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JAMAL AL-DIN MUHAMMAD BIN MUHAMMAD AL-AQSARA'I (D. 1377-78 AD): HALL AL-MUJIZ (THE RESOLUTION OF THE MUJIZ)

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JAMAL AL-DIN MUHAMMAD BIN MUHAMMAD AL-AQSARA'I (D. 1377-78 AD): HALL AL-MUJIZ (THE RESOLUTION OF THE MUJIZ)

SIGNED MUHSIN MIR MUHAMMAD 'ALI AL-TABIB, BUKHARA, DATED JUMADA II AH 991/JUNE-JULY 1583 AD

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JAMAL AL-DIN MUHAMMAD BIN MUHAMMAD AL-AQSARA'I (D. 1377-78 AD): HALL AL-MUJIZ (THE RESOLUTION OF THE MUJIZ) SIGNED MUHSIN MIR MUHAMMAD 'ALI AL-TABIB, BUKHARA, DATED JUMADA II AH 991/JUNE-JULY 1583 AD Also known as Sharh Mujiz al-Qanun, an important medical encyclopaedia, Arabic manuscript on paper, 330ff. as numbered plus four fly-leaves, each folio with 19ll. of rounded naskh script, important words in red or blue, others in larger script, including a large diagram on optics, text within gold, blue and black rules, occasional contemporary and later notes, catchwords, opening folio with finely illuminated headpiece in gold and polychrome, colophon signed and dated (the signature hardly legible), the fly-leaves with various later notes, dates and seal impressions including a Mughal seal mentioning Shah Jahan (?), in black morocco binding Text panel 6 ¾ x 4 ¾in. (16.2 x 10.7cm.); folio 9 ¾ x 7 1/8in. (24.7 x 18.1cm.)
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According to Emily Savage-Smith, 'this is an extensive and popular commentary on the Mujiz which was given the title Hall al-Mujiz, because according to the author, it resolves (yahullu) the problems and obscurities that occur in the Mujiz. In the introduction the author states that in order to resolve many of these problems he consulted the fundamental books such as the Qanun itself, al-Majusi’s al-Kamil, al-Razi’s al-Hawi and the writings of Najib-al-Din Samarqandi' (E. Savage-Smith, A New Catalogue of Arabic Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, volume I: Medicine, entry no. 66, pp.291 – 299). The Mujiz is an epitome of Ibn Sina's Qanun by Ibn al-Nafis (d. 1288 AD).

There are four copies in the Bodleian Library, Oxford (see above). Another copy dated 10 Dhu al-Qa’da AH 852/5 January 1449 AD is the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin (see A.J. Arberry, A Handlist of the Arabic Manuscripts, volume V, p. 92, no.4291). Three copies dated AH 961/1554 AD (OR 5931), 17th century (OR 5857/1) and 18th century (IO  ISL 3144) are in the British Library, London (see C.F. Baker (editor), Subject-Guide to the Arabic Manuscripts in the British Library, London, 2001, M.3, p. 358).

See Brockelmann, GAL, i. 457, Suppl. i. 825.

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