Near Eastern mss., 700-1915

Collection of Near Eastern materials, 700-1915, at the Lilly Library, Indiana University

Finding aid created by Ava Dickerson

Creator: Jazūlī, Muḥammad ibn Sulaymān, 1404-1465
Creator: Avicenna, 980-1037
Creator: Omar Khayyam
Title: Near Eastern mss.
Collection No.: LMC 1789
Dates: 700-1915
Quantity:

Quantity: 3.5 linear feet

Abstract: The Near Eastern mss., 700-1915, consist of a collection of individually acquired manuscripts pertaining to the region formerly known as the Near East, now referred to as the Middle East.
Location: Lilly - Stacks
Language: Turkish , Arabic , Persian .
Repository: Lilly Library
1200 E. Seventh St.
Bloomington, Indiana 47405-5500
Business Number: 812-855-2452
liblilly@indiana.edu
URL: https://libraries.indiana.edu/lilly-library

Historical Note

See individual items for further description.

Scope and Contents

The Near Eastern mss. is a collection of individually acquired manuscripts pertaining to the region formerly known as the Near East, now referred to as the Middle East. See inventory for more details.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically.

Restrictions

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Indexed Terms

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Item], Near Eastern mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received from numerous sources at various times. Accession information is given for the majority of entries.

Collection Inventory

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Arabic, Coptic, and Turkish manuscripts on papyrus and paper , ca. 700 - ca. 1799

Physical Description: 8 autograph documents 19 p. 11-31 cm.

Scope and Contents: Contents: 1) Bilingual, Copto-Arabic papyrus fragment. Probably 8th century, A.D. 13 x 16 cm.; 4) Arabic papyrus fragment. ca. 9th century A.D. 15 x 23 cm.; 5) Arabic papyrus fragment. ca. 9th century A.D. 11 x 23 cm.; 6) Business letter on ancient rag paper from Fustat, Egypt. Bilingual, Copto-Arabic. 9th-10th century. 11 x 16 cm.; 7) Arabic business letter on ancient rag paper from Fustat, Egypt. Probably 10th century A.D. 13 x 14 cm.; 8) Old magic charm with arabesque design. On paper. Undated. 22 x 16 cm.; 9) Magic charm. Kufic script. On paper. Undated. 18 x 8 cm.; 10) Turkish fragment from the Ottoman Mamluk period. Typical Hamayūnī script. On paper. Probably 18th century A.D. 14 x 18 cm.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: Gift. Dr. Aziz Suryal Atiya, Patten lecturer, Indiana University, 1957. Union Theological Seminary, New York, New York. 1957

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Tezkire-I Sherif Bābā Turkī (Religious and mystical narration in verse) , 1631/1632

Physical Description: Autograph document 503 p. 20 cm.

Scope and Contents:

  1. Turkish in nastaliq script
  2. Bound in wallet-style sheep leather with a design stamped in gold frame
  3. Dawān in blue and pink with floral design in gold within gold and black rules
  4. Text in black on smooth paper
  5. Three-page table of contents in red and black inserted
  6. Double column 19 lines to the page within gold and black rules for the first 1 1/2 pages, the remaining pages within red rules
  7. Throughout the manuscript there are solid red divisions, chapter headings, and scattered marginal notes
  8. Inscribed on top and bottom edges

Immediate Source of Acquisition: Purchased. Otto Harrassowitz, dealer, 62 Wiesbaden, Germany, Taunustrasse 5, Postoffice box 349. 1967

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Majmū'ah (collection of sufi sayings, prayers, poetry, verses from the Koran, proverbial sayings of the Prophet Muhammad, mystical numbers and diagrams) , 1634

Physical Description: Autograph document 203 leaves 14 x 26 cm.

Scope and Contents:

  1. Arabic and Turkish in nastaliq and nashki script; bound in brown leather with stamped central design of covers painted red and gold within a gold frame. Text in black and red ink on smooth papers with chain lines and watermarks within red rules on most of the pages and one page in gold and black rules
  2. Lines vary from 14 to 29 to the page
  3. Marginal notes on some of the pages
  4. In the hand of several scribes
  5. Contents: 1) Selections from many works including al-Ghazzālī, Jalāl al Dīn al-Rūmī, and Ibn al-'Arabi, leaves 1-74; 2) Prayers for various occasions, mystical numbers and diagrams, sayings of the Prophet Muhammad, verses from the Koran, leaves 75-93, 95-121, 123-125, 131-170, 172-200; 3) Arabic Dimyātiyyah poem on 99 most beautiful names of God; 4) Commentary in Turkish on 99 most beautiful names of God; 5) Tract in Turkish on 99 appellations of the Prophet Muhammad and 20 other designations; 6) Epistle by Faraydun Beg; 7) Family tree for immediate followers of the Prophet Muhammad

Immediate Source of Acquisition: Purchased. Mohammed Bakir Alwan, lecturer in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. 1969

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Avicenna, 980?-1037, physician, philosopher. Al-Qānūn fī al-Ṭibb (The canon of medicine) , 1652, March 5 , Tuesday, 24th, Rabīʿal-awwal, 1062 A.H.

Physical Description: Autograph document 181 leaves 19 x 26 cm.

Scope and Contents:

  1. Arabic in nashkī script
  2. Bound in beige boards
  3. Text in black ink with headings in gold or red and some key words in gold, blue, green or red on smooth paper with chain lines and watermarks. Leaves 10 to 21 within in gold and black rules
  4. Lines vary from 19 to 23 a page
  5. Table of contents in black, green, blue, yellow, red, and gold; leaves 2v-5 within black, red, and gold rules; leaves 6-9 within black and gold rules

Biographical / Historical: In the colophon the copyist has written: "I completed this on Tuesday the blessed, the 27th of Rabīʿal-awwal of the year 1062 A.H., [again in letters] One thousand and sixty-two." The 27th of Rabīʿal-awwal of 1062 A.H. is Friday; Tuesday would be the 24th. In Arabic, 24th is رابع عشرین and 27th is سابع عشرین. However, the word رابع "Fourth" if written in ligature form in Naskh or Taʿliq scripts is extremely close in appearance to سابع "Seventh." Presumably the copyist has copied the date from another manuscript and made a mistake in reading the ligature form of the "fourth.". Thus, the date of the manuscript that the copyist had in hand is March 5, 1652; however, the date of the copied manuscript is unknown and likely decades later.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: Purchased. Mohammed Bakir Alwan, lecturer in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. 1969

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Ali Halīfe Ibn Abī al-Farac al-Zamzamī, ?-1653, author. Sifā'u'l-Mu'min (The cure of the believer). Sufi work dealing with the virtues of the Koran, prayers, and other Islamic practices , 1653, March

Physical Description: Autograph document 303 leaves 16 x 24 cm.

Scope and Contents:

  1. Turkish in naskhī script
  2. Bound in quarter cloth marbled boards
  3. unwan with floral design in gold, blue, pink, green, red, and black within gold and black rules and stops in gold
  4. Text and index in black and red ink within red rules on smooth paper
  5. Twenty-one lines to a page. Some marginal notes

Immediate Source of Acquisition: Purchased. Mohammed Bakir Alwan, lecturer in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. 1969

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Firdawsī, ca. 932-1020, poet. Shahnamah, abridged by Tavakkul Beg, son of Tulak Beg , 1652/1653

Physical Description: Document 271 leaves 29 cm.

Scope and Contents:

  1. A.H. 1063
  2. Persian in nastaliq script
  3. First two leaves illuminated; text in gold and red frames
  4. Seventy miniatures, denoting among others about 20 scenes of mortal combat between two people on horseback, two elephants (leaves 47 and 48), an artist ad work (leaf 110), mythical creatures (leaf 6, 147, and 208)
  5. Bound in leather in Constantinople in late 18th century
  6. Inside front cover is an account in French by Lt. General Comte Marie Theodore de Gueilly de Rumigny, 1789-1860, of his ownership of this volume, dated Paris, 4 April 1841

Immediate Source of Acquisition: Gift. Frances and George Ball Foundation from the estate of Elisabeth W. Ball, Muncie, Indiana. 1984

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Mulla Miskīn, fl. 1655, compiler. Ma'ārij al-nubuwwah fī ma'ārij al futuwwah: Kitab-i Alti Parmak , 1655

Physical Description: Autograph document 629 leaves 29 cm.

Scope and Contents:

  1. Copy in Turkish (Ottoman)
  2. Nashkī script in red and black
  3. Table of contents preceding text
  4. Decorative motif in gold on first leaf
  5. Bears stamp of the copier
  6. Bound in contemporary black morocco with medallions stamped in gold
  7. Blue marbled endpapers with a pink or white flower on each

Immediate Source of Acquisition: Purchased. Klaus Schwarz, 78 Freiburg in Breisgau, Immentalerstrasse 11, Germany. 1971

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Hajji Murad Baghdadi, known as Tanburi. Iskandaraman, and other selections , 1658

Physical Description: Autograph document signed 88 leaves 19.3 cm.

Scope and Contents:

  1. A.H. 1068
  2. Persian in nastiliq script
  3. Lacks illuminations or miniatures
  4. Leaves 13-17v: "copied by Hajji Murad Baghdadi 19 Rajab 1068"
  5. Leaves 37r-44v bear Tanburi's own poems
  6. Includes lines from Jāmī, Omar Khayyam, Avicenna, Plato, Socrates, Aristotle, Zoroaster
  7. Green endpapers pasted to first and last leaves obscure text
  8. Two notes in English laid in regarding translation of a few lines; verso of one note states: Bought of Quaritch
  9. Wallet style 19th century red leather binding

Immediate Source of Acquisition: Gift. Frances and George Ball Foundation from the estate of Elisabeth W. Ball, Muncie, Indiana. 1984

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Shīrāzī, Muhibb 'Alī ibn Hājjī Yūsuf, fl. 1687, copyist. Transcription of poetical works of Hāfiz (Dīwān and Kasā'id) , 1687 (1065 A.H.)

Physical Description: Autograph document 438 p. 16 cm.

Scope and Contents:

  1. Persian in nastaliq script
  2. Bound in brown leather, with false bands and center tools on spine and sides bordered and tooled in gold to a conventional all-over ozenge pattern of leaf sprays; doublures of old rose leather tooled in the same patterns as the sides
  3. Three illuminated pages in gold and cobalt blue with floral designs in pastel colors
  4. Text in black on fawn and green tinted paper inlaid
  5. Single and double columns of 12 lines to the page within gold, red, and blue rules
  6. First and last page without rules in another hand and not a part of the manuscript

Immediate Source of Acquisition: Gift. Donald Eugene Thompson, librarian, Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Indiana. 1967

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Karaçelebizâde, Abdul azîz, ?-1068 A.H. (?-1658 A.D.), historian, jurist. Ravzatu 'l-Ebrâr, Zeyl. , 1712

Physical Description: Document 253 p. 27 cm.

Scope and Contents:

  1. Copyist: Ahmad Neylî
  2. Zeyl, or "Supplement," to the historian's history of the Ottoman Empire, from 1058-1068 A.H. (1648-1652 A.D.), or approximately the first ten years of the reign of Mehmet IV
  3. Ottoman Turkish language in Talik script
  4. Tooled leather binding with flap
  5. Dealer's number: 721 (Y)

Immediate Source of Acquisition: Purchased. Otto Harrassowitz, Postfach 2929-6200 Wiesbaden, Germany. 1980.

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Ali ibn Mustafā, fl. 1723, educator. Mejmūa-i fetāwā (Legal decisions) , 1723

Physical Description: Autograph document 702 p. + 63 p. 22 cm.

Scope and Contents:

  1. Turkish in nastaliq script
  2. Bound in dark brown leather with blinded-in medallion on sides
  3. Text in black on smooth yellowed paper with accents and headings in red, single column 25 lines to the page within red rule, extensive marginal notes in Arabic, inserts in various sizes totalling 63 pages, and a ten-page table of contents
  4. Dawān in red, brown, and black within red rules
  5. Compiler and teacher of Isma'il efendi madrasah

Immediate Source of Acquisition: Purchased. Otto Harrassowitz, dealer, 62 Wiesbaden, Germany, Taunustrasse 5, Postoffice box 349. 1967

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al-Nafrāwī, Ahmad Ibn Ghunaym Ibn Salīm, 1633-1713, author. Sharh al-Arba'īn Hadithan al-Nawawiyyah. Commentary on the forty hadīths (sayings of the Prophet Muhammad) of al-Nawawī , 1725, December 6

Physical Description: Autograph document 120 leaves 16 x 22 cm.

Scope and Contents:

  1. Arabic in maghribī dialect
  2. Half bound marbled boards wallet style with a geometrical design in olive green and burgundy on very light gray, paste-down endpapers
  3. In black, brown, and red ink on smooth paper with chain lines. Some foxing. From 16 to 23 lines on a page. Some marginal notes. Verso of leaf 5 and recto of leaf 6 blank
  4. Copied at the school of 'Alī Ibn Khalīfah by Fath Allāh Ibn al-Murābit Sha'bān Ibn al-Murābit Abū al-Qāsim Ibn al-Hāj Muhammad Ibn Tāhir

Immediate Source of Acquisition: Purchased. Mohammed Bakir Alwan, lecturer in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. 1969

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al-Halvetī, Sa'dullāh. Serh ve Terceme-i Qasīde-i Burde , 1749

Physical Description: Autograph document 85 leaves 12 x 19 cm.

Scope and Contents:

  1. Arabic text of al-Burdah by al-Būsīrī in gilded black ink and the Turkish translation in red ink and commentary in black ink in naskhī script within black rules. Some marginal notes. Lines on a page vary from 14 to 19. Seals of owners, leaf 3. Quotations, etc., leaves 1-2 in different hands
  2. Bound in floral boards wallet style

Immediate Source of Acquisition: Purchased. Mohammed Bakir Alwan, lecturer in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. 1969

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al-Jazūlī, Muhammad ibn-Sulaymān, ?-ca. 1465, mystic. Dala'il al-Khairat , 1783, December

Physical Description: Document 99 leaves 14 cm.

Scope and Contents:

  1. A.H. 1198
  2. Arabic in nashkī script
  3. Collection of prayers for the Prophet and praises to him
  4. Text in gold frames with illuminated design on opening leaf
  5. Drawings of Mecca and Medina on leaves 14 and 15
  6. Scribe: Hajj Abū Bakr Katib Yenīcheriān
  7. Probably written in Turkey
  8. Published in English as Guide to Happiness, Oxford, 1907 (See Mansell 278:460; Princeton University 2271 .5056 .328 .8)
  9. Wallet style binding in green cloth
  10. Laid in is a typed statement on paper watermarked "Made in USA" concerning provenance of the volume: formerly owned by a Turkish Pasha in Greece

Immediate Source of Acquisition: Gift. Frances and George Ball Foundation from the estate of Elisabeth W. Ball, Muncie, Indiana. 1984

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Hezārfen Huseyn Efendi, ?-1691. Tenqīh-I tevārīh-I mulūk. , 18th century

Physical Description: Document 444 p. 21.5 cm.

Scope and Contents:

  1. Copyist's name: Mohammed Hāšim ībn Salīm Samī
  2. Presents a history from the time of the Greeks, Romans, pre-Islamic Persians through the Islamic era and a geographical description of the world including China, Java, Sumatra, Borneo, and Ceylon
  3. Turkish in nashki and ta'liq scripts
  4. Board covers in marbelized blue and rose
  5. Previous owner: Makramīn bin Khalid bin Mohammed Al-Albistani
  6. References: Hammer, GOR, Vol. 9, p. 184 (Wells DR439 .H2 1963); Babinger, GOW, p. 228-231 (Wells DR438 .B114); Babinger-Uçok, Osmanli Tarih Yazarlari ve Eserleri, p. 251-255 (Wells DR438 .B11419 1982); Flügel, Arabischen, Persischen und Türkischen Handschriften, Vol. II, p. 104 (Wells 6621 .V62 A6)
  7. Dealer number: 711Y

Immediate Source of Acquisition: Purchased. Otto Harrassowitz, Wiesbaden, West Germany. 1980.

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Huccatlar (Legal opinions of judges on land tenure law in Turkey) , 18th century

Physical Description: Autograph document 221 p. 21 cm.

Scope and Contents:

  1. Incomplete
  2. Turkish, naskhī script
  3. Bound in half leather, band sides covered with a dark green striped paper with floral design
  4. Text in black on smooth white paper, single column of 21 lines to the page, headings in red within red rules
  5. Marginal notes on some pages
  6. Eight-page table of contents in black and red
  7. Last four pages in black without rules, probably in another hand

Immediate Source of Acquisition: Purchased. Otto Harrassowitz, dealer, 62 Wiesbaden, Germany, Taunustrasse 5, Postoffice box 349. 1967

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Kitab al-fatawa (Book of Fatwas) , 1805

Physical Description: Autograph document 245 leaves 22 cm.

Scope and Contents:

  1. Turkish (Ottoman)
  2. Talik script in red and black with leaves framed in red
  3. Decorative motif in gold on first leaf with first and third leaves framed in gold
  4. Bound in black cloth

Immediate Source of Acquisition: Purchased. Klaus Schwarz, 78 Freiburg in Breisgau, Immentalerstrasse 11, Germany. 1971

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Feyzullah, efendi, ?-1703, compiler. Fetava-i Feyzullah efendi , 1823-1824

Physical Description: Autograph document 280 leaves 23 cm.

Scope and Contents:

  1. Copy in Turkish (Ottoman), Talik script
  2. Table of contents ruled in red
  3. Script in red and black with occasional decorations in gold
  4. Notes of a later date in purple ink
  5. Bears stamp of the copier
  6. Bound in contemporary wallet binding of morocco with medallions stamped in blind

Immediate Source of Acquisition: Purchased. Klaus Schwarz, 78 Freiburg in Breisgau, Immentalerstrasse 11, Germany. 1971

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al-Hāj Ahmad al-Misrī Ibn al-Hāj 'Alī al-Bahrī, fl. 1826, copyist. Incomplete copy of Koran and a prayer , 1826

Physical Description: Autograph document 395 leaves 16 x 21 cm.

Scope and Contents:

  1. Arabic in Naskhī script
  2. Bound in wallet style red leather with stamped central design on covers and flap
  3. In black and red ink on smooth paper with chain lines. Thirteen to fifteen lines per page. Leaves 132-139 missing (verses 18-110 of Sūra Yūnus to verse 15 of Sūra Hūd). Dawān with crude design in green, red, and black within red and black rules

Immediate Source of Acquisition: Purchased. Mohammed Bakir Alwan, lecturer in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. 1969

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Hāfiz, ?-1388, poet. Dīwān , 1842

Physical Description: Document 175 leaves 18 cm.

Scope and Contents:

  1. A.H. 1258
  2. Persian in nastaliq script
  3. Opening page illuminated
  4. Scribe: Hasan ibn Muhammad ibn Mullā Abū al-Hasam
  5. Lacquered covers depicting birds and flowers on outside and seated figures with fruit and pipe on inside
  6. Various marks of ownership and an official seal of approval

Immediate Source of Acquisition: Gift. Frances and George Ball Foundation from the estate of Elisabeth W. Ball, Muncie, Indiana. 1984

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Sifai, Omer, ?-1742. Murshid al-mukhtār fī ilm al-asrār. It deals with medical and pharmaceutical chemistry , 1845

Physical Description: Autograph document 176 p. 22 cm.

Scope and Contents:

  1. Turkish in Riq'ah script
  2. In black and red ink
  3. Twenty-one lines to the page
  4. Bound in Oriental order in marbled boards, red leather backstrip and edges, manuscript lettering on bottom edge

Immediate Source of Acquisition: Gift. Arizona Medical Center of the University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona. 1972

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The Koran , 1850/1851

Physical Description: Document 175 leaves 9 cm.

Scope and Contents:

  1. A.H. 1267
  2. Arabic in naskhi scripts
  3. Illuminated with red, blue, and gilt arabesque designs on front two opening leaves
  4. Scribe: Ibn Ismā'īl Muhammed Rafī'
  5. Bound in leather-backed painted boards with floral designs on inside and outside covers

Immediate Source of Acquisition: Gift. Frances and George Ball Foundation from the estate of Elisabeth W. Ball, Muncie, Indiana. 1984

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Kadi-Zade, Mehmed, ?-1635/6. Baytarnamah. A document on veterinarian medicine which begins with praises to God (Mohammedanism); Muhammad, the Prophet; and the Sultan, Ahmad I. , 1857-1858

Physical Description: Autograph document 116 p. 25 cm.

Scope and Contents:

  1. Turkish in naskhī script
  2. In black and red ink
  3. Fifteen lines to the page within blue rules
  4. Bound in Oriental order in tan embossed boards, red leather backstrip and edges; stained

Immediate Source of Acquisition: Gift. Arizona Medical Center of the University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona. 1972

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Hamdī, Muhammad, fl. 1880, copyist. al-Qur'ān al-'azīm , 1800 (1258 A.H.)

Physical Description: Autograph document 604 p. 20 cm.

Scope and Contents:

  1. Arabic, thuluth script
  2. Bound in wallet-style red morocco with double frames and large diaper filled with dots; edges gilded with stenciled design in gold
  3. Transcribed in Turkey by Muhammad Hamdī, student of 'Ali al-Wasfi
  4. Single column 15 lines to the page within gold, red, and black rules, 43 pages with marginal decorations in gold and colors
  5. Stops in gold and colors
  6. Text black on glazed paper
  7. First two pages consist of two illuminated dawān with floral designs and colored borders in two shades of red and blue and a bright green; in the middle of each are seven lines of script which form a perfect circle within a border of white on blue
  8. Beneath each circle is a small "unwan" bordered in red with floral designs and white text on gold. Each page with matching half-border stenciled in gold
  9. The last two pages consist of 16 lines which form an isosceles triangle upside down with a border of two right-angle triangles in floral and geometrical designs in gold, blue, and red within gold, red, and black rules
  10. Surah headings in white on gold

Immediate Source of Acquisition: Gift. Donald Eugene Thompson, librarian, Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Indiana. 1967

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Munša'at: official documents and letters written in the 15th and 16th centuries of the sultans of the Ottoman Empire. , 19th century

Physical Description: Document 846 p. 18.5 cm.

Scope and Contents:

  1. Inscribed on bottom edge: Munša'at
  2. Lacks tailpiece
  3. Copyist's name not given
  4. Turkish in Nastaliq script
  5. Wallet style binding with red and black marbelized covers
  6. Previous owner: Makramīn bin Khalīl bin Mohammed Al-Albistānī
  7. Dealer number: 757Y

Immediate Source of Acquisition: Purchased. Otto Harrassowitz, Wiesbaden, Germany. 1970.

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al-Kāshgharī, Sadīd al-Dīn Muhammad Ibn Muhammad Ibn 'Alī, ?-1305, author. Munyat al-Musallī wa Ghunyat al-Mubtadī (The wish of the worshiper and the wealth of the beginner). Deals with the laws relating to prayer and ablution according to the Hanafi school , undated

Physical Description: Autograph document 130 leaves 13 x 19 cm.

Scope and Contents:

  1. Arabic in naskhī script
  2. In black and red ink on smooth paper with 13 lines to a page
  3. Lacks spine, covers detached
  4. Brown leather with stamped central design within a double frame on both covers
  5. Arba'at Jawāhir (The four jewels) is a work of quotations from the Prophet Muhammad, leaves 123v-130

Immediate Source of Acquisition: Purchased. Mohammed Bakir Alwan, lecturer in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. 1969

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Ibn al-Qāsih, 'Alī Ibn 'Uthmān Ibn Muhammad Ibn Ahmad, 1315-1399, author. Sirāj al-Qāri' al-Mubtadī wa Tadhkirat al-Muqri' al-Muntahī (Lamp of the beginning reader and reminder of the qualified cantor). This is the first volume of Ibn al-Qāsih's commentary on the Shātibiyyah poem, known as Hirz al-Amānī by al-Shatibi, which is a poem on the different readings of the Koran , undated

Physical Description: Autograph document 179 leaves 21 x 33 cm.

Scope and Contents:

  1. Modern black half leather binding
  2. Naskhī script
  3. Between 12 and 21 lines to a page
  4. Black and red ink on paper with chain lines and watermarks
  5. Marginal notes
  6. Poem, headings, and key words in red
  7. Probably written in the seventeenth century

Immediate Source of Acquisition: Purchased. Mohammed Bakir Alwan, lecturer in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. 1969

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Nida'i, fl. 1568, head medicine man of Sultan Salīm II. Manāfai' al-nas. It deals with medicine in Turkey during the 16th century--beginning and ending with poetry praising Sultan Salīm II. The last few pages give the Turkish meaning of certain terms used in the manuscript , undated

Physical Description: Autograph document 182 p. 23 cm.

Scope and Contents:

  1. Turkish in Naskhī script
  2. In black and red ink
  3. Seventeen lines to the page
  4. Bound in Oriental order, black cloth with red leather backstrip, covers with stamping in gold (rubbed), one cover with crescent and star

Immediate Source of Acquisition: Gift. Arizona Medical Center of the University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona. 1972

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Omar Khayyam, ca. 1025-1123, poet. Quatrains from The Rubaiyat , undated

Physical Description: Document 72 leaves 31 cm.

Scope and Contents:

  1. Persian in nastaliq script
  2. Accordion-style leaves
  3. Bound in early 20th century silk-covered boards
  4. Bookplate of "Herman M. Schroeter Ex Libris Omariana," designed by A. Engler in 1913

Immediate Source of Acquisition: Gift. Frances and George Ball Foundation from the estate of Elisabeth W. Ball, Muncie, Indiana. 1984

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Tashyīd Jāmi' Khawāss Asrār al-Qur'ān wa Ta'bīd al-Dhakhīrah al'Mu'addah li-Nawā'ib al-Zamān. Deals chiefly with the spiritual uses that can be derived from writing, reciting, or memorizing the Koran , undated

Physical Description: Autograph document 128 leaves 15 x 21 cm.

Scope and Contents:

  1. Arabic in naskhī script
  2. Bound in brown leather wallet style with stamped central design on covers
  3. Text in black and red ink on smooth paper with chain lines and watermarks within a red rule. Lines vary from 13 to 22 on a page. Inscribed on bottom edges
  4. An abridgement of Jāmi 'Khawāss Asrār al-Qur'ān wa al-Dhakhīrah al-Mu'addah li-Nawā'ib al-Zamān by 'Abd al-Rahmān al-Qurashī. Abridgement is a continuous chain of quotations from the sources on which al-Qurashī based his work eliminating the commentary of al-Qurashī

Immediate Source of Acquisition: Purchased. Mohammed Bakir Alwan, lecturer in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. 1969

Medical report relating to the sickness and death of Mahmud the Second , 1839