Guidebook for Students on the Use of Arithmetic


This guidebook is a short commentary on a work on arithmetic entitled al-Wasīla (The tool) completed in the 14th century by Shihāb al-Dīn Ahmad ibn Alī ibn Imād. The commentary is by the renowned Egyptian scholar known as Sibt (grandson of) al-Māridīnī (1423–1506), who taught mathematical sciences at Alazhar for a long time. The body of the work begins with a general discussion on numbers, and forms a standard introduction to arithmetic. The manuscript, which was completed by Ahmad ibn Yūnus al-Chalabī al-Hanafī in 1496 (AH 903) at the Madrasa al-Ashrafiya, was at some point donated as a waqf (pious gift or bequest) to a mosque.

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ارشاد الطلاب الى وسيلة الحساب

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15.5 x 21 centimeters with a 10 x 13.5 centimeter text block of 25 lines. 62 leaves with red ink on the title page, black text, and subsidiary sentences in red ink. Contains signs of restoration and humidity spots on some pages.


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Last updated: September 29, 2014