamānīyan wa-taḥwīlihā ilá al-qīyāsāt (رسالة في ما تقرر عنده في حجج المثبتين للماضي مبداءً زمانيًا وتحويلها إلى القياسات) (ff. 113v-121v);
  • (15) Nicomachus of Gerasa (نيقوماخس الجراسيني), al-Madkhal ilá ‘ilm al-‘adad (المدخل إلى علم العدد) (ff. 122r-164r);
  • (16) Apollonius of Perga (أبلونيوس), Fī al-ashkāl al-sanaubarīyah (في الأشكال الصنوبية) (ff. 164v-172v);
  • (17) Abū Ma‘shar (أبو معشر), al-Qawl fī al-namūdhārāt (القول في نموذارات) (ff. 173r-175v);
  • (18) Kindī (كندي), Risālah fī mulk al-‘arab wa-kamīyatihi رسالة في ملك العرب وكميته (ff. 175v-178v);
  • (19) Abū al-Majd ibn ‘Aṭīyah (أبو المجد بن عطية), Maqālah fī al-ḍarb wa-l-qismah bil-hindī min ghayr maḥw wa-la naql (مقالة في الضرب والقسمة بالهندي من غير محو ولا نقل) (ff. 179r-188r);
  • (20) Avicenna (ابن سينا), Maqālah fī al-nafs (مقالة في النفس; De anima ) (ff. 188v-198v).
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Codex A collection of pages, usually gathered into quires, and bound between covers. ; ff. i+198+i
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Physical characteristics

Material: Paper

Dimensions: 326 x 235 mm leaf [215 x 155 mm written]

Foliation: Eastern Arabic foliation in black ink; British Museum foliation in pencil

Ruling: Misṭarah ; 27 lines per page; vertical spacing 13 lines per 10 cm

Script: Naskh

Ink: Brown ink, with some headings in red

Binding: British Museum binding

Condition: Minor water damage and foxing, wax drippings and some burn marks; some leaves damaged and repaired

Marginalia: Very few

Seals: 1r

Written in
Arabic in Arabic script
Type
Manuscript

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British Library: Oriental Manuscripts
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Unrestricted

Archive reference
Add MS 7473

History of this record

Date(s)
639 (AH, Hijri qamari)
Provenance

Ibrāhīm ibn Ṭuhr al-Tabrīzī ? (ابرهيم بن طهر التبريزي ؟): his inscription, undated (f. 1r)

Immediate source of acquisition

Purchased from Mary Rich (née Mackintosh), widow of Claudius James Rich (1786-1821), Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. in Baghdad (1808-1821), 25 March 1825

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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 427, pp. 205-9

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