Kitab al-milal wa al-nihal (Book of religious and philosophical sects) by Abu al- Fath Muhammad ibn ‘Abd al-Karim al-Shahrastani (d.1153)

Manuscript; Kitab al-milal wa al-nihal (Book of religious and philosophical sects) by Abu al- Fath Muhammad ibn ‘Abd al-Karim al-Shahrastani; Arabic in black naskhi script; 212 folios; standard page: 1 column, 20 lines of text.
Binding: The manuscript with an envelope flap is bound in brown leather over paper pasteboards; the lower and upper cover both have a border of multiple fillets.

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Historical period(s)
12th-13th century
Medium
Ink on paper
Dimensions
H x W x D (overall): 32.8 x 23.5 x 5 cm (12 15/16 x 9 1/4 x 1 15/16 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1937.47
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Manuscript

Keywords
naskh script, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

To 1937
Hagop Kevorkian (1872-1962), New York. [1]

From 1937
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Hagop Kevorkian, New York. [2]

Notes:

[1] Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s)

Hagop Kevorkian 1872-1962

Description

Manuscript; Kitab al-milal wa al-nihal (Book of religious and philosophical sects) by Abu al- Fath Muhammad ibn 'Abd al-Karim al-Shahrastani; Arabic in black naskhi script; 212 folios; standard page: 1 column, 20 lines of text.
Binding: The manuscript with an envelope flap is bound in brown leather over paper pasteboards; the lower and upper cover both have a border of multiple fillets.

Published References
  • Hagop Kevorkian. Exhibition of the Kevorkian Collection Including Objects Excavated Under His Supervision. New York. No. 257.
  • Encyclopedia of Islam., New Edition. Leiden. vol. 4: pp. 263-64.
  • Arthur John Arberry. Specimens of Arabic and Persian Palaeography. London. pl. 9.
  • Carl Brockelmann. Geschichte der Arabischen Litteratur. 3 vols., suppl., Leiden, 1937-1943. pp. 428-29, 762.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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