Al-Ghazali, Eha'a ulum al din Mamluk Egypt, dated AH 811
Lot 239
Al-Ghazali, volume IV (al-Munjiyat) of his celebrated work Ihya' 'ulum ad-Din, a monumental work on Islamic law, copied by the scribe 'Ali bin Musa bin Muhammad, better known as Ibn al-Qabuni Mamluk, probably Egypt, dated 24th Sha'ban 821/25th September 1418
£4,000 - 6,000
US$ 6,300 - 9,500

Lot Details
Al-Ghazali, volume IV (al-Munjiyat) of his celebrated work Ihya' 'ulum ad-Din, a monumental work on Islamic law, copied by the scribe 'Ali bin Musa bin Muhammad, better known as Ibn al-Qabuni
Mamluk, probably Egypt, dated 24th Sha'ban 821/25th September 1418
Arabic manuscript on variously coloured paper, 452 leaves, 25 lines to the page written in naskhi script in black ink in more than one hand, significant words highlighted in red, titles and chapter divisions picked out in red, explanatory notes written in a cursive North African hand in outer margins, trimmed, slight soiling, some crude repairs otherwise in good condition, later brown morocco gilt, faded, some staining, repaired and rebacked
264 x 165 mm.

Footnotes

  • Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (born in Khorasan in 1058) was one of the foremost mediaeval authors on the subject of theology and law and the integration of the two. His best-known work was Ihya' 'ulum ad-Din, The Revival of the Religious Sciences, of which the present volume forms around one quarter. The volume al-Munjiyat, The Ways of Salvation, discusses subjects including forgiveness, hope, honesty and reflection. The Chester Beatty Library, Dublin, has at least nine copies of Ihya' 'ulum ad-Din: see A. Arberry, A Handlist of the Arabic Manuscripts, Dublin 1956, vol. II, p. 45, no. 3353; see also Brockelmann, GAL, I.422, suppl. I. 748.
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