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Manuscript/Mixed Material Suwar al-kawākib. سور الكواكب / صور الكواكب

About this Item


  • Suwar al-kawākib.

Other Title

  • سور الكواكب
  • صور الكواكب


  • Text is an excellent authority on Arabic names for the stars and constellations; includes depictions of celestial constellations. Persian note before beginning of text claims that this book written in 820 H [1417], but the note probably dates from the 18th century when the book was rebound.


  • Ṣūfī, ʻAbd al-Raḥmān ibn ʻUmar, 903-986.

Created / Published

  • 1 Muḥarram 820 H [18 February 1417].


  • -  Astronomy, Arab--Early works to 1800
  • -  Constellations--Early works to 1800
  • -  Manuscripts, Arabic--Washington (D.C.)
  • -  Stars--Names--Early works to 1800


  • -  Fol. 1b-173a.
  • -  Illustrations (some colored) and tables.
  • -  Library of Congress. Arabic manuscript, SM16.
  • -  Ms.
  • -  Naskhi script; 19 lines in written area, 16 x 9 cm.
  • -  Paper: yellowed cream, watermarks, first two and last leaves repaired, dark stains on fol. 1a; traces of humidity on edges of paper. Text in black, with rubricated headings and captions. Illustrations of constellations have colored ink and gold-colored pigment. Catchwords on rectos. Some diacritical marks.
  • -  Persian inscriptions of former owners on fol. 175b dated 1174 H [1760], 1202 H [1787], 1204 H [1789], and 1205 H [1790].
  • -  Precious old binding. Cover and pastedowns decorated and gilded.
  • -  Title from container.
  • -  Fihris al-makhṭūṭāt al-ʻArabīyah fi Maktabat al-Kūnghris, 16-17.
  • -  Also available in digital form.
  • -  Arabic; Persian verses on fol. 175b and Persian text on leaf inserted before beginning of text.
  • -  Incipit: الحمد لله الواحد العدل قال عبد الرحمن بن عمر المعروف بأبي الحسين الصوفي ....


  • 176 leaves (19 lines), bound : paper, col. ill. ; 25 x 15 cm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • QB23 .S84 1417

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2008401028

Online Format

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  • pdf

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Ṣūfī, ʻAbd Al-Raḥmān Ibn ʻUmar, 903-986. Suwar Al-Kawākib. [1 Muḥarram 820 H 18 February, 1417] Manuscript/Mixed Material.

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Ṣūfī, ʻ. A. I. ʻ. (1417) Suwar Al-Kawākib. [1 Muḥarram 820 H 18 February] [Manuscript/Mixed Material] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Ṣūfī, ʻAbd Al-Raḥmān Ibn ʻUmar, 903-986. Suwar Al-Kawākib. [1 Muḥarram 820 H 18 February, 1417] Manuscript/Mixed Material. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.