Chinese Islamic manuscripts.

Manuscript, Book
  • Arabic
  • Persian
[between 178-? and 185-?]
[286] p. (5-7 lines), bound ; 217 x 164 mm.


Rare books genre
Summary note
Contains sections from the Koran and a text on the five pillars of faith.
  • Ms. composite codex.
  • Spine title.
  • On p. 1 of endpaper: A Wylie, 1853.
  • Collation: Paper ; catchwords (some with accompanying Chinese characters).
  • Layout: First two pages of text frame-ruled in red and gold.
  • Description: Written in thuluth-like hand using a Chinese brush ; rubricated ; text block has been trimmed ; minor insect damage and discoloration.
  • Leaves of pages are doubled in Chinese fashion; many are pasted together, others simply folded at outer edges. Some leaves appear to have been coated. Paper is unglazed laid stock, probably of Chinese manufacture.
  • Incipit: [كلمۀ شهادة] الحمد لله من اول الدنيا الى فنائها ومن اول الاخرة الى بقائها ... كلمۀ شهادة ...
Binding note
Binding is leather and marbled paper over boards. Spine and cover corners are black leather. Spine has five sets of blind stamped gilt lines running across spine; title frame and title also stamped in gold. Covers are marbled paper. Green and red silk endcaps.
  • 1. p. 1-78: [Selections from the Qur'ān]. Sūrat al-Anbiyāʼ, Sūrat al-Ḥajj, Sūrat al-Kahf, and Sūrat al-Muʼminūn, verse 1.
  • 2. p. 79-151: [Selections from the Qurʼān and other texts]. Sūrat al-Anbiyāʼ, 6-39; Sūrat al-Ḥajj, 39-74; Sūrat al-Kahf, 80-150; followed by a prayer and a brief masʼalah. Text followed by a benediction, a prayer on Sūrat al-Kahf and a one page note on questions and responses.
  • 3. p. 152-286: Kalimah-i shahādah. Work is an instruction text on the five pillars of faith. Text in red is Persian.
AM 15727. Gift of William Scott Watson (1862-1944) (Princeton Theological Seminary Class of 1888).
Other title(s)
  • Qurʼan. Selections
  • Kalimah-ʼi shahādah.
  • کلمۀ شهاده.
  • Li bai nian yi ben.
  • Jian yueh jing.
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