Ḥall al-mūjiz حل الموجز Āqṣarā’ī, Muḥammad ibn Muḥammad أقصرائي، محمد بن محمد

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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+271+i. It was created in Rabī‘ II 961. It was written in Arabic. The original is part of the British Library: Oriental Manuscripts.

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Commentary by Jamāl al-Dīn Muḥammad ibn Muḥammad al-Aqṣarā’ī (جمال الدين محمد بن محمد الأقصرائي, d. 1378) on the Epitome of the Canon (موجز القانون) by Ibn al-Nafīs (ابن النفيس, d. 1288), an abridgment of Avicenna's (Ibn Sīnā, ابن سينا; d. 1037) Canon of Medicine (القانون في الطب).

This copy is lacking the first folio (cf. Wellcome, MS Arabic 202 in which the first words at the defective beginning of the present copy are found on f. 4r, line 12, the left-hand page of the first opening).

The copy was completed in Rabī‘ II 961/March-April 1554 by Muḥammad al-Maṣārī (see colophon Section at the end of a manuscript text. , f. 271r, transcribed below).

Begins (f. 1r, lines 1-2, defective at beginning):

والأغذية وقوانين الاتفراغات وغيرها وأنا أسأل الله التوفيق والعصمة والتمس من الأصدقاء

أن يعفوا الزلل ويسدوا الخلل أقول مثال المرض المختص الصداع فإنه لا يكون إلا في الرأس و ...

Ends (f. 271r, lines 3-17):

... وفي العسل والسكر أربعة

[مثاقيـ]ـل والله أعلم قال الشارح الفاضل العلامة البحر الزاخر النحرير الفاخر الطود

[... الـ]ـبحر الخضم شافع الزمان شريج الدوران سابق مضمار التحقيق والتدقيق

[...] المرشدين في الدلالة إلى سواء الطريق كشاف المشكلات حاوي

[...]ـتون تسهيل المعضلات جامع أصول المعاني في الدنيا والدين

خلاصة لباب أصحاب اليقين مجمع بحري الشريعة والحقيقة

شمس فلك العلوم الذي لم يفنه دقيقة

لا زالت كيمياء سعادة أنفاسه المتبركة

مباركًا فيها هذا آخر ما سمحت به

قريحة القريحة وفطنتي الجريحة

من شرح موجز القانون

[...]ـشروع فيه وإتمامه في أجوال يضربها الذهن كليلًا والقلب عليلًا

[... الـ]ـناظر في إصلاح ما وقع فيه من الخطأ إحسانًا والله تع يجازيه

روحًا وريحانًا والحمد لله المنة

تم

Colophon Section at the end of a manuscript text. (f. 271r, written diagonally below explicit):

تمت كتابة هذا الكتاب المو[...]

المحتاج إلى لطف الباري محمد ولي [...] محمد بن المصاري

في تأريخ شهر ربيع الثاني سنة إحدى وستين وتسعـ[مائة]

Extent and format
Codex A collection of pages, usually gathered into quires, and bound between covers. ; ff. i+271+i
Physical characteristics

Material: Eastern laid paper

Dimensions: 250 x 170 mm leaf [variously 166-172 x 114-115 mm written corresponding with changes of hand]

Foliation: British Museum foliation in pencil

Ruling: Misṭarah ; 23 lines per page; vertical spacing 14 lines per 10 cm

Script: Naskh ; more than one hand

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

Decoration: None

Binding: British Museum red, half-leather binding

Condition: Severe tide marks throughout, all folios guarded, ff. 1-9 and 265-70 mutilated with no loss of text, f. 271 mutilated wth some loss of text

Marginalia: Numerous by many hands

Seals: f. 271r

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Arabic in Arabic script
Type
Manuscript

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Original held at
British Library: Oriental Manuscripts
Access conditions

Unrestricted

Archive reference
Or 5931

History of this record

Date(s)
Rabī‘ II 961 (AH, Hijri qamari)
Immediate source of acquisition

Purchased from David Fetto, 30 March 1901

Related material

Finding aids

Ellis, A.G. and Edward Edwards, A Descriptive List of the Arabic Manuscripts Acquired by the Trustees of the British Museum since 1894 (London: British Museum, 1912), p. 44

Hamarneh, Sami, Catalogue of Arabic Manuscripts on Medicine and Pharmacy at the British Library (Cairo: Les Editions Universitaires d’Egypte, 1975), Item 236, p. 196

Select Bibliography

Editions:

  • Aqṣarā’ī, Muḥammad ibn Muḥammad, Ḥall al-mūjiz (Delhi: Kārkhānah-i Ḥājjī Valī Muḥammad, 1870)
  • Aqṣarā’ī, Muḥammad ibn Muḥammad, Aqṣarāyī (Lak'hnaw: Nawal Kishawr, 1877)

Study:

  • Iskandar, A.Z., A Catalogue of Arabic Manuscripts on Medicine and Science in the Wellcome Historical Medical Library (London: The Wellcome Historical Medical Library, 1967), p. 55

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Ḥall al-mūjiz حل الموجز Āqṣarā’ī, Muḥammad ibn Muḥammad أقصرائي، محمد بن محمد, British Library: Oriental Manuscripts, Or 5931, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100046774827.0x000001> [accessed 29 February 2020]

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