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  • Египетский список «Ал-Канун ал-вадих…» в Научной библиотеке Санкт-Петербургского государственного университета

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Египетский список «Ал-Канун ал-вадих…» в Научной библиотеке Санкт-Петербургского государственного университета

A rich illuminated copy of “Kitab al-Qanun al-Wadhih fi Mu‘alajat al-Jawarih” composed by ‘Ali Ibn Qushtum al-Baghdadi (13th c.) was written in 1510 and now belongs to the collection of Arabic manuscripts of St. Petersburg State University. The treatise was not published and the manuscript itself is not well known. “Kitab al-Qanun al-Wadhih fi Mu‘alajat al-Jawarih” is devoted to classification of birds of prey, their training and treatment. The manuscript opens with a page of full-illumination. The geometric basis for this decoration is a circle. The beautiful central figure consists of colored concentric circles surrounded by six rays. The equal design has the finispiece, decorated with four dashes radiating from the center-sun-shape. A decorated opening double-page carries the title of the work in the upper (Kitab) and lower (al-Qanun al-Wadih) panel in its right side. The name of the author, basmala and hamdala are inscribed in the centre-medallion. The main text executed in an elegant nash script. The treatise consists of two parts – theoretical and practical. The copy is a noteworthy sample of the illumination of Arabic manuscript on the eve of Ottoman conquest. “Kitab al-Qanun al-Wadhih fi Mu‘alajat al-Jawarih” is a the low-studied source on the history of the Arab medicine and Arab-Muslim culture.