• Art of the Islamic and Indian  auction at Christies

    Sale 7843

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    13 April 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 178

    SHIHAB AL-DIN ABU 'ABDULLAH 'UMAR AL-SUHRAWARDI (D. AH 632/1234 AD): 'AWARIF AL-MA'ARIF

    SIGNED IBRAHIM BIN MUSA BIN 'UTHMAN AL-'AJAMI, HAMA, MAMLUK SYRIA, DATED 7 DHU AL-HIJJA AH 686/13 JANUARY 1288 AD

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    SHIHAB AL-DIN ABU 'ABDULLAH 'UMAR AL-SUHRAWARDI (D. AH 632/1234 AD): 'AWARIF AL-MA'ARIF
    SIGNED IBRAHIM BIN MUSA BIN 'UTHMAN AL-'AJAMI, HAMA, MAMLUK SYRIA, DATED 7 DHU AL-HIJJA AH 686/13 JANUARY 1288 AD
    An early copy of the reknowned manual on Sufism, Arabic manuscript on paper, 258ff. as numbered plus two fly-leaves, each with 21ll. of black naskh, index at beginning, titles in red naskh, colophon stating that it was completed on the morning of Tuesday 7 Dhu al-Hijja AH 686 in Hama, some later marginal notes, first folio with later owners' notes, generally clean, in restored Mamluk stamped brown morocco binding
    Folio 9 7/8 x 7¼in. (25 x 18.6cm.)


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    This copy was written within 54 years of the author's death. Two other copies of this work, dated 1283 AD and 1292 AD, are in the Chester Beatty Library (Arthur J. Arberry, The Chester Beatty Library, A Handlist of the Arabic Manuscripts, Dublin, 1956, Vol.I&II, Nos.3340, 3038). A later owner's note on the first folio states that this copy was "sold legally to the judge Muhammad bin Yusuf bin Ahmad bin Abi al-Fawaris on Saturday 22 Rabi' II AH 690/25 March 1291 AD."

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