A GRAMMATICAL MISCELLANY BY JAMAL AL-DIN ABU ‘AMR ‘UTHMANN IBN AL-HAJIB
Manuscript Date: 1672-1673
i. Kitab Kafiya by Jamal al-Din Abu 'Amr 'Uthmann ibn al-Hajib Dated 1083 (1672-1673
ii. Kitab Misbah by Burhan al-Din Abu' l-Fath Nasir al-Mutarrizi Undated.
iii. Three untitled grammatical treatises. Undated.
Arabic manuscript on paper. Five works in one volume. A compact selection from two
classic Arab grammarians, and three additional anonymous treatises, with extensive
annotations, in a fine ta'liq with appealing embellishments.
Ibn al-Hajib's enduringly popular syntactical work al-Kafiya, is here presented alongside the Misbah of this near contemporary al-Mutarrizi. Both are concise discourses on syntaz, spring from the golden age of Arabic grammarians at the turn of the eleventh and twelfth centuries. These are deliberately abbreviated texts written for students. The persistent importance of grammatical works to Arabic and Islam, not just linguistically, but culturally is made plain by the fact that six hundred years after they were first composed, these two works were still being reproduced and annotated. #1300