Arabic Ismaili Manuscripts: The Zahid Ali Collection by Delia Cortese

By Delia Cortese

This paintings represents a super corpus of Islamic manuscripts dedicated to the theological, philosophical, and old traditions of the Fatimid, post-Fatimid Yemeni in addition to Indian-Ismaili literature. The catalog, with its 179 annotated entries which research the literary and doctrinal points of those manuscripts, beneficial properties incipits in Arabic for every access and is supported by way of indices in either Arabic and Latin scripts. The paintings is totally illustrated and enriched via a complete contextualizing introduction.

Published by way of I.B.Tauris in organization with the Institute of Ismaili Studies.

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Fattå˙bhå¢í. Written in îdaypïr at the time of Ibråhím b. ™Abd al-Qådir, mentioned in the colophon. the catalogue 19 date: ‘yawm ™arafa’ 1152/1739. ; clear black naskhí within blue and red frame; title, headings and punctuation in red; corrections, additions and annotations in the margins; worm-eaten throughout without loss of text (B)Ms. 1240(ArI, ZA) copyist: Mïså b. Sul†ån™alí b. Óaydarjí, of Bhånpïr. The copyist states that he began to copy this manuscript on 1 Rabí™ al-awwal [1284]/2 July [1867].

One of the munåjåt is ascribed to Shaykh Mu˙ammad b. ®åhir b. Ibråhím. Incipit: �� ����� � ���� � � �� � �� � � � �� ��� ��� ������ � �� �� � �� ���� � � � ��� � � � � ��� ���� ��� ����� � � �� ���� �� ��� � Ms. 1304 (ArI, ZA) copyist: [Fa{l ™Alí b. Mu˙sin ™Alí]. d. (ca. 1341/1922). ; elegant black naskhí. [4] [Ad™iya] Anon. A collection of five prayers. 25r–31r). 52v. See also [cat. 84]. Incipit: � � � � � � � � �� � � � � � � � � ��� �� � � � ��� � � ����� �� ������ ���� � �������� � ������ �� � �� ����� ������� ���� �� � ���� � �� �� ��� � �� � �� �� ����� ���� � Ms.

2 (al-juz¢ al-thåní) Incipit: � � � � ���� � � � ��� � �� �� ����������� �� � ���� � �� � � ����� � � � ������ � ����� � ��� �� ������� ���� � � ��� ���� � � � ��� � ��� �� � �� � ���� ���� ���� ������� � � �� � � � � �� � � (C)Ms. 1213 (ArI, ZA) copyist: unknown. d. (mid 13th/19th century). 275r–280v in a different hand); headings, words and overlining in red; corrections, additions and the catalogue 27 annotations in the margins, sometimes in a later hand; worm-eaten throughout, some crude repairs.

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