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William Bentley (1759-1819) Middle Eastern Language Manuscripts Collection

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William Bentley Middle Eastern Language Manuscripts Collection
Volume 1
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1Title: Kitāb kharīdat al-‘ajā'ib wa-farīdat al-gharā'ib: [The Pearl of Wonders and the Uniqueness of Things Strange] 1729/30
Author: al-Wardī (i.e. Zayn al-Dīn ‘Umar ibn al-Muẓaffar ibn al-Wardī)
Notes: Item dated 1142 A.H. (1729 or 1730 CE). Previously catalogued as # 11 by JAOS [1851]).
Bentley's Original Library Designation: # 13
Language: Arabic
Volume 2
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11Title: Gulistān: [The Rose Garden]undated
Author: Sa‘dī (i.e. Muṣliḥ-ad-Dīn Sa‘dī)
Notes: inactive mold, use caution.
Bentley's Original Library Designation: # 5
Language: Persian
Volume 3
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12Title: Lackingundated
Notes: Persian poetry, as previous item
Bentley's Original Library Designation: # 2
Language: Persian
Volume 4
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13Title Kitāb as-Sab‘iyāt fī Mawā‘iẓ al-Barīyāt: [Book of the Sevenfold, respecting the Admonition of Creatures]1692/3
Author: al-Hamadānī (i.e. Abū Naṣr Muḥammad al-Hamadānī)
Notes: Item dated 1104 A.H. (1692 or 1693CE). Previously catalogued as # 9 by JAOS (1851).
Bentley's Original Library Designation: Lacking
Language: Arabic
Volume 5
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21Title: Kitāb Manāsik al-Ḥajj: [Book of the Rituals of the Pilgrimage]undated
Notes: Item labelled on its final leaf, possibly by Bentley, as "Ceremonies to be observed on a pilgrimage to Mecca".
Bentley's Original Library Designation: # 12
Language: Arabic
Volume 6
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22Title: al-Juz' ‘Amma [or] al-Juz' ath-Thālathūn: [Portion "‘Amma" (of the Qur'ān); The 30th Portion (of the Qur'ān)]undated
Notes: Copy of the final 1/30th of the Qur'ān, from Chapter 78 to Chapter 114. Good condition, little wear.
Bentley's Original Library Designation: # 18
Language: Arabic
Volume 7
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2Title: Nafā'is al-Arā'is fī Qiṣaṣ al-Qur'ān al-‘Aẓīm wa-Siyar al-Anbiyā': [Gems of the Brides respecting the Narratives of the Glorious Qur'an and the Lives of the Prophets] 1714/15
Author: ath-Tha‘labī (Abū Isḥāq Aḥmad ibn Muḥammad ath-Tha‘labī)
Notes: Item dated 1126 A.H. (1714 or 1715 CE). Previously catalogued as # 1 by JAOS (1851). Copious Arabic inscriptions at front.
Bentley's Original Library Designation: # 23
Language: Arabic
Volume 8
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23Title: Lacking [Prayerbook opening]: Allāhuma yā Mālik al-mulk yā Dhā 'l-Jallāl wa 'l-Ikrām: [O Allāh! O King of the kingdom, O Possessor of Majesty and Munificence]undated
Notes: Prayerbook, concluding with dhikr of divine names.
Bentley's Original Library Designation: # 10
Language: Arabic
Volume 9
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24Title: Sharḥ al-Fātiḥa: [Interpretation of the Opener (i.e. the first Chapter of the Qur'ān)]undated
Notes: Unbound, pamphlet; perhaps a partial work; no Bentley markings visible.
Bentley's Original Library Designation: Lacking
Language: Arabic
Volume 10
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31Title: [Partial pamphlet of prayers, exegesis and quotations from the Qur'ān, including]: Dhikr [prayers invoking the divine names] Sūrat as-Sajda [Chapter 32 of the Qur'ān]undated
Bentley's Original Library Designation: # 6
Language: Arabic
Volume 11
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32Title: al-Ājurrūmiyyah: [(The Work of) Ibn Ājurrūm]undated
Author: Ibn Ājurrūm (i.e. Muḥammad ibn Muḥammad ibn Ājurrūm, 1273/4-1323)
Notes: Celebrated treatise on Arabic Grammar, with Latin and Hebrew annotations. Copied by Samuel Harris (1783-1810), who gave this item to Bentley (see unsigned, inserted letter in item, which is written in Harris' hand).
Bentley's Original Library Designation: # 7
Language: Arabic
Volume 12
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3Title: Fatḥ al-Jalīl bi-Bayān 'Anwār at-Tanzīl: [The Opening of the Glorious in the exposition of "The Lights of Revelation"]undated
Author: al-Anṣārī (i.e. Zayn ad-Dīn Zakariyā ibn Muḥammad al-Anṣārī)
Notes: Qur'ānic commentary, glossing al-Bayḍawī's 'Anwār at-Tanzīl. Previously catalogued as # 4 by JAOS (1851). English inscription in front is misleading (i.e. "Interpretation of the Chapter Nam'd Bedava of the Alkoran").
Bentley's Original Library Designation: # 14
Language: Arabic
Volume 13
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33Title: Kitāb Kharīdat al-‘Ajā'ib wa-Farīdat al-Gharā'ib: [The Pearl of Wonders and the Uniqueness of Things Strange]undated
Author: al-Wardī (i.e. Zayn ad-Dīn ‘Umar ibn al-Muẓaffar ibn al-Wardī)
Notes: Extensive Arabic inscriptions on inside covers, including prayers and poetry. Previously catalogued as # 10 by JAOS (1851).
Bentley's Original Library Designation: #16
Language: Arabic
Volume 14
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4Title: Nafā'is al-Arā'is fī Qiṣaṣ al-Qur'ān al-‘Aẓīm wa-Siyar al-Anbiyā': [Gems of the Brides respecting the Narratives of the Glorious Qur'an and the Lives of the Prophets]undated
Author: ath-Tha‘labī (Abū Isḥāq Aḥmad ibn Muḥammad ath-Tha‘labī)
Notes: Extensive Arabic inscriptions on inside covers, including prayers and poetry. Previously catalogued as # 2 by JAOS (1851).
Bentley's Original Library Designation: # 25
Language: Arabic
Volume 15
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41Title: Kitāb ash-Shifā bi-Ta‘rīf Ḥuqūq al-Muṣṭafā: [The Book of Healing, by the Recognition of the Rights of the Chosen One]undated
Author: Qāḍī ‘Iyāḍ (i.e. ‘Iyāḍ ibn Mūsā, 1083-1149)
Notes: Defective at the end. Previously catalogued as # 7 by JAOS (1851).
Bentley's Original Library Designation: # 19
Language: Arabic
Volume 16
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42Title: Lackingundated
Notes: Small, brief pamphlet, incomplete, opening with the basmala.
Bentley's Original Library Designation: Lacking
Volume 17
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4Title: Khusraw va Shīrīn: [Khusraw and Shirin]undated
Author: Niẓāmī Ganjavī (1140 or 1141-1202 or 1203)
Notes: Fine edition of this Persian literary classic, bearing autograph of John Little (inside front cover). After basmala, this edition opens with "Beginning of the Story of Khusraw and Shirin", rather than standard prefatory prayers and episodes.
Bentley's Original Library Designation: # 20
Language: Persian
Volume 18
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5Title: al-Juz‘ al-Awwal min al-Zawājir ‘an Iqtirāf al-Kabā'ir: [The First Portion of "Restraints against Committing Grave Sins"]undated
Author: al-Haytamī (Aḥmad ibn Muḥammad ibn ḥajar al-Haytamī)
Notes: Previously catalogued as # 8 by JAOS (1851).
Bentley's Original Library Designation: # 15
Language: Arabic
Volume 19
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51Title: al-Juz‘ ath-Thālith min Saḥiḥ al-Bukhārī: [The Third Portion of al-Bukhārī's Authentic (Collection of Traditions)]undated
Author: al-Bukhārī (i.e. Muḥammad ibn Ismāʻīl al-Bukhārī, 810-870)
Notes: Previously catalogued as # 6 by JAOS (1851).
Bentley's Original Library Designation: # 24
Language: Arabic
Volume 20
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6Title: al-Juz‘ al-Awwal min Saḥiḥ al-Bukhārī: [The First Portion of al-Bukhārī's Authentic (Collection of Traditions)]undated
Author: al-Bukhārī (i.e. Muḥammad ibn Ismā‘īl al-Bukhārī, 810-870)
Notes: Previously catalogued as # 5 by JAOS (1851).
Bentley's Original Library Designation: # 22
Language: Arabic
Volume 21
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6Title: Maqāmāt: [The Assemblies]undated
Author: al-ḥarīrī, 1054-1122 (Muhammad al-Qasim al-Hariri)
Notes: Previously catalogued as # 12 by JAOS (1851).
Bentley's Original Library Designation: # 21
Language: Arabic
Volume 22
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71Title: Lackingundated
Notes: Slim pamphlet, containing prayers.
Bentley's Original Library Designation: Lacking
Language: Arabic
Volume 23
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7Title: Anwār at-Tanzīl wa Asrār at-Ta'wīl: [The Lights of Revelation and the Secrets of Interpretation]undated
Author: al-Bayḍawī (i.e. ‘Abd Allah ibn ‘Umar al-Baydawi)
Notes: Concludes with Sūrat al-Kahf. Previously catalogued as # 3 by JAOS (1851).
Bentley's Original Library Designation: # 26
Language: Arabic
Volume 24
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72Title: Lackingundated
Notes: A compilation in various hands; opens by citing Abū al-Majd Salām al-Fayyūmī
Bentley's Original Library Designation: # 17
Language: Arabic
Volume 25
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7Title: Lackingundated
Notes: Identified as a "Private Journal" in English; Bentley describes this item as a "Malabar MS. Small 4to".
Bentley's Original Library Designation: # 1
Language: Tamil
Volume 26
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73Title: [Glossary of the Separate Particles]undated
Author: John Richardson [from his] A Grammar of the Arabick Language
Notes: Copied by Samuel Harris (1783-1810), and given to Bentley on November 25, 1806.
Bentley's Original Library Designation: # 8
Language: Arabic & English
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