Isl. Ms. 653 v.1


al-Juzʼ al-awwal min Sīrat Fāris al-ʻIrāq :man zalzala jamīʻ al-āfāq wa-shattat al-mulūk min al-ṭibāq, al-fāris al-mumāris wa-al-asad al-mutāris al-Malik Asad al-Fawāris,[1312, i.e. 1895].الجزء الأول من سيرة فارس العراق :من زلزل جميع الافاق وشتت الملوك من الطباق, الفارس الممارس والاسد المتارس الملك اسد الفوارس,[1312ه، 1895م].


Muḥammad ibn Sulayman ʻArafāt,fl. 1895.محمد بن سليمان عرفات.

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62 leaves :paper ;217 x 160 (180 x 110) mm.


First of twenty-five volumes containing a collection of the epic tales of al-Malik Asad al-Fawāris ibn Jūdar [Jawdar], the fāris of ʻIrāq, in the manner of the Arabic heroic narrative (sīrah shaʻbīyah) apparently compiled in the present form by Muḥammad ibn Sulayman ʻArafāt (fl.1895) and Amīn ibn Muḥammad al-Sārī (fl.1895).

Other Title(s):

Sīrat Fāris al-ʻIrāq.juzʼ 1.سيرة فارس العراقجزء 1.اسد الفوارس ١Title from close on p.125:جزء الاول من سيرة الفارس الممارس


Folk literature, Arabic.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.




Ms. codex.
Title from 'title page' (p.7).


"الحمد لله رب العالمين وبه نستعين والعقابة للمتقين ولا عدوان الا على الظالمين ... اما بعد فهذه قصة اسد الفوارس ابن جودر الذي جاهد عن دين الاسلام واقر سيدنا محمد سيد ولد عدنان ..."


"فان به خلاصي من يد قناصي وان فعلت ما امرتك به والله لاخوانك بل والليل امسى والحديث ليلة غدا وغدا تسمعون يا اخوان ما يأتي في بقية هذا الكلام واصلي واسلم على سيد ولد عدنان انتهى الجزء الاول من سيرة الفارس الممارس ويليه الثاني م م"


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Physical Details:

2 VII(28), 2 VI(52), V (62) ; septenions, senions and a quinion ; pagination in black ink, Hindu-Arabic numerals, center of the upper margin ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes inserts).


Written in 13 lines per page, occasionally divided to two columns to set off poetry.


Ruqʻah ; virtually serifless with slight effect of tilt to the left and of words descending to baseline (occasionally more exaggerated), mainly closed counters, some elongation of horizontal strokes, point of final nūn often set deep within bowl, pointing (for two and three dots) varies from strokes or conjoined dots to distinct dots.


Transfer picture of wheat sheaf with bouquet on 'title page' (p.7).


European laid paper with 10 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 28-30 mm. apart (horizontal), and watermarks of three crescents (67 mm. long, perpendicular to chains, see p.12, 74, 126, etc.) and names "[...] AZZUOLI" (see p.8, 128, etc.) and "FF. PAI [...]" (see p.2, 10, etc.).


Fiber boards (bare) with cream textile over spine ; Type III binding (without flap) ; hinges in paper over textile ; numeral ١ (indicating volume number) inscribed on upper cover ; somewhat crudely sewn in beige yarn or twine, mainly six stations ; overall in fair condition with abrasion, staining, etc.

Accompanying Materials:

a. Acquisitions slip from Yahuda (pp.3-4) -- b. Inventory cataloguing slip in hand of Winifred Smeaton Thomas (pp.5-6).

Former Shelfmarks:

From inner front cover, "IL 163" (likely supplied by Yahuda, see acquisitions slip).


This volume lacks dated colophon. As appears in colophon of volume 25 (Isl. Ms. 653 v.25, pp.112-113) transcription of the entire set executed by Muḥammad ibn al-Ḥājj Sulaymān ʻArafāt with transcription completed 20 Dhū al-Ḥijjah 1312 [June 1895]. This volume was likely completed within months of that date. The colophon of vol. 25 also indicates that the work was authored by Muḥammad ibn al-Ḥājj Sulaymān ʻArafāt and Amīn ibn Muḥammad al-Sārī.

Ownership and History:

Possible former shelfmark on spine "٩" ; large circular seal impression on 'title page' (p.7) in name of the copyist (and author) Muḥammad ʻArafāt reads "صاحبه محمد عرفات ..." ; occasional marginal corrections.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

04--Amīn ibn Muḥammad al-Sārī,--fl. 1895.
04--امين بن محمد الساري.


05 Muḥammad ibn Sulayman ʻArafāt, fl. 1895, scribe, former owner. 05 محمد بن سليمان عرفات، ناسخ، مالك سابق.

Former Owner(s):

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In Collection:

Yahuda Collection.


Heath, P. " Sīra Shabiyya." EI2,vol. IX, p.664, col.1"Fāris." EI2,vol. II, p.800, col.1

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Posted by evyn on June 1, 2011
Tags: Arabic MSS, Fully Catalogued, Yahuda Collection

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