The Yemeni Manuscript Tradition


The Yemeni Manuscript Tradition contributes to the study of the manuscript codex and its role in scholastic culture in Yemen. Ranging in period from Islam’s first century to the modern period, all the articles in this volume emerge from the close scrutiny of the manuscripts of Yemen. As a group, these studies demonstrate the range and richness of scholarly methods closely tied to the material text, and the importance of cross-pollination in the fields of codicology, textual criticism, and social and intellectual history.

Contributors are: Hassan Ansari, Menashe Anzi, Asma Hilali, Kerstin Hünefeld, Wilferd Madelung, Arianna D’Ottone, Christoph Rauch, Anne Regourd, Sabine Schmidtke, Gregor Schwarb and Jan Thiele.

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David Hollenberg (PhD University of Pennsylvania) is Assistant Professor of Arabic and Religious Studies at the University of Oregon. His recent publications include "The Empire Writes Back: Fāṭimid-Ismāʿīlī Taʾwīl (allegoresis) and the Mysteries of the Ancient Greeks” (in The Study of Shi'i Islam: The State of the Field, Issues of Methodology and Recent Developments, ed. F. Daftary and G. Miskinzoda, London, Tauris, 2014), and Neoplatonism in Early Fatimid Doctrine: A Critical Edition and Translation of the Prologue of the Kitāb al-fatarāt wa-l-qirānāt (The Book of Periods and Conjunctions) (Le Muséon 2010). He is the director of the Yemeni Manuscripts Digitization initiative, a scholarly collective devoted to preserving the manuscripts of Yemen.

Christoph Rauch is Director of the Oriental Department of the Berlin State Library. He studied Arabic and religion at the University of Leipzig. His research interests cover Islam, manuscripts in Yemen, and the history of Oriental collections in the Western world.

Sabine Schmidtke (D.Phil. University of Oxford) is Professor of Islamic Intellectual History at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. She has published extensively on Islamic and Jewish intellectual history. Her works include Theologie, Philosophie und Mystik im zwölferschiitischen Islam des 9./15. Jahrhunderts. Die Gedankenwelt des Ibn Abī Jumhūr al-Aḥsāʾī (um 838/1434-35 - nach 906/1501) (Leiden 2000), and, together with Reza Pourjavady, A Jewish Philosopher of Baghdad. ʿIzz al-Dawla Ibn Kammūna and his Writings (Leiden 2006).
David Hollenberg, Christoph Rauch, Sabine Schmidtke

List of contributors

Was the Ṣanʿāʾ Qurʾān Palimpsest a Work in Progress?
Asma Hilali

Yūsuf al-Baṣīr’s Rebuttal of Abū l-Ḥusayn al-Baṣrī in a Yemeni Zaydī Manuscript of the 7th/13th Century
Hassan Ansari, Wilferd Madelung and Sabine Schmidtke

MS Berlin, State Library, Glaser 51: A Unique Manuscript From the Early 7th/13th-Century Bahšamite Milieu in Yemen
Hassan Ansari and Jan Thiele

The Pearl and the Ruby: Scribal Dicta and Other Metatextual Notes in Yemeni Mediaeval Manuscripts
Arianna D’Ottone

The Literary-Religious Tradition Among 7th/13th-Century Yemenī Zaydīs (II): The Case of ʿAbd Allāh b. Zayd al-ʿAnsī (d. 667/1269)
Hassan Ansari and Sabine Schmidtke

MS Munich, Bavarian State Library, Cod. arab. 1294: A Guide to Zaydī Kalām-Studies During the Ṭāhirid and Early Qāsimite Periods (mid-15th—early 18th centuries)
Gregor Schwarb

Zaydī Scholars on the Move: A Multitext Manuscript by Yaḥyā Ibn Ḥumayd al-Miqrāʾī (b. 908/1503, d. 990/1582) and Other Contemporary Sources
Christoph Rauch

Papiers filigranés de manuscrits de Zabid, premier tiers du XVIIIe-milieu du XXe siècle: papiers importés et «locaux»
Anne Regourd

Ṣanʿāʾ, Jerusalem, New York: Imām Yaḥyā Ḥamīd al-Dīn (1869-1948) and Yemeni-Jewish Migration from Palestine to the United States
Menashe Anzi and Kerstin Hünefeld

Index of Names
Index of Places
Index of Books
The volume will interest scholars of the Islamic manuscript codex, scribal culture, manuscripts, medieval and modern Yemen, Zaydism, Shiism and Islamic scholasticism.