Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Tehran, Kitābkhāna-yi Majlis-i shurā-yi Islāmī, 6531

[Colour scanned images of the textblock and inside covers.]
Incomplete single work: Arabic. Date:

undated; 7th/13th c. (Ishkawarī); a note by a later hand in nastaʿlīq on the title page dates the manuscript to the late 6th/12th century (Ia).


unknown, probably Persian; unknown scribe.


no statements of ownership; various library stamps.

Cod.: brown paper, I+209 ff. (foliated with Hindu-Arabic numerals; no catchwords). A naskh hand in black and brown; from f. 184r the hand becomes slightly cursive, although the scribe may be the same. Inconsistently dotted ductus; minor vowels, no shaddas or hamzas. Title page in nastaʿlīq; book and chapter headings in red naskh, some chapter headings missing, those in Book XIII in brown naskh. Overlined abjad notation and Hindu-Arabic numerals. No tables or diagrams. Dimensions: 24.5×16 cm; 19 lines per page, from f. 193r onwards 16–17 lines per page. Mold stains; minor ink smudges; last folio worm-eaten. Type III binding.

Cont.: astronomy. — Index: title page (Ir); Ptolemaica (1r–208v). Blank: Iv, 209r–v.

Bibl.: Jaʿfar Ḥusaynī Ishkawarī, Fihrist-i nuskhahā-yi khaṭṭī-i Kitābkhāna-yi Majlis-i shurā-yi Islāmī, vol. XX, Tehran: Kitābkhāna, Mūza wa markaz asnād-yi Majlis-i shurā-yi Islāmi, 2010 (1389 H.S.), p. 106 (reprint: vol. IX, pp. 7475–7476); Johannes Thomann, ‘Ein al-Fārābī zugeschriebener Kommentar zum Almagest (Hs. Tehran Mağlis 6531)’, Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Arabisch-Islamischen Wissenschaften 19 (2010–2011), pp. 35–76; Johannes Thomann, ‘Al-Fārābīs Kommentar zum Almagest in sekundärer Überlieferung bei Ibn aṣ-Ṣalāḥ: Ein vorläufiger Bericht’, Asiatische Studien 69 (2015), pp. 99–113; Johannes Thomann, ‘Terminological Fingerprints in a Commentary on the Almagest Attributed to al-Fārābī’, in Maurus Reinkowski and Monika Winet (eds), Arabic and Islamic Studies in Europe and Beyond. Proceedings of the 26th Congress of the Union Européenne des Arabisants et Islamisants, Basel 2012, Leuven: Peeters, 2016, pp. 301–312. Majlis Library online catalogue: (currently unavailable).


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= Abū Naṣr al-Fārābī, Sharḥ al-Majisṭī (C.1.5)

. — Title: Sharḥ Majisṭī az Abī Naṣr Fārābī (Ir). — Index: Book X.4–7, 1r–18v; IX.8–11, 19r–39v; X.1–4, 40r–49v; X.7–10, 50r–66r; XI, 66r–115v; XII, 115v–177r; XIII.1–4, 177r–208v. — No authorial or dated scribal colophons. The manuscript contains the commentary by al-Fārābī on Almagest IX.8–XIII.4. It is i disorder: a couple of quires belonging to Book X are placed at the beginning. Hardly any marginal corrections; no collations. Minor marginal glosses. Trimmed.