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Box 1

The book of one who has never visited a jurist / The book of one who has never visited a jurist. Manuscript no. 1 1585 July.

Physical Description: 486 leaves : paper ; 280 × 153 mm. bound to 281 × 158 mm.

Scope and Content Note

Work of Shiite theology and jurisprudence, in five parts.
  • Author: Ibn Babawayh, ?li ibn al-?usayn, d. 941
  • Scribe: ?bd al-Ra?im Mazandarani
  • Language: Text in Arabic
  • Origin: Ottoman Mecca
  • Layout: 21 lines of text per page.
  • Script: Naskh.
  • Binding: Bound in black leather with brown and burgundy leather paste-downs.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink, headings and marked passages in red; double border in gold blue; some marginalia.
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The book of belief and unbelief from the book [called] al-kafi / Prayer book / The book of belief and unbelief from the book [called] al-kafi / Prayer book. Manuscript no. 2 1700.

Physical Description: 239 leaves : paper, ill. ; 245 × 165 mm. bound to 257 × 166 mm.

Scope and Content Note

Two works of Shiite theology.
  • Author: Kulayni, Mu?ammad ibn Y?qub, d. 941?
  • Language: Text in Arabic
  • Origin: ?afavid Persia
  • Layout: 17 lines of text per page.
  • Script: Nast?liq.
  • Binding: Bound in faux red Morocco, stamped in gilt.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink, headings in red; illuminations on 1b and 162b; few marginalia.
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[The light of the Sheikh of Tus] / [The light of the Sheikh of Tus]. Manuscript no. 3 1539.

Physical Description: 305 leaves : paper ; 213 × 140 mm. bound to 216 × 145 mm.

Scope and Content Note

Work of Shiite theology.
  • Author: [?usi, Mu?ammad ibn al-?asan, 995-1067?]
  • Language: Text in Arabic
  • Origin: ?afavid Persia
  • Layout: 8 lines of text per page.
  • Script: Naskh.
  • Binding: Bound in red leather, stamped in gilt, with purple, green and blue marbled paste-downs.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink, headings and marked passages in red; double borders in gold and blue; some marginalia.
Box 2

The laws and precepts of Islam / The laws and precepts of Islam. Manuscript no. 4 1670 April.

Physical Description: 334 leaves : paper ; 285 × 189 mm. bound to 285 × 193 mm.

Scope and Content Note

Works of Shiite jurisprudence and theology.
  • Author: Mu?aqqiq al-?illi, J? far ibn al-?asan, 1205 or 6-1277
  • Scribe: Mu?min ibn Sayyid Iftikhar al-Lalih'abadi
  • Language: Text in Arabic
  • Origin: ?afavid Persia or Ottoman empire
  • Layout: 17 lines of text per page.
  • Script: Naskh.
  • Binding: Bound in brown leather, blind-stamped, with leather fore-edge flap.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink, headings and marked passages in red; double borders; marginalia; water damage.
Box 2

The jewel of desire / The jewel of desire. Manuscript no. 8 1712 July.

Physical Description: 192 leaves : paper ; 287 × 188 mm. bound to 291 × 190 mm.

Scope and Content Note

Philosophy dedicated to Shah ?bbas II (r. 1642 to 1667).
  • Author: Lahiji, ?bd al-Razzaq, 17th cent.
  • Scribe: Mu?ammad ?usayn Tabrizi I?fahani
  • Language: Text in Persian
  • Origin: ?afavid Persia
  • Layout: 17 lines of text per page.
  • Script: Nast?liq.
  • Binding: Bound in black leather, stamped in gilt; black canvas spine.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink, chapter headings in red; marginalia.
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The source of faith / The source of faith. Manuscript no. 9 1696 June.

Physical Description: 167 leaves : paper ; 162 × 89 mm. bound to 162 × 95 mm.

Scope and Content Note

Philosophy.
  • Author: Lahiji, ?bd al-Razzaq, 17th cent.
  • Scribe: ?asan ibn Taj al-Din ?ul?an Mu?ammad.
  • Language: Text in Persian
  • Origin: Ottoman empire
  • Layout: 14 lines of text per page.
  • Script: Nast?liq.
  • Binding: Bound in green and burgundy leather with marbled paste-downs; fore-edge flap.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink, chapter headings in red; marginalia.
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Delightful elegance commenting on the Alfiya / Delightful elegance commenting on the Alfiya. Manuscript no. 10 1649.

Physical Description: 172 leaves : paper ; 162 × 89 mm. bound to 162 × 95 mm.

Scope and Content Note

Suyu?i's commentary on a work of poetics by Ibn Malik (d. 1274).
  • Author: Suyu?i, 1445-1505
  • Scribe: ?li Taqi al-Khurasani
  • Language: Text in Arabic
  • Origin: Ottoman empire
  • Layout: about 12 lines of text per page.
  • Script: Naskh.
  • Binding: Bound in black leather, blind-stamped, with orange and green paste-downs.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink, chapter headings in red; marginalia. Leaves [9-135] in different hands. Fore-edge title.
Box 2

Commentary on Ibn ?ijjah's rhetorical excellence / Commentary on Ibn ?ijjah's rhetorical excellence. Manuscript no. 11 1684.

Physical Description: 108 leaves : paper ; 201 × 141 mm. bound to 202 × 145 mm.

Scope and Content Note

Four works, by three authors.
  • Works 1 and 2 are by Suyu?i, [2-21] and [24a-80b], Shar? badi ? iyah Ibn ?ijjah and Shar? badi ? iyah ?a'isha, respectively;
  • 3. Ba ? uniyah, ?a'ishah bint Yusuf, d. 1516 or 17, religious and secular poetry, [81a-98b];
  • 4. al-Maridini, Abu al-?asan ?li ibn al-Musharraf fl. 1442, Qasidah (hymn), [105a-108b].
These works are seperated by one-page texts on various topics, such as a list of Ottoman emperors to Mehmed IV (r. 1648-87), on leaf [24a].
  • Author: Suyu?i, 1445-1505 [et al.]
  • Scribe: ?bd al-Qadir ibn A?mad ?azim
  • Language: Text in Arabic
  • Origin: Ottoman empire [Iraq]
  • Layout: 19 lines of text per page.
  • Script: Naskh.
  • Binding: Bound in soft brown leather with burgundy inlays; burgundy spine.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink, marked passages in red; marginalia.
Box 2

[Commentary on the Ta?iyat of ibn al-Fari?] / [Commentary on the Ta?iyat of ibn al-Fari?]. Manuscript no. 12 [16--]?.

Physical Description: 96 leaves : paper ; 180 × 117 mm. bound to 185 × 121 mm.

Scope and Content Note

Qay?ari's commentary on the works of Sufi poet Ibn al-Fari? (1181 or 2-1235).
  • Author: Qay?ari, Dawud ibn Ma?mud, d. 1350 or 51
  • Scribe: Mu?ammad ibn Abu Bakr
  • Language: Text in Arabic
  • Origin: Ottoman empire [Iraq]
  • Layout: 25 lines of text per page.
  • Script: Naskh.
  • Binding: Bound in soft red leather.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink, marked passages in red; marginalia. Title written on lower edge of text block.
Box 3

[Commentary upon the curative book in the science of conjugation] / [Commentary upon the curative book in the science of conjugation]. Manuscript no. 13 [16--]?.

Physical Description: 173 leaves : paper ; 182 × 134 mm. bound to 192 × 140 mm.

Scope and Content Note

Commentary on the grammatical work of Ibn al-?ajib (1175-1249).
  • Author: Jarbardi, Fakhr al-Din A?mad ibn al-?asan, d. 1345
  • Scribe: ?usayn ibn ?li ibn Taj al-Din al-Najafi
  • Language: Text in Arabic
  • Origin: ?afavid Persia
  • Layout: 18 lines of text per page.
  • Script: Naskh.
  • Binding: Bound in brown leather with blind-stamped inlays.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink, words marking quotations in red; marginalia. Author's name on bottom-edge.
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The adequate book commenting upon the complete book / The adequate book commenting upon the complete book. Manuscript no. 14 1690 January.

Physical Description: 153 leaves : paper ; 245 × 137 mm. bound to 245 × 137 mm.

Scope and Content Note

Commentary on the grammatical work of Ibn al-?ajib (1175-1249), dedicated to a prince called Ibrahim ibn Yghrsh(?) Bilgä, the Khotanese king.
  • Author: Astarabadi, ?asan ibn Mu?ammad, d. 1315
  • Scribe: Mu?ammad Ism? il ibn Mir Mu?ammad al-?usayni
  • Language: Text in Arabic
  • Origin: ?afavid Persia
  • Layout: 21 lines of text per page.
  • Script: Naskh.
  • Binding: Bound in brown leather, blind-stamped.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink, underlining in red; marginalia. Cover title.
Box 3

[Anthology of religious prose and poetry] / [Anthology of religious prose and poetry]. Manuscript no. 15 1753.

Physical Description: 97 leaves : paper ; 203 × 129 mm. bound to 203 × 142 mm.

Scope and Content Note

Literary anthology containing the works of Shihab al-Din A?mad al-Suhrawardi, Mu?iy al-Din ibn al- ?rabi, Mu?ammad al-?amadani, Mu?ammad al-?a??ab, Badr al-Din al- ?adili, Abu Ishaq al-Asfarani, and Abu al-?asan Shadhili.
  • Language: Text in Arabic, Persian, Turkish
  • Origin: Ottoman empire [Iraq]
  • Layout: 14 lines of text per page.
  • Script: Naskh.
  • Binding: Bound in blue cloth over boards.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink, marked passages in red; marginalia.
Box 3

The forty / The forty. Manuscript no. 16 [16--]?.

Physical Description: 388 leaves : paper ; 203 × 142 mm. bound to 200 × 140 mm.

Scope and Content Note

Shiite theology. An apologetic account, comprising 40 theses, of the ?lawite dynasty, paticularly of the twelve Imams in the light of various humanistic aspects.
  • Author: [Qummi, Mu?ammad ?ahir, d. 1686 or 7]
  • Language: Text in Arabic
  • Origin: ?afavid Persia?
  • Layout: 15 lines of text per page.
  • Script: Naskh.
  • Binding: Bound in tan leather with blue, yellow and pink marbled paste-downs; black tooling on edges. Fore-edge flap.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink, marked passages in red; marginalia. Leaves [1-38] possibly in author's hand.
Box 3

[Anthology of astronomy] / [Anthology of astronomy]. Manuscript no. 17 [between 1795 and 1818?].

Physical Description: 167 leaves : paper ; 157 × 108 mm. bound to 157 × 107 mm.

Scope and Content Note

Contains seven separate essays, in both verse and prose, on astronomy, including astrology, the science of astrolabes, and cosmic psychology.
  • Language: Text in Persian and Arabic
  • Origin: Qajar Iran
  • Layout: Average 15 lines of text per page.
  • Script: Naskh and Nast?liq.
  • Binding: Bound in black leather, blind-stamped, with brown leather paste-downs.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink, marked passages in red; marginalia.
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[Treatise] on the science of prosody / [Treatise] on the science of prosody. Manuscript no. 18 1854 March.

Physical Description: 46 leaves : paper ; 176 × 109 mm. bound to 177 × 113 mm.

Scope and Content Note

  • Author: ?aba?aba?i, Mu?ammad Raf? ibn ?li A?ghar
  • Language: Text in Arabic
  • Origin: Qajar Iran
  • Layout: 12 lines of text per page.
  • Script: Naskh.
  • Binding: Bound in soft red leather, with green paste-downs.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink, marked passages in red; marginalia. Possibly signed by the author on leaf [1a].
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The pilgrim's gift / The pilgrim's gift. Manuscript no. 19 1733.

Physical Description: 284 leaves : paper ; 197 × 129 mm. bound to 198 × 130 mm.

Scope and Content Note

Popular work on pilgrimage to Shiite holy sites.
  • Author: Majlisi, Mu?ammad Baqir ibn Mu?ammad Taqi, 1627 or 8-ca. 1699
  • Language: Text in Arabic and Persian
  • Origin: ?afavid Persia
  • Layout: 20 lines of text per page.
  • Script: Naskh.
  • Binding: Bound in black leather, with red leather on spine and edges; blue, red and yellow marbled paste-downs.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink, marked passages in red; marginalia.
Box 3

Exegesis of the [Koranic] chapter Iron / Exegesis of the [Koranic] chapter Iron. Manuscript no. 20 [18--]?.

Physical Description: 108 leaves : paper ; 197 × 129 mm. bound to 198 × 130 mm.

Scope and Content Note

Theology. Exegesis by the ?afavid philosopher ?dr al-Din Shirazi on the 57th chapter of the Koran.
  • Author: ?adr al-Din Shirazi, Mu?ammad ibn Ibrahim, d. 1641
  • Language: Text in Arabic
  • Origin: Qajar Iran?
  • Layout: 17 lines of text per page.
  • Script: Naskh.
  • Binding: Bound in soft red leather.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink, marked passages in red.
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Book of guidance for learning about the authority of God over [his] servants / Book of guidance for learning about the authority of God over [his] servants. Manuscript no. 21 1654 June.

Physical Description: 138 leaves : paper ; 243 × 157 mm. bound to 247 × 168 mm.

Scope and Content Note

Work on the lives of Shiite Imams.
  • Author: Mufid, Mu?ammad ibn Mu?ammad, d. 1022
  • Language: Text in Arabic
  • Origin: ?afavid Persia
  • Layout: 22 lines of text per page.
  • Script: Naskh.
  • Binding: Bound in brown and tan leather with green, blue and yellow marbled paste-downs.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink, marked passages in red. Extensive marginalia. Title on spine and lower edge of text block. Insect damage.
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Blessed invocations / Blessed invocations. Manuscript no. 22 1580 March.

Physical Description: 162 leaves : paper ; 166 × 108 mm. bound to 169 × 113 mm.

Scope and Content Note

Sayings attributed to the eighth Shiite Imam, with Persian commentary.
  • Author: ?li al-Ri?a ibn Musá, d. 818 or 19
  • Scribe: Khalil Allah Shirazi
  • Language: Text in Arabic and Persian
  • Origin: ?afavid Persia
  • Layout: 10 lines of text per page.
  • Script: Nast?liq.
  • Binding: Bound in soft black leather, with tan leather along edges and spine.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink, marked passages and underlining in red; marginalia.
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[Treatise on dialectics] / [Treatise on dialectics]. Manuscript no. 23 1697.

Physical Description: 83 leaves : paper ; 186 × 111 mm. bound to 1889 × 117 mm.

Scope and Content Note

Two philosophical works, consisting of a treatise by Fakhr al-Din Mu?ammad ibn ?Umar Razi entitled Risalah fi ?ilm al-kalam [1a-50b], and marginalia by Khalifah Sultan entitled T?liqah fi ?ilm al-kalam [51b-83b]. The preliminary pages of the first tract are missing, though the author may be identified on leaves 4b and 6b, where his name is written between the lines.
  • Author: Razi, Fakhr al-Din Mu?ammad ibn ?Umar, 1149 or 50-1210 / Khalifah Sultan (d. 1653)
  • Scribe: Mu?ammad Karim
  • Language: Text in Arabic
  • Origin: ?afavid Persia
  • Layout: 19 lines of text per page.
  • Script: Naskh.
  • Binding: Bound in soft red leather with tan leather spine.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink, marked words and underlining in red. Extensive marginalia on the first title. Title on lower edge of text block.
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Commentary on the [book called] U?ul al-kafi / Commentary on the [book called] U?ul al-kafi. Manuscript no. 24 1665 May.

Physical Description: 151 leaves : paper ; 193 × 98 mm. bound to 193 × 102 mm.

Scope and Content Note

Shiite jurisprudence. Also known as The marginalia of our lord Mulla Khalil on the Preparation of the Fundamentals, by Mu?ammad ibn al- ?asan ?usi (995-1067).
  • Author: Qazwini, Khalil ibn al-Ghazi, 1592 or 3-1678 or 9
  • Scribe: Mu?ammad Na?ir ibn Af?al Beg
  • Language: Text in Arabic
  • Origin: ?afavid Persia or Ottoman Mecca?
  • Layout: 17 lines of text per page.
  • Script: Naskh.
  • Binding: Bound in burgundy leather with green, pink and blue marbled paste-downs. Fore-edge flap.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink, marked passages and underlining in red; marginalia.
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Mirror of truth / Mirror of truth. Manuscript no. 25 1790 July.

Physical Description: 180 leaves : paper ; 205 × 118 mm. bound to 208 × 128 mm.

Scope and Content Note

Sufism, including anecdotes of holy men's lives, and verses from popular literature.
  • Author: Maj?ub ?li Shah, Mu?ammad J?far, d. 1823 or 4
  • Language: Text in Persian and Arabic
  • Origin: Zand Iran
  • Layout: 17 lines of text per page.
  • Script: Naskh.
  • Binding: Bound in soft red leather, blind-stamped.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink, marked passages and underlining in red; some marginalia. Title on lower edge of text block.
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Treatise on the proper reading of the glorious Koran / Treatise on the proper reading of the glorious Koran. Manuscript no. 26 1854 October.

Physical Description: 68 leaves : paper ; 153 × 101 mm. bound to 153 × 104 mm.

Scope and Content Note

Compilation of traditions on the proper reading of the Koran.
  • Scribe: ?li ibn A?mad
  • Language: Text in Arabic
  • Origin: Qajar Iran
  • Layout: 11 lines of text per page.
  • Script: Naskh.
  • Binding: Bound in black leather over stiff paper boards.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink, marked passages and underlining in red. Water damage.
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Synopsis of the Quintessence / Synopsis of the Quintessence. Manuscript no. 27 1654 February.

Physical Description: 267 leaves : paper ; 174 × 83 mm. bound to 174 × 88 mm.

Scope and Content Note

Arabic grammar.
  • Author: Taftazani, Mas?ud ibn ?Umar, 1322-1389?
  • Scribe: Abu Turab ibn Isma?il al-?usayni
  • Language: Text in Arabic
  • Origin: ?afavid Persia
  • Layout: 17 lines of text per page.
  • Script: Naskh.
  • Binding: Bound in black and brown leather, with canvas spine.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink, marked passages and underlining in red. Some marginalia.
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The solar tractate on logic / The solar tractate on logic. Manuscript no. 28 1788.

Physical Description: 187 leaves : paper ; 206 × 104 mm. bound to 206 × 108 mm.

Scope and Content Note

Treatise on logic.
  • Author: [Taftazani, Mas?ud ibn ?Umar, 1322-1389?]
  • Language: Text in Arabic
  • Origin: Zand Iran
  • Layout: 17 lines of text per page.
  • Script: Naskh.
  • Binding: Bound in soft brown leather.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink, marked passages and underlining in red; occasional charts and marginalia.
Box 4

Treatise on the Friday prayer / Treatise on the Friday prayer. Manuscript no. 29 1716 June.

Physical Description: 56 leaves : paper ; 161 × 96 mm. bound to 161 × 98 mm.

Scope and Content Note

Religious text on the regulation of Friday prayers.
  • Author: [Shahid al-Thani, Zayn al-Din ibn ?li, 1506-1559 ]
  • Scribe: Mu?ammad Taqi
  • Language: Text in Arabic
  • Origin: ?afavid Persia
  • Layout: 17 lines of text per page.
  • Script: Naskh.
  • Binding: Bound in multi-colored leather fragments.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink, some underlining in red.
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[The treatise on the peculiarities of Friday] / [The treatise on the peculiarities of Friday]. Manuscript no. 30 [before 1708?].

Physical Description: 8 leaves : paper ; 212 × 139 mm. bound to 220 × 147 mm.

Scope and Content Note

Religious work in a fine, ornamental script enumerating the forty peculiarities of Friday.
  • Author: [Shahid al-Thani, Zayn al-Din ibn ?li, 1506-1559 ]
  • Language: Text in Arabic
  • Origin: ?afavid Persia
  • Layout: 21 lines of text per page.
  • Script: Naskh.
  • Binding: Bound in brown wrappers over boards.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink, marked passages and underlining in red; extensive marginalia.
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Commentary on the summary of mathematics / Commentary on the summary of mathematics. Manuscript no. 31 1635 February.

Physical Description: 110 leaves : paper ; 212 × 139 mm. bound to 220 × 147 mm.

Scope and Content Note

The author calls his work a commentary on the secondary problems of the text on mathematics by Baha al-Din Mu?ammad ibn ?usayn ?amili (1547-1621). Contains charts, tables, and drawings.
  • Author: al-?aba?aba?i, Mu?ammad Ashraf b. ?abib Allah al-?asani al-?usayni
  • Scribe: ?bd Allah ibn Khalifa
  • Language: Text in Arabic
  • Origin: ?afavid Persia
  • Layout: 17 lines of text per page.
  • Script: Naskh.
  • Binding: Bound in orange-brown leather, blind stamped, with blue paste-downs.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink; extensive marginalia. Appendix on the last three leaves. Fore-edge title.
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The essence of the foundations / The essence of the foundations. Manuscript no. 32 1638.

Physical Description: 104 leaves : paper ; 190 × 126 mm. bound to 192 × 131 mm.

Scope and Content Note

Shiite theology by the famous scholar, sometime vizier to Shah Abbas, the ?afavid monarch.
  • Author: ?amili, Baha al-Din Mu?ammad ibn ?usayn, 1547-1621
  • Scribe: ?bd al-Qadir ibn ?aydar
  • Language: Text in Arabic
  • Origin: ?afavid Persia?
  • Layout: 7 lines of text per page.
  • Script: Naskh.
  • Binding: Bound in brown leather, with blue, yellow and white marbled paste-downs. Fore-edge flap.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink, chapter headings in red; extensive marginalia; some stains and smearing.
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The book of the ?shariyah / The book of the ?shariyah. Manuscript no. 34 1893.

Physical Description: 132 leaves : paper ; 190 × 126 mm. bound to 192 × 131 mm.

Scope and Content Note

Fourteen tales of the martyrdom of the third Shiite Imam, ?usayn.
  • Author: Haj Shaykh J?far
  • Scribe: [Illegible] Baqir
  • Language: Text in Arabic and Persian
  • Origin: Qajar Iran
  • Layout: 6 lines of text per page.
  • Script: Naskh.
  • Binding: Bound in red leather, blind-stamped, with a brown leather spine.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink, marked words in red; some marginalia.
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Pathway of the faithful / Pathway of the faithful. Manuscript no. 35 1743 September.

Physical Description: 136 leaves : paper ; 211 × 125 mm. bound to 211 × 132 mm.

Scope and Content Note

Religious text on Sufism.
  • Author: Ghazzali, 1058-1111
  • Scribe: Shams al-Din
  • Language: Text in Arabic
  • Origin: Afshar Persia
  • Layout: 16 lines of text per page.
  • Script: Naskh.
  • Binding: Bound in brown leather, blind stamped.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink, marked words in red; some marginalia.
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Tractate on Arabic lingustics / Tractate on Arabic lingustics. Manuscript no. 36 1820 February.

Physical Description: 116 leaves : paper ; 207 × 147 mm. bound to 207 × 147 mm.

Scope and Content Note

Two works. The first work is Qatr al-nadá, [1-84]. The second work is entitled Mukhta?ari dar abyat-I shar?-I qatr, (Brief remarks on the verses of Shar?-I qatr), a commentary on the first text, by Ni?am al-Din A?mad al-Ardabili. Leaves [88b-116b] contain an Arabic grammar.
  • Author: Ibn Hisham, ?bd Allah ibn Yusuf, 1309-1360 / Ni?am al-Din A?mad al-Ardabili
  • Scribe: Afrasiyab ibn Malik al-?addad
  • Language: Text in Arabic and Persian
  • Origin: Qajar Iran
  • Layout: 15 lines of text per page.
  • Script: Nast?liq.
  • Binding: Bound in soft brown leather, blind-stamped.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink, marked words and underlining in red; some water damage.
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Systematic account of the principal means of Shiism / Systematic account of the principal means of Shiism. Manuscript no. 37 [16--]?.

Physical Description: 82 leaves : paper ; 187 × 120 mm. bound to 197 × 122 mm.

Scope and Content Note

Shiite theology and jurisprudence.
  • Author: ?urr al-?amili, Mu?ammad ibn al-?asan, 1624-1693
  • Language: Text in Arabic and Persian
  • Origin: ?afavid Persia
  • Layout: 16 lines of text per page.
  • Script: Naskh.
  • Binding: Bound in soft brown leather, with green leather on edges.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink, marked passages and some underlining in red; some marginalia.
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The book of important chapters about the fundamentals regarding the Imams / The book of important chapters about the fundamentals regarding the Imams. Manuscript no. 38 1697.

Physical Description: 300 leaves : paper ; 180 × 116 mm. bound to 182 × 127 mm.

Scope and Content Note

Work of theology on Shiite Imams.
  • Author: ?urr al-?amili, Mu?ammad ibn al-?asan, 1624-1693
  • Scribe: ?aj Khuda Bakhsh
  • Language: Text in Arabic
  • Origin: ?afavid Herat
  • Layout: 17 lines of text per page.
  • Script: Naskh.
  • Binding: Bound in brown leather, blind-stamped, with orange leather on edges.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink, marked words and some underlining in red; some marginalia.
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Part one of the book for the guidance of the community / Part one of the book for the guidance of the community. Manuscript no. 39 [16--]?.

Physical Description: 214 leaves : paper ; 223 × 160 mm. bound to 223 × 167 mm.

Scope and Content Note

Shiite religious jurisprudence for common practice; written by multiple scribes.
  • Author: ?urr al-?amili, Mu?ammad ibn al-?asan, 1624-1693
  • Scribe: Mu?ammad ?alih ibn Mu?ammad J?far
  • Language: Text in Arabic
  • Origin: ?afavid Persia
  • Layout: 22 lines of text per page.
  • Script: Naskh.
  • Binding: Bound in soft brown leather, with green leather on edges.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink, marked words and some underlining in red; some marginalia. Occasional stains and ink smears. Title on lower fore-edge of text block.
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The book of the eminent selection / The book of the eminent selection. Manuscript no. 40 [after 1640?].

Physical Description: 116 leaves : paper ; 182 × 115 mm. bound to 180 × 122 mm.

Scope and Content Note

Shiite jurisprudence concerning day-to-day issues.
  • Author: Fay? al-Kashi, Mu?ammad ibn Murta?á, 1598 or 9-1680 or 81
  • Language: Text in Arabic
  • Origin: ?afavid Persia
  • Layout: 17 lines of text per page.
  • Script: Naskh.
  • Binding: Bound in soft brown leather, with green leather on edges.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink, marked words and some underlining in red; some marginalia. insect and water damage. Title on lower edge of text block.
Box 4

[Commentary on the wine poem of al-Fari??á] / [Commentary on the wine poem of al-Fari??á]. Manuscript no. 41 1626 August.

Physical Description: 40 leaves : paper ; 209 × 134 mm. bound to 210 × 135 mm.

Scope and Content Note

Jami's commentary on the Arabic poem of the Sufi poet Ibn al-Fari?.
  • Author: Jami, 1414-1492
  • Scribe: Asad Allah al-Ardalani
  • Language: Text in Persian and Arabic
  • Origin: ?afavid Persia
  • Layout: 19 lines of text per page.
  • Script: Nast?liq.
  • Binding: Bound in brown leather, blind stamped, with red paste-downs.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink, marked words, original verses, and some underlining in red; some water damage.
Box 5

[The exhaustive one] / [The exhaustive one]. Manuscript no. 42 1648 December.

Physical Description: 233 leaves : paper ; 245 × 127 mm. bound to 247 × 135 mm.

Scope and Content Note

Taftazani's commentary on a work of Arabic rhetoric by Jalal al-Din Mu?ammad Qazwini.
  • Author: [Taftazani, Mas?ud ibn ?Umar, 1322-1389?]
  • Scribe: al-I?fahani (mostly erased)
  • Language: Text in Arabic
  • Origin: ?afavid I?fahan
  • Layout: 23 lines of text per page.
  • Script: Nast?liq.
  • Binding: Bound in brown leather, with black leather spine.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink, underlining in red; extensive marginalia.
Box 6

Gardens of eternity / Gardens of eternity. Manuscript no. 43 1713 [chronogram].

Physical Description: 35 leaves : paper ; 415 × 255 mm. bound to 425 × 272 mm.

Scope and Content Note

Encyclopedic work of ?afavid times, dated by the chronogram of its title, which adds up to 1125 AH. Dedicated to Shah Sultan Husayn (1694- 1722), the work furnishes a survey of contemporary knowledge (religious, historical, geographical, medicinal, etc.).
  • Author: Khatunabadi, Mu?ammad Ri?a ibn Mu?ammad Mu?min, fl. 1715.
  • Language: Text in Persian and Arabic
  • Origin: ?afavid Persia
  • Layout: Average nine rows of text per page.
  • Script: Nast?liq.
  • Binding: Bound in black leather.
  • Additional descriptive data: Text in black ink, marked words or passages in red and blue; text contained in silver, red, and blue borders; leaves on brown, blue, green, pink, and purple paper.