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By François de Blois

The Muhammad Ali Hamdani assortment within the Library of The Institute of Ismaili reports represents a wide section of the library gathered over seven generations by means of an eminent family members of students from the Da'udi Bohra neighborhood in India and the Yemen. the majority of the manuscripts are Ismaili spiritual writings, yet there also are a number of attention-grabbing books of basic Islamic, or certainly secular content material, and those provide a unprecedented perception into the total cultural variety of a discovered relatives of Indian non secular students. the overpowering majority of the books are in Arabic, yet there also are a small quantity in Persian and in Bohra da'wat language (lisan al da'wat), Gujarati in Arabic script. many of the manuscripts have been produced in India, yet essentially the most attention-grabbing ones are from the Yemen, the ancestral domestic of the Hamdani extended family (the oldest of those is from the 14th century CE, or even earlier). includes targeted descriptions of the manuscripts during this Hamdani assortment, discussing either the content material of the works and the codicological beneficial properties of the manuscripts. The creation comprises additionally a accomplished heritage of the Hamdani relatives.

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89 (parts 1-3), no. 90 (parts 4-6); Cortese (2003), no. 165 (2 copies, together comprising all12 parts); Daftary (2004), p. 145. 5 em); 19lines; black ink with rubrics and punctuation in red; rough naskh; no colophon; title on fol. 1a and in the superscription. EDITIONS: Ms. 1423 [Handlist 34] Kitiib al-tahiira by al-Qa<;li al-Nu'man Arabic manuscript dated 1864 The title of this treatise is cited as it appears in the explicit (here: fol. 92b) and also (though not in the hand of the scribe) at the beginning of the text and on the labels, although in fact it discusses, in succession, not only ritual purity (tahara), but also prayer (begins on fol.

But this is wrong. According to the information contained in Morris's own edition, one of his five manuscripts (the one he cites as kaj) has no indication of the au thor either in the superscription or in the colophon, while another of his manuscripts (jfm) ascribes it to Ja'far only in the colophon, but not in the superscription. So 'all the manuscripts' means 'at best four of the five manuscripts consulted by the present author'. lienne'. lienne' from a rather too narrow textual basis. Incidentally, it is very strange that Morris did not consult this manuscript in preparing his edition, especially seeing that he speaks (p.

He introduced Western scholars to the Ismaili and Fatimid works, and to the Tayyibi tradition and the Rasa'il Ikhwiin al-~afii'. B. College in his hometown, Siirat, then at the Ismail Yusuf College of Bombay University from 1932 to 1948. His friends, Dr Daud Pota, Dr Inyatulla and Dr Zahid 'Ali had a common mission to promote at their respective universities of Sindh, Panjab and Hyderabad (Deccan) the teaching of Arabic, which had been ignored in preference to Persian. He also made available manuscripts from his family collection to Wladimir Ivanow and Asaf A.

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