Commentary to ‘Abd Al-Ghanī Al-Nābulusī's Kifāyat al-ghulām


This late 19th-century manuscript, dated AH 1294 (AD 1877), contains a commentary on Kifāyat al-ghulām (The youth’s sufficiency), one of the many works of ‘Abd al-Ghanī ibn Ismā‘īl al-Nābulusī (1641–1731). ‘Abd Al-Ghanī was a Syrian mystic, theologian, poet, and traveler, and his writings in both poetry and prose reflect his many interests and activities. He spent seven years studying the writings of the Sufi mystics on their spiritual experiences. He also journeyed extensively throughout the Islamic world, to Istanbul, Lebanon, Jerusalem, Palestine, Egypt, Arabia, and Tripoli. The codex is written in a regular Naskh hand, the calligraphic style most used for Arabic from the Middle Ages to current times. Some staining has occurred at the beginning of the manuscript, but the text is still easily readable.

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كتاب رشحات الاقلام شرح كفاية الغلام

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120 pages ; 22.7 x 16.5 centimeters

Last updated: November 29, 2012