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    Sale 7615

    Art of The Islamic And Indian Worlds

    7 October 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 28

    FAKHR AL-DIN MUHAMMAD BIN UMAR AL-RAZI (D. AH 606/1209 AD): AL-SIRR AL-MAKTUM FI MUHATABAT AL-NUJUM (THE HIDDEN SECRET IN THE CONVERSATION OF THE STARS)

    NEAR EAST, CIRCA 1300

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    FAKHR AL-DIN MUHAMMAD BIN UMAR AL-RAZI (D. AH 606/1209 AD): AL-SIRR AL-MAKTUM FI MUHATABAT AL-NUJUM (THE HIDDEN SECRET IN THE CONVERSATION OF THE STARS)
    NEAR EAST, CIRCA 1300
    On astrology, fortune telling and magical incantations, Arabic manuscript on thick paper, 261ff. plus 1 fly-leaf, each with 19ll. of black naskh with important words picked out in red, numerous marginal commentaries in black and red, some tables and diagrams, incomplete at end, minimal waterstaining in margins, later brown morocco with flap
    Folio 9½ x 6¼in. (24 x 15.9cm.)


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    The present manuscript is an early copy of a work on astrology and magic. Fakhr al-Din al-Razi was an important scholar of the late 12th century who is known for his work on philosophy and religious sciences. Although he was an Asha'rite scholar concerned primarily with philosophy and theology, his knowledge of both Islamic and non-Islamic literature was extensive and even in his theological texts, such as his Tafsir, he includes discussions on astrology, astronomy, physics and medicine. Born in Rayy in 1149, he lived in Bukhara, Samarkand, Ghazna and Hind and finally settled in Herat, where he was poisoned by members of the Karramiya sect.

    Another copy of the manuscript is in the John Rylands Library (A. Minganana, D.D., Catalogue of the Arabic Manuscripts in the John Rylands Library, Manchester, 1934, pp.588-89, no.362).

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