A Recently Discovered Holograph Fair Copy of al-Maqrīzī’s al-Mawāʿiẓ wa-al-iʿtibār fī dhikr al-khiṭaṭ wa-al-āthār (Michigan Islamic MS 605)

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Abstract

The article describes the recent discovery by Noah Gardiner of the holograph fair copy of the third volume of al-Maqrīzī’s Khiṭaṭ (‘description of Egypt’) in the Library of Michigan University (Michigan Islamic MS 605). It is the only known Maqrīzī holograph in the Americas. The manuscript was copied well after 818 A.H. (1415) and was finished shortly after 831 A.H. (1427), when the author may have written his last additions in it. A full codicological description of the manuscript is given. The place of the manuscript in the Maqrizian corpus is determined. Its provenance is traced to one of the collections of Abraham Shalom Yahuda (d. 1951).

A Recently Discovered Holograph Fair Copy of al-Maqrīzī’s al-Mawāʿiẓ wa-al-iʿtibār fī dhikr al-khiṭaṭ wa-al-āthār (Michigan Islamic MS 605)

in Journal of Islamic Manuscripts

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    Mich. Isl. MS 605, fol. 4a/pg. 7. Note the missing date in the 5th line, the distinctive qāla on the 5th line, and the almost vertically stacked hāʾ and mīm in the bi-him and hum of the 1st and 10th lines.

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    Mich. Isl. MS 605, fol. 225a/pg. 449, beginning at the end of the 1st line: wa-al-amr ʿalá dhālik mustamirr ilá waqtinā hādhā wa-huwa sanat tisʿ ʿasharah wa-thamānī mīʾah.

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    Mich. Isl. MS 605, fol. 110b-111a/pg. 220-221, with insert numbered pg. 220-A. An example of al-Maqrīzī’s marginal and inserted notes.

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