Ḥikāyat Zayn al-Mawāṣif wa-mā jarā lahā ma‘a Masrūr al-ʿaṭṭār حكاية زين المواصف وما جرا لها مع مسرور العطار

Or 2601, ff 79r-88v

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The record is made up of Ff. 79r-88v. It was created in 14th century. It was written in Arabic. The original is part of the British Library: Oriental Manuscripts.

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Fragment of the 'Tale of Zayn al-Mawāṣif and Masrūr the Druggist'. The tale is found in The 1001 Nights (ألف ليلة وليلة; see Macnaghten edition, also known as Calcutta II, vol. 4, pp. 190-246), but appears here without the frame-narrative. The narrator of the tale is referred to simply as the story-teller (الراوي; see e.g. f. 80v, line 4), and not Shahrazād (the narrator of the The 1001 Nights ), and the tale is not here broken into 'nights'.

The title page (f. 79r) reads:

حكاية زين

المواصف وما جرا لها

مع مسرور العطار

والقاضي والشهود

وهي تعلبهم ولم ينالوا

منها مقصود

على إتمام وإضمار (؟)

Begins (f. 79v, lines 1-):

حكاية مسرور وما جرا له مع

زين المواصف ذكروا والله اعلم

بغيبه واحكم فيما مضى وتقدم

من أحاديث الأمم إن كان في قديم

الزمان وسالف الدهور والأعوام

والأيام رجل يقال له مسرور وكان

عطارًا ويقال إنه على دين النصرانية

Ends (f. 88v, lines 9-11):

بصاد تلهوا في الغرام بمدهي

يعايدوني فيك على زماني

[...] عينَ ذا فضة [...] مليحة

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14th century (CE, Gregorian)

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  • Alf laylah wa-laylah, aʿnī, Kitāb alf laylah wa-laylah: yudʿá ʿumūman Asmār al-layālī lil-ʿArab mimmā yataḍammanu al-fukāhah wa-yūrathu al-ṭarab, The Alif laila, or, Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night, Commonly Known as 'The Arabian Nights' Entertainments', ed. by W.H. Macnaghten, 4 vols (Calcutta: Thacker, 1839-1842), vol. 4, pp. 190-246


  • The Arabian Nights: Tales of 1001 Nights , trans. by Malcolm Lyons and Ursula Lyons, 3 vols (London: Penguin, 2008), vol. 3, pp. 293-341


  • Chauvin, Victor, Bibliographie des ouvrages arabes ou relatifs aux Arabes publiés dans l'Europe chrétienne de 1810 à 1885 , 12 vols (Liège: H. Vaillant-Carmanne, 1892-1922), vol. 6, pp. 82-4
  • Marzolph, Ulrich and Richard van Leeuwen, The Arabian Nights Encyclopedia , 2 vols (Santa Barbara, Calif.; Oxford: ABC-CLIO, 2004), vol.1, pp. 294-95

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Ḥikāyat Zayn al-Mawāṣif wa-mā jarā lahā ma‘a Masrūr al-ʿaṭṭār حكاية زين المواصف وما جرا لها مع مسرور العطار, British Library: Oriental Manuscripts, Or 2601, ff 79r-88v, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100024114874.0x000003> [accessed 21 February 2024]

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