Accessible Introduction to the Prophets Mentioned in the Qurʼan. Essay on the Rules for Use of “la-siyyama,” (“Especially”)


This Arabic manuscript contains two short works by the 18th-century Egyptian scholar Ahmad ibn Ahmad al-Suja’i. The first work, of seven pages, deals with prophets mentioned in the Qu’ran, who are described in verse with commentary. The individuals mentioned include some of the Old Testament prophets, such as Moses, Aaron, and Isaac. The second tract, of three pages, is entitled Risalah fi ahkam la-siyyama (Rules governing use of “especially”). It is a discussion of the meaning and proper usage of this idiom. Both works have been published in modern critical editions. Al-Suja’i was born in a town north of Cairo and received his early education in language and religious studies from his father, a distinguished religious figure. Al-Suja’i is the author of dozens of works in the Islamic sciences and Arabic language. His biography appears in the major historical works of the chronicler and biographer 'Abd al-Rahman al-Jabarti (1754−1822) and of Ali Mubarak Basha (1823 or 1824−93), a cabinet minister and influential reformer. The manuscript is in a clear but unartful naskh script.

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فتح ألمنان ببيان الرسل التي في القرآن bound with رسالة في إحكام لا سيما

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7 pages ; 23 x 16 centimeters


  1. Khayr al-Din al-Zirikli, Al-A’lam (Beirut: Dar al-‘Ilm lil-Malayin, 1980).

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