Al-Kashf wa'l-Bayan fi Taqrir al'Iyan

Scope and Content

Al-Kashf wa'l-Bayan fi Taqrir al'Iyan, a work on alchemy, being 'the Revelation and Demonstration, or a statement of Personal Observation, science of the process of transmuting', probably written in Egypt or Syria in 17th or 18th century, in naskhi, Arabic. The latest author cited in the text is Shudhuri who died in 593/1197 so the original may date from the 12th century.

Administrative / Biographical History


Access Information

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Acquisition Information

Sir John MacGregor Murrayof Lanerick, catalogued by DM Dunlop.


Call number used to be msPJ7836

Other Finding Aids

Individual Manuscripts and Small Collections database available as part of Manuscripts Database.

Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Maia Sheridan, Archives Hub project archivist, based on material from the Manuscripts Database

Conditions Governing Use

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There is a brief description of the manuscript by DM Dunlop, 'The St Andrews Arabic Alchemy MS', Journal of St Andrews University Chemical Society, vol I, 5, April 1951.