Kitāb al-milal wa-al-duwwal كتاب الملل والدوّل Abū Ma‘shar أبو معشر

Or 7716, ff 1r-117r

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The record is made up of Ff. 1r-117r. It was created in 17th century. It was written in Arabic. The original is part of the British Library: Oriental Manuscripts.

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Major treatise on historical astrology by Abū Ma‘shar Ja‘far ibn Muḥammad ibn ‘Umar al-Balkhi (أبو معشر جعفر بن محمد عمر البلخي; d. ca 886).

The text is divided into eight parts (مقالات) in sixty-three chapters (فصول), not ninety-three chapters as erroneously stated in this manuscript (f. 1v, line 4, transcribed below). There are diagrams of three horoscopes (ff. 113v and 114r).

Begins (f. 1v, lines 2-5):

هذا كتاب في جمل من دلالات الأشجاص العلوية على الأحداث السفلية

الكائنة في عالم الكون والفساد من جهة فسادها صلاحها عند طلوع المبادئ

القرانية أو غيرها وهي ثمان مقالات وثلاثة وتسعون فصلًا تأليف أبي معشر

جعفر بن محمد وهو المسمى بكتاب الملل والدول ...

Ends (f. 117, lines 20-22):

... فإذ قد أتينا على ما أردنا وصفه فلنكمل الفصل الثاني من المقالة

الثامنة مع إكمالنا جملة الكتاب بعون الله وتأييده والحمد لله وحده وصلى الله على

سيدنا محمد وعلى آله صحبه وسلم

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17th century (CE, Gregorian)

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Editions of Arabic text and Latin version, and English translation:

  • Abū Ma‘shar, On Historical Astrology, The Book of Religions and Dynasties (On the Great Conjunctions) , ed. and trans. by Keiji Yamamoto and Charles Burnett, 2 vols, (Leiden: Brill, 2000)


  • Yamamoto, Keiji, 'Abū Ma‘shar Ja‘far ibn Muḥammad ibn ‘Umar al-Balkhi' in The Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers , Thomas Hockey et al., eds., (New York: Springer, 2007) p. 11

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Kitāb al-milal wa-al-duwwal كتاب الملل والدوّل Abū Ma‘shar أبو معشر, British Library: Oriental Manuscripts, Or 7716, ff 1r-117r, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 14 October 2019]

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