Format Books
Manuscripts/Mixed Material
Contributors Miṣrī, Aḥmad Ibn Qāsim
Dates 1883
Location Washington D.C.
Language Arabic
Subjects Astrology, Arab
Astronomy, Arab
Manuscripts, Arabic
Washington (D.C.)
Title
Wasilat al
Other Title
وسيلة المبتدئين لعلم غرة الشهور و السنين.
Contributor Names
Miṣrī, Aḥmad ibn Qāsim, 1814-
Created / Published
1300 H [1882].
Subject Headings
-  Astronomy, Arab
-  Astrology, Arab
-  Manuscripts, Arabic--Washington (D.C.)
Notes
-  Ms.
-  Arabic.
-  Title from line 6 of poem, fol.1b.
-  Transcribed by Aḥmad Yūnis in 1300 H [1882].
-  Purchase of Mahmud al Mansuri collection, 1945. DLC
-  Paper: yellowed cream, with watermark of Benedetto Gentili Vittorio; leaves are loose from spine but in good condition. Black and red ink used in text. Catchwords on rectos.
-  Library of Congress. Mansuri Collection, 5-768. DLC
-  Author's full name from ʻUmar Riḍā Kaḥḥālah's Muʻjam al-muʼallifīn (II:50). Author's name at end of the poem is given as Aḥmad ibn Qāsim. Kaḥḥlah lists the title as Tuḥfat al-murīd bi-sharḥ Wasīlat al-mubtadiʼīn.
-  Carl Brockelmann, Geschichte der arabischen Litteratur, Supplementband II, p. 866 lists the author as Muṣṭafá ibn Aḥmad al-Ṭanasī al-Khalwatī al-Azharī al-Aḥmadī, who died in a flood in Istanbul in 1284/1867.
-  The first four pages are Aḥmad ibn Qāsim al-Miṣrī's poem, Wasīlat al-mubtadiʼīn, a poem on astronomy and astrology. It covers the sun, the moon, the planets, the constellations, the signs of the Zodiac and the astrological characteristics of each day of the week. On fol. 3a, the author says that he completed this poem on 18 Rabīʻ al-awwal 1298 (17 February 1881). The author's own commentary (Tuḥfat al-murīdīn bi-sharḥ Wasīlat al-mubtadiʼīn) on the poem begins on leaf 3, verso, line 10.
-  Naskhī script; 21 lines in written area, 16 x 9 cm.
-  Fol. 1b-32a; fol. 32b-34b blank.
-  Binding: cardboard covered with cloth; leather spine.
-  Also available in digital form on the Library of Congress website.
-  Incipit of commentary: الحمد لله مجدد الأوقات والأيام ومحدد الشهور والأعوام ... أما بعد فقد أمرني بعض السادات أن أشرح منظومتي التي هي في الميقات فأجبته راجيا دعاه النافع وبركة من اطلع عليه من الأخوان.
-  Incipit of poem: . . . بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم الحمد الله الذي أبدى الشهور و صير الأيام أعوام تدور ثم الصلاة و السلام سرمدا . . . و بعد هذى نبذة في الغرر و غيرها تحكي عقود الدرر سميتها وسيلة المبتدئين . . .
Medium
30 leaves (21 lines), bound : paper ; 24 x 17 cm.
Call Number
QB23 .M67 1882
Digital Id
amed0001 200149097 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.amed/amed0001.200149097.1
amed0001 200149097 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.amed/amed0001.200149097.2
Library of Congress Catalog Number
2008401927


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