Yemeni Manuscripts in the University of Leiden Library. Acquisitions of the Year 2000: Texts and Themes

In: Journal of Islamic Manuscripts
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  • 1 Leiden University Centre for the study of Islam and Society (lucis)

This article provides a bibliographical description of the content of eighteen manuscript volumes acquired by the Leiden University library, directly from Yemen, in the course of 2000. They contain a great variety of subjects, ranging from language to literature, history, religion and Islamic law. They date from 1042 (1632) to 1359 (1941), but most date from the 14th/20th century. Together, they give an impression of traditional Yemeni scholarship and book culture. An attempt is made to analyze the Ihmāl marks, a feature that has survived particularly in Yemeni manuscripts, and which occurs in many of the manuscripts described here.

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    Weisweiler, ‘Schreiberverse’, pp. 112 and 113, has verses rhyming with Turāb and Thawāb, but otherwise with different wording.

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    Similar verse in Weisweiler, ‘Schreiberverse’, p. 108.

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