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Kitāb al-mu‘tamad fī al-adwīyah al-mufradah كتاب المعتمد في الأدوية المفردة ‘Umar ibn Yūsuf عمر بن يوسف [‎64r] (136/320)

The record is made up of Codex A collection of pages, usually gathered into quires, and bound between covers. ; ff. i+153+ii. It was created in 15th century. It was written in Arabic. The original is part of the British Library: Oriental Manuscripts.

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Alphabetical dictionary of simple drugs drawing on the works of earlier medical texts a list of which and the abbreviations used to cite them is given on f. 1v, lines 7-14. In this copy the text is attributed to the Rasūlid sultan of Yemen al-Malik al-Ashraf ‘Umar (II) ibn Yūsuf ibn ‘Umar ibn ‘Alī ibn Rasūl (الملك الأشرف عمر بن يوسف بن عمر بن علي بن رسول, reg. 1295-6, see f. 99r, lines 12-13). Other copies attribute it to his father al-Malik al-Muẓaffar Yūsuf (I) ibn ‘Umar (الملك المظفر يوسف بن عمر, reg. 1250-95) or to both the father and son (see Ullmann, Manfred, Die Medizin im Islam [1970], p. 285).

The treatise is divided into two parts (جزؤان): letters alif-ṣād (ff. 1v-99r), and ḍād-yā’ (ff. 99r-153v, defective at end). Folios 143-153 are of different paper and copied by a later hand. The copy is defective at end, breaking off abruptly in the penultimate entry (= ed. al-Damyāṭī [2000], p. 404, line 10).

Begins (f. 1v, lines 2-4):

الحمد لله أوجد الأشياء بحكمته وابتدع المخلوقات إظهارًا لقدرة وفضل

الإنسان على سائر الحيوانات برحمته وجعل له دواء يقيه الداء بمشيئته وصلى

الله على رسوله سيدنا محمد خيرته من خليقته وعلى أصحابه ...

Ends (f. 153v, lines 29-30, defective at end):

... ينبوت ع ح هو خرنوب المـ[...]

وقيل إنه الخرنوب النبطي ومن الينبوت نوع (؟) شجرة عظيمـ[ـة] كـ[ـشجرة] التفاح الكبيرة ورقها أصغر من ورق التفاح ولها ثمر أصغر من ورق الـ[...]

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Codex A collection of pages, usually gathered into quires, and bound between covers. ; ff. i+153+ii
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Material: Eastern laid paper (ff. 1-142), Western laid paper (ff. 143-153)

Dimensions: 280 x 200 mm leaf [230 x 165 mm written]

Foliation: British Museum foliation in pencil

Ruling: Misṭarah ; 30 lines per page; vertical spacing 14 lines per 10 cm

Script: Naskh

Ink: Black ink, with rubricated headwords, abbreviations and some punctuation

Decoration: None

Binding: British Museum half-leather binding

Condition: Minor tidemarks especially towards head of volume, first and last few folios mutilated in margins and repaired, some foxing and stains

Marginalia: Few, by more than one hand

Seals: None

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Kitāb al-mu‘tamad fī al-adwīyah al-mufradah كتاب المعتمد في الأدوية المفردة ‘Umar ibn Yūsuf عمر بن يوسف [‎64r] (136/320), British Library: Oriental Manuscripts, Or 3738, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100069637962.0x000089> [accessed 30 March 2020]

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