Isl. Ms. 896


[Risālah fī tārīkh al-Maghrib fī ʻahd al-Sulṭān Mawlāy Sulaymān,late 19th century?].[رسالة في تاريخ المغرب في عهد السلطان مولاي سليمان,اواخر القرن 19م؟].


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45 leaves :paper ;210 x 133 (165-175 x 105) mm. bound to 213 x 137 mm.


Crude transcript (arranged for annotation) of an excerpt of a larger work containing an account of the tribes and regions of Morocco under the ʻAlawī sulṭān, Sulaymān ibn Muḥammad ibn ʻAbd Allāh ibn Ismāʻīil (d.1822).

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Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Sulaymān,--Sultan of Morocco,--d. 1822.




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"فصل في معرفة قبائل المغرب الذين هم محدودين في حكومة السلطان الاعظم الخليفة الافخم الشريف الجليل الماجد الاصيل مولانا سليمن [سليمان] بن مولانا محمد بن مولانا عبد الله بن مولانا اسماعيل نصره [؟] الله وخلد ملكه ..."


"والغزال في السحراء والطيور النعام في السحراء ايضا وهذا ما وجدنا في الاخبار والله يوفقنا لما يجب ويحبه ويرضاه كملت"


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Physical Details:

i, V+1 (11), XI (29), VIII (45), i ; leaves of transcript have been mounted in such a way as to allow space for annotations on facing pages, many of which are thus partially or fully blank ; catchwords present in transcript (as they appeared in the exemplar) ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, appears only on leaves carrying the transcript.


Transcript written mainly in 17 lines per page ; every other leaf carries a varying number of clarifications or glosses of vocabulary from the Arabic text as well as notes in English.


Maghribī script ; crudely executed in pencil in imitation of the exemplar, mainly serifless and rounded with sweeping descenders, spur-like tail on alif of prolongation, slight effect of inclination to the right, etc. (compare transcript of Isl. Ms. 898).


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European "laid" paper (no watermarks visible) upon which leaves carrying the transcript have been affixed (every other leaf) ; compare Isl. Ms. 898.


Fiber boards covered in printed shell 'marbled' paper (mainly in brown, blue and dark pink) with dark brown cloth over spine (quarter binding) ; Western style binding ; pastedowns and flyleaves in untinted wove paper ; sewn in heavy cream thread, four stations, over two wide tapes / bands (flexible sewing) ; overall in fair condition with some abrasion, lifting and losses of paper, board and cloth, etc.

Accompanying Materials:

a. Slip with note "Persian [crossed out] Arabic Manuscripts (Heyworth Dunne?) No Husselman or Meredith-Owen notes" -- b. Slip with note "Counted for 1968/69 Annual Report" -- c. Recycled card with notes in pencil "Maghribi script – N. African script (not incl. Egypt) | same writer as that of the pencilled ms. [i.e. Isl. Ms. 898] | apparently transcribed from anr. ms. (on right) & his notes on how to puzzle it out (on left)"

Former Shelfmarks:

Mich. Isl. Ms. temp. no. 45


Lacks dated colophon ; paper, etc. would suggest late 19th century ; bookseller's label suggests terminus ante quem in the range of 1886 to 1916.

Ownership and History:

Description on verso of front flyleaf "An account of the Provinces in the Kingdom of Selim Ben Mahomed Ben Abdallah Ben Ismail i.e. of Morocco written in the Moorish character" ; on opening leaf, a listing distinguishing "Moorish", i.e. Maghribī letterforms from the standard forms of the Islamic East ; label on back flyleaf "GEORGE GREGORY, Book Merchant and Library Buyer, 5, Argyle Street, BATH" and on lower pastedown "GEORGE GREGORY, Bookseller to H.M. Queen Alexandra, 5, Argyle Street, BATH" (compare Isl. Ms. 898) ; extensively annotated.

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Former Owner(s):

Nuttall, Frank E., 1875-1943, former owner.

In Collection:

F. E. Nuttall Collection.


Bennison, Amira K. "ʿAlawī dynasty." In EI3,accessed via Brill Online.Forsyth, Michael. Bath. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2003.p.178

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Posted by evyn on February 2, 2011
Tags: Arabic MSS, F. E. Nuttall Collection, Fully Catalogued

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