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 accrued 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 a number of attention-grabbing books of common Islamic, or certainly secular content material, and those provide an extraordinary perception into the total cultural variety of a discovered relatives 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. lots 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 even earlier). includes distinct descriptions of the manuscripts during this Hamdani assortment, discussing either the content material of the works and the codicological gains of the manuscripts. The advent comprises additionally a entire historical past of the Hamdani relatives.
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Al-l:;lasan b. Idns al-Anf (the 30th da'i, 1631-1632); if this information is correct the master copy must be from the time of the latter, if not earlier. al-Majdu', pp. 190-191; Ivanow (1933), no. 49; Ivanow (1963), no. 16; Goriawala (1965), no. 24; Poonawala (1977), pp. 71-72, no. 1; Gacek (1984), no. 142; Cortese (2003), no. 153. 5 to 10 em); 16lines; black ink with superscription and rubrics in red; naskh; marginal corrections; signed by Tayyib 'Ali: b. Mulla l:;labib Allah b. ib Sultan 'Ali: Burhanpun and dated Friday 15 Sha'ban 1301 (this date corresponds to Monday 9 June 1884, so there is some mistake); title and author indicated in the superscription and on the label on the front cover; title also indicated in the explicit (foL 91a).
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.
1457), but even without this information the doctrines attacked in this book are clearly those of the famous physician. zis in the presence of an unnamed ruler, the one attacking, the other defending the notion of prophecy, while the larger part of the book contains quotations from an unnamed treatise by Mul;tammad b. Zakariyya' (probably his Ff naqt;l al-adyan ), attacking all established religions and unmasking their prophets as swindlers, with a verbose refutation by Abul;latim. A pioneering study of this book was undertaken by Paul Kraus while preparing his unfmished collection of the philosophical works of Mul;tammad b.