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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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.

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

in Journal of Islamic Manuscripts




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


Similar verse in Weisweiler‘Schreiberverse’ p. 108.


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    Figure 1

    Author’s colophon of the Kitāb Hidāyat al-ʿUqūl ilā Ghāyat al-Suʾūl fī ʿIlm al-Uṣūl, in which the obstacles and impediments are mentioned that prevented the author from completing the commentary. Copied between 1074/1664 and 1078/1667. (MS Leiden, Or. 25.660, f. 270a).

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    Figure 2

    Beginning of a copy of an Iǧāza by Ṣalāḥ al-Dīn Ṣalāḥ b. al-Ǧalāl on the reading of Shifāʾ al-Uwām fī Tamyīz al-Ḥalāl min al-Ḥarām. Manuscript dated 1069/1659. (MS Leiden, Or. 25.661, f. 51b).

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    Figure 3

    Author’s colophon and copyist’s colophon of Ḥāshiyat al-Sayyid. Manuscript dated Monday 8 Dhū al-Ḥiǧǧa 1311/1894. (MS Leiden, Or. 25.664, f. 126a).

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    Figure 4

    Title page of the Kitāb al-Kāmil al-Munīr, Ǧawāb al-Khawāriǧ ʿalā Kitābihim alladhī ṭaʿanū fīhi ʿAlī Amīr al-Muʾminīn wa-ʿanafū Shīʿatahu, a treatise against the Khawāriǧ. Manuscript dated 1042/1632. (MS Leiden, Or. 25.665, f. 14a).

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    Figure 5

    Contemporary account of two earthquakes (in 1359–1360/1941 and 1360–1362/1941–1943), possibly in Ḥaǧir, as recorded by Muḥammad b. ʿAbdallāh b. Sulaymān al-ʿIzzī. (MS Leiden, Or. 25.736, f. 2a).

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    Figure 6

    Colophon of the seventh volume of a ten-volume set of the Qurʾān. Manuscript dated Dhū al-Qaʿda 1318/1901. (Ǧuzʾ 19, 20, 21, MS Leiden, Or. 25.738, f. 71b).

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    Figure 7

    End of Sūra 8 and beginning of Sūra 9 in the fourth volume of a ten-volume set of the Qurʾān (Ǧuzʾ 10, 11, 12). In the margin a Taʿwīdh and the indication of Rubʿ, a quarter of a Ḥizb. (MS Leiden, Or. 25.739, f. 7a).

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    Figure 8

    Last page of Al-Bayān al-Shāfī al-Muntazaʿ min al-Burhān al-Kāfī, with colophon and copyist verse. Manuscript dated Tuesday 18 Qaʿda 1072/1662. (MS Leiden, Or. 25.743, f. 107a).

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    Figure 9

    End of the Kitāb Ḥaqāʾiq al-Maʿrifa with the copyist’s colophon written as a frame around the text. Manuscript dated Raǧab 1356/1937. (MS Leiden, Or. 25.744, f. 155a).

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    Figure 10

    End of the text of the Kitāb Matn al-Azhār fi Fiqh al-Aʾimma al-Aṭhār, with the copyist’s colophon. Manuscript dated Monday 28 Ǧumādā II 1355/1936. (MS Leiden, Or. 25.745, f. 198a).


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