Commentary on Ibn Malik's “Tashīl al-fawā'id”


This Arabic manuscript contains the commentary by Muḥammad Ibn Abī Bakr al-Damāmīnī (circa 1362–1424) on the Tashīl al-fawā'id (Simplification of the facts), a grammatical work of the famous Abū ʻAbd Allāh Djamāl Al-Dīn Muhammad, known as Ibn Malik (circa 1204–74). The manuscript is written in a tight Naskh hand and the wide margins have numerous annotations. The codex appears to have been used by Eli Smith (1801–57), an American missionary and one of the Protestant translators of the Bible into Arabic, who worked in Beirut in the early to mid-19th century. Ibn Malik was a Spanish-born Arab grammarian, who spent much of his life in present-day Syria and is best known for his Khulāsa al-alfiyya, also seen simply as Alfiya, a versified Arabic grammar primer that was the subject of many commentaries.

Last updated: August 28, 2012