Muhyi-al-Din Abu Zakariya Yahya bin Sharaf bin Muri al-Nawawi was born in Nawa near Damascus in 1233 AD, and studied in Damascus becoming a Shafi’ite jurist and a hadith scholar. His most important works are al-Minhaj bi sharh sahih muslim and Minhaj al-talibin on Islamic law according to the Shafi’i school. He died in 1277-78 AD. The present work is listed under the title Al-idah fi manasik a-hajj in Katib Celebi, Kashf al-Zunun, Beirut, 2008, vol. VII, p.464.
In the preface of this work, the author quotes his main source as Imam Abu 'Amr bin Salah and states that he used his work to write the present treatise and added to it (dhakhartu maqasidahu [..] wa zidtuhu).
The Kitab al-Manasik comprises eight main chapters:
1) The etiquettes of travelling and issues related to the obligation of pilgrimage.
2) Pilgrim sanctity (ihram) and its unlawful, obligatory, and recommended features.
3) Entering Mecca and the obligatory elements, recommended features and etiquettes of pilgrimage.
4) On al-‘Umra, the minor pilgrimage
5) On the sanctuary in Mecca, the farewell circumambulation (tawaf) and the rules connected to the sacred precinct.
6) Visiting the grave of the Prophet and issues related to Medina.
7) On what to do if the pilgrim missed part of the rituals and on what is forbidden
8) On the pilgrimage of minors and the rules of the return journey home. A later inscription in the outer margin next to this chapter adds the word “’Abd” (slave, ie. the pilgrimage of a child, a slave, or someone similar).
See Brockelmann, GAL, I. 397; S. I, 684. Brockelmann lists very few copies of this work which are to be found in Cairo, Rampur, Bombay, Patna, Berlin and London. A incomplete copy entitled, Al-idah fi manasik al-hajj, Undated, 14th century, is in the Chester Beatty Library, see A. Arberry, A Handlist of the Arabic Manuscripts, volume VI, Dublin, 1963, p. 57, no. 4688.
This is a very early dated copy of a manual on rituals of the pilgrimage, as well as being an early of this work, written within 100 years of the author's death.