By François de Blois
The Muhammad Ali Hamdani assortment within the Library of The Institute of Ismaili reports represents a wide section of the library amassed over seven generations by way of an eminent kinfolk of students from the Da'udi Bohra group in India and the Yemen. the majority of the manuscripts are Ismaili spiritual writings, yet there also are quite a few fascinating books of common Islamic, or certainly secular content material, and those provide an extraordinary perception into the complete cultural diversity of a realized relations of Indian non secular students. the overpowering majority of the books are in Arabic, yet there also are a small quantity in Persian and in Bohra da'wat language (lisan al da'wat), Gujarati in Arabic script. many of the manuscripts have been produced in India, yet the most attention-grabbing ones are from the Yemen, the ancestral domestic of the Hamdani extended family (the oldest of those is from the 14th century CE, or maybe earlier). includes certain descriptions of the manuscripts during this Hamdani assortment, discussing either the content material of the works and the codicological positive aspects of the manuscripts. The creation comprises additionally a accomplished background of the Hamdani family members.
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His first teachers in Arabic and Islamic studies were Shaykh Isl;laq 'Ali Shahjapun and his own father. He was one of the first members of the community to receive a modem Western education. He obtained his Master's degree from Bombay University in 1927, before travelling in 1928 to England to study at the School of Oriental and Mrican Studies of the University of London. R. Gibb and received his doctorate in 3. For an overview of I;Iusayn al-Hamdani's pioneering studies, see Farhad Daftary's Ismaili Literature (London, 2004), pp.
As I do not know the exact date of the migration of'Ali:b. Sa'id from the Yemen to India, I cannot say in which of those two countries this copy was produced. EDmoNs: ed. A~afb. 'Ali A~ghar Fayqi (A. A. A. Fyzee) (Cairo, 19511961), 2 vols; repr. I AUTI:IORS IN NORTII AFRICA, EGYPT AND PERSIA 23 numerous manuscripts, including this one; ed. 'Arif Tamir (Beirut, 1995), 2 vols (essentially based on the Fyzee edition). TRANSLATION: The Pillars of Islam, tr. A. A. A. Fyzee and completely revised and annotated by Ismaili K.
0 and on the label on the front cover. DESCRIPTION: Ms. 1416 and 1417 [Handlist 33d-e] the same Arabic manuscript of the first volume, dated 1895-1896 This is another copy of the first jild, bound as two volumes, with continuous pagination. The binder has broken the text in the middle of a sentence. ) describing the supposed circumstances of the compilation of the Da'a'im. This is followed by a table of contents of the sections contained in the first (physical) volume; the remainder of the table is prefixed to the second volume.
Arabic, Persian and Gujarati Manuscripts: The Hamdani Collection in the Library of the Institute of Ismaili Studies by François de Blois