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Schmidtke, Sabine

Schmidtke, Sabine

Schmidtke, Sabine

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Sabine Schmidtke

The seventh/thirteenth-century Imami scholar Raḍī al-Dīn ʿAlī b. Mūsā Ibn Ṭāwūs (d. 664/1266) is well known for his rich personal library. He compiled a catalogue of its holdings, al-Ibāna fī maʿrifat (asmāʾ) kutub al-khizāna, which is lost, as well as a supplement to the catalogue, Saʿd al-suʿūd li-l-nufūs manḍūd min kutub waqf ʿAlī b. Mūsā b. Ṭāwūs, which is partly preserved and was perhaps never completed. In the latter work, Ibn Ṭāwūs provided detailed information on selected books in his possession, together with extensive quotations. Here, he describes in detail an Arabic translation of the Pentateuch. The paper discusses Ibn Ṭāwūs’s description of the Pentateuch manuscript and offers tentative conclusions as to its provenance.

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Sabine Schmidtke

‭Among the numerous kalām works by the Imāmī al-Sharīf al-Murtaḍā (d. 436/1044), his Kitāb al-Mulakhkhaṣ and his Kitāb al-Dhakhīra are his most comprehensive writings in this discipline. The relation between the two works and their respective transmission is discussed. The Kitāb al-Dhakhīra is also incompletely preserved in the transcription of the Karaite scholar ʿĀlī b. Sulaymān al-Maqdisī, completed in Fusṭāṭ in Rajab 472/December 1079-January 1080 (National Library of Russia, St. Petersburg, Ms. RNL Arab. 111). The codex is described in detail, and its implications for our knowledge of the transmission of the work are analyzed.‬

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Sabine Schmidtke