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    Poetry Collection. Born in what is now the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia, 'Ali ibn al-Muqarrab (1176 or 1177-1231 or 1232) had an adventurous life that included political intrigue and involvement with trade as well as literary accomplishment. Writing in the early 13th century, he is said to have been one of the last poets before modern times to have composed in the classical style. His...
    • Contributor: Ibn Al-Muqarrab, ʻalī,232
    • Date: 1889

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    Xie Xuancheng's Poetry Collection. Xie Xuancheng shi ji (Xie Xuancheng's poetry collection) was included in a supplemental series of Si ku zong mu (Catalog of the Complete Library of the imperial Siku Collection). It was said to have originally been in the inner court collection. Considered a masterpiece of the Southern Song dynasty, it was printed in the 28th year (1158) of the Shaoxing era of Southern Song....
    • Contributor: Xie, Tiao, 464-499 - Liu, Qirui - Liu, Wenxing - Lou, Zhao
    • Date: 1220
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    Collection of Several Works. This manuscript contains a collection of several works by Maimonides, including Igeret teḥiyat ha-metim (Letter on resurrection) (translated by Judah Alharizi) and a collection of various medical writings. The Igeret has an introduction by Joseph ben Joel, of which only the last part is extant. The medical writings, by an anonymous translator, include Sefer ha-katseret (Treatise on asthma), from the original, Maqalah fi al-rabw;...
    • Contributor: Maimonides, Moses
    • Date: 1200

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    Collection of Canons. This Armenian manuscript is a collection of canons (regulations or dogma as laid down by a church council). It is dated 1710 and exhibits the script known as nōtrgir (late minuscule). Each page has a clear border and 25 straight lines in one column. The manuscript is in good condition throughout, but some evidence of text repair can be seen on page 261. There...
    • Date: 1710

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    Collection of Poems. Abu Tammam Habeeb ibn Aws At-Taaee (circa 796--843 AD, 188--231 AH) was a pioneering Arab poet of the early Abbasid era. He was born in Jasim in present-day Syria and later lived in Damascus and Homs. He is the first of three Abbasid poets whose influence on Arabic poetry is still felt today, with the two others being Al-Buhturi and Al-Mutanabbi, who flourished respectively...
    • Contributor: Abū Tammām Ḥabīb Ibn Aws Al-Ṭāʼī, Flourished 808-842
    • Date: 1900

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    About this Collection | World Digital Library | Digital Collections This collection contains cultural heritage materials gathered during the World Digital Library (WDL) project, including thousands of items contributed by partner organizations worldwide as well as content from Library of Congress collections. The original World Digital Library site (preserved in LC’s Web Archives here) and all descriptive metadata were translated from English and made available in six additional languages: Spanish, Portuguese, French, Arabic, Russian,...
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    Collection of Su Dongpo: 40 Juan, Post Collection: 20 Juan. Su Shi (1037-1101), courtesy name Zizhan, style name Dongpo Jushi (Resident of Dongpo), born in Meishan (in present-day Sichuan) during the Northern Song, was a renowned literary scholar and one of the eight greatest masters of the Tang and Song dynasties. Both his father Su Xun (1009-66) and his brother Su Zhe (1039-1112) were famous literati; together they were known as Three Su. Su...
    • Contributor: Su, Shi
    • Date: 1050
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    Collection of Laws.
    Fuero Juzgo
    This manuscript of Fuero Juzgo from the collections of the National Library of Sweden dates from around 1300 and is one of the oldest extant manuscripts of this text in Castilian. The Fuero Juzgo ("collection of laws") was in principle a translation of the former Visigothic law code Liber Iudiciorum, or Lex Visigothorum, from 654, which after the Reconquista was first applied as local...
    • Date: 1300

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    Collection of Poems by Jāmī. This work dating from the 16th century is an illuminated and illustrated copy of the first collection of poetry (called Dīvān-i avval or Fātihat al-shabāb) by Nūr al-Dīn 'Abd al-Rahmān Jāmī (1414--92), a great Persian poet, scholar, and mystic, who lived most of his life in Herat, in present-day Afghanistan. According to the colophon (folio 306a), the manuscript was copied by the illustrious Safavid...
    • Contributor: Shāh Maḥmūd Nīshābūrī - Jāmī
    • Date: 1500

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    A Collection of Japanese Paintings. This picture book is by Hishikawa Moronobu (died 1694) a representative artist in the earliest days of ukiyo-e. It consists of 20 pictures depicting popular scenes from classical Japanese literature, including Ise monogatari (The tales of Ise), Genji monogatari (The tale of Genji), and yōkyoku (chants of Noh plays). Moronobu was the first artist who put his signature on printed books. On the colophon...
    • Contributor: Hishikawa, Moronobu
    • Date: 1680

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    Collection of Seals from the Chengqing Hall. Cheng qing guan yin pu (Collection of seals from the Chengqing Hall) is a Ming printed edition of Zhang Hao's seal collection. Chengqing Hall was the name of the studio owned by Zhang. Also named Su, courtesy names Gumin and Yiling, style names Zhanggong and Pingling Jushi, Zhang was born in Taicang, Jiangsu. Early on he acquired by chance a prized collection of about...
    • Contributor: Zhang, Hao, Active 16th Century-17th Century
    • Date: 1573
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    Collection of Well-tested Medical Remedies. The genre of mujarrabat consists of collections of medical case studies, including tested medical remedies found to be useful in the treatment of the listed ailments. Therapeutic manuals of this type do not describe the nature and the cause of the ailments per se, but focus rather on the symptoms and the remedy-reflecting, perhaps, the nature of the work as a reference manual for...
    • Contributor: Rāzī, Abū Bakr Muḥammad Ibn Zakarīyā, 865?-925
    • Date: 1700

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    Collection of Poems by Hasan Dihlavī. This is an illuminated and illustrated Mughal copy of a dīvān (collection of poems) by the eminent poet and hagiographer of Islamic India, Hasan Dihlavī, who died in about 1338. The manuscript was written in nasta'līq script by 'Abd Allāh Mushkīn Qalam (Amber-Scented Pen), in Allāhābād in 1011 AH (1602 AD), according to the colophon on folio 187a, although the illustration on that page...
    • Contributor: Mir `abd Allah Katib - Ḥasan Dihlavī,- 1338
    • Date: 1602

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    Collection of Short Love Poems by Jāmī. This is an illuminated and illustrated manuscript of a small collection of short love poems of the type called tarjī`band by Nūr al-Dīn 'Abd al-Raḥmān Jāmī (d. 898 AH / 1492 CE). It was copied in black nasta'līq script by the calligrapher Muḥammad Zamān al-Tabrīzī in 998 AH / 1589-90 CE in Safavid Iran. The text is written on orange-tinted paper, and the bluish-green...
    • Contributor: Muḥammad Zamān Al-Tabrīzī - Jāmī
    • Date: 1589

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    Collection of Words for Everyday Use. The Setsuyōshū (Collection of words for everyday use) is a type of Japanese dictionary from the end of the Muromachi period (late 16th century), collated in iroha (Japanese phonetic alphabet) order and subdivided into semantic categories. This book is one of the first of these dictionaries to have been published. It was created in order to instruct people how to write certain words in...
    • Contributor: Rin, Sōni
    • Date: 1500

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    Three Collections of Proverbs and Sayings. This printed book was published in 1883 at the famous Jawa'ib Press founded by the Arab printer, author, and journalist Ahmad Fāris al-Shidiyāq. As is often the case with early printed books, the publication itself has received more attention than the contents of the work. Jawa'ib Press was established in the Ottoman capital of Constantinople (Istanbul) in 1860 and operated for about 20 years...
    • Contributor: Mufaḍḍal Ibn Muḥammad Al-Ḍabbī, Active 8th Century - Shidyāq, Aḥmad Fāris - Yāqūt Al-Mustaʻṣimī, 1299
    • Date: 1883

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    Al-Bukhāri's Abridged Collection of Authentic Hadith. This work is the earliest Arabic manuscript in the National Library of Bulgaria. Incomplete and fragmentary, it is a 1017 copy of Volume 3 of Sahīh al-Bukhārī (Al-Bukhārī's authentic hadiths). Muhammad ibn Ismā'īl al-Bukhārī (810--70) was born in Bukhara, in present-day Uzbekistan, and died in Khartank, near Samarkand. He is considered by Sunni Muslims to be the most authoritative collector of hadiths-reports of statements...
    • Contributor: Bukhārī, Muḥammad Ibn Ismāʻīl, 810-870
    • Date: 1017

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    Collection of the Treatises of al-Ṭūsī. Naseer al-Din (or al-Naseer) al-Tusi (1201--74 AD, 597--672 AH) was a Muslim Persian polymath. He was born in Tus, Khorasan, in present-day Iran. Al-Tusi witnessed the great invasion of the Islamic world by the Mongols, whom he later joined. He was said to have been in the company of Hulegu Khan when the latter destroyed the Abbasid capital of Baghdad in 1258 AD. Al-Tusi,...
    • Contributor: Ṭūsī, Naṣīr Al-Dīn Muḥammad Ibn Muḥammad
    • Date: 1938

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    A Collection Dealing with the Medical Profession. The manuscript presented here comprises seven different texts dealing with medicine, particularly the profession of medicine. The texts begin with an urjuzah (type of Arabic poem) by Persian polymath Abu ʻAli al-Husayn Ibn Sina (known in the Latin West as Avicena, 980--1037) on the effect of the seasons on health. This is followed by an alphabetically-grouped glossary of medicinal terms, and an alphabetically-grouped glossary...
    • Contributor: Rāzī, Abū Bakr Muḥammad Ibn Zakarīyā, 865?-925 - Avicenna, 980 - ʻaṭṭār Al-Hārūnī, Dāwud Ibn Abī Naṣr Active 13th Century - Ḥusaynī, Zayn Al-Dīn Ibn Al-Sayyid Muḥammad Al-Ḥimṣī - Anṭākī, Dāʼūd Ibn ʻumar, 1599 - Masīḥī, ʻīsá Ibn Yaḥyá, 1010011 - Abū Naṣr Ibn Al-Masīḥī, 1223
    • Date: 1662

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    Collection of Various Works by Maimonides. This manuscript contains translations into Hebrew of various works by Maimonides from the original Arabic. Included are: Moreh nevukhim, known in English as The Guide to the Perplexed, Perush ha-milim ha-zarot, and Maamar teḥiyat ha-metim, all translated by Samuel ibn Tibbon; Beur milot ha-higayon, translated by Moses ibn Tibbon; Perush perek helek, a commentary on the Mishnah; the tractate Sanhedrin, in a translation variously...
    • Contributor: Maimonides, Moses
    • Date: 1300

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    The Fourth Volume of al-Bukhari's Collection of Authentic Hadiths. Muhammad ibn Isma'il al-Bukhari (810--70) was born in Bukhara, present-day Uzbekistan, and died in Khartank, near Samarkand, also in present-day Uzbekistan. He is considered by Sunni Muslims to be the most authoritative collector of hadiths-reports of statements or deeds attributed to the Prophet Muhammad. Al-Bukhari's collection, commonly known as Sahīh al-Bukhārī (Authentic hadiths compiled by al-Bukhari), was completed in 846. It was the first...
    • Contributor: Bukhārī, Muḥammad Ibn Ismāʻīl, 810-870
    • Date: 1174

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    Collection of Texts on Mathematical Astronomy and the Natural Sciences. This manuscript is a collection of texts on mathematical astronomy and the natural sciences dating from early in the ninth century. The illuminations are mainly of astronomical content and are based on models from late antiquity. They include the occupations of the 12 months, the earliest surviving medieval illuminations of this type (folio 91 verso); an astronomical map (folio 113 verso); the constellations (folios...
    • Date: 0818

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    The Grand Sheikh Ibn Sina's Collection of Treatises. Al Hussein ibn Abdullah Ibn Sina (also known by the Latinized version of his name, Avicenna, 980--1037 AD; 370--428 AH) was a Muslim Persian polymath and the foremost physician and philosopher of his time. In his Introduction to the History of Science, the eminent historian of science George Sarton (1884--1956) characterized Ibn Sina as "one of the most famous exponents of Muslim universalism and...
    • Contributor: Avicenna, 980
    • Date: 1935

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    Poetry Collection of Ṣafī al-Dīn al-Ḥilli. Scholars consider al-Hilli one of the leading poets of postclassical times, that is, the period following the fall of the Abbasid Empire in 1258. His Diwan (Collection of poems) is in 12 chapters, which cover a variety of personalities and occasions and recount in verse vignettes his travels with the Egyptian Mamluk ruler Qalāwūn (died 1290) on his campaign to Mardin in eastern Anatolia....
    • Contributor: Qalfāṭ, Nakhlah - Ḥillī, Ṣafī Al-Dīn ʻabd Al-ʻazīz Ibn Sarāyā
    • Date: 1892

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