Fragmentary work without beginning or end concerning the manipulation of letters and names, written in clear Naskhi, Arabic, with Greek title on cover which is not relevant to the contents.
Treatise on the pseudo-science of tasrif
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- ReferenceGB 227 ms2(O)
- Dates of Creation18th century
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialArabic
- Physical Description1 volume, 46ff
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Administrative / Biographical History
'Abd al-Rahman ibn Muhammad ibn 'Ali ibn Ahmad al-Bistami (d.858/1454), mystic and occult author. He was born in Antioch and educated in Cairo. From there he travelled to Bursa in Turkey to work at the court of Sultan Murad II, to whom he dedicated several writings. He belonged to the Hurufi order of dervishes, and was particularly interested in the mystical significance of the letters of the alphabet. As well as occult subjects, he composed works on history and geography.
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Given by Sir John MacGregor Murray of Lanerick (1745-1822), catalogued by DM Dunlop.
Call number used to be ms PJ7836.A2
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Paper: 8.5" x 6".
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