Leaves from a dispersed manuscript
copy of the Dal��il al-Khayr�t  
written in the Sudani script





Nigeria or Western Sudan
early 20th Century 




 Folio 26a

 Folio 26b

Folio 26a from a dispersed manuscript copy of the Dal��il al-Khayr�t

Folio 26b  from a dispersed manuscript copy of the Dal��il al-Khayr�t

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 Folio 26a

 Folio 48b

Folio 26a from a dispersed manuscript copy of the Dal��il al-Khayr�t

Folio 48b  from a dispersed manuscript copy of the Dal��il al-Khayr�t

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 Folio 49a

 Folio 49b

Folio 49a  from a dispersed manuscript copy of the Dal��il al-Khayr�t

Folio 49b  from a dispersed manuscript copy of the Dal��il al-Khayr�t

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 Folio 100a

 Folio 100b

Folio 100a  from a dispersed manuscript copy of the Dal��il al-Khayr�t.

Folio 100b  from a dispersed manuscript copy of the Dal��il al-Khayr�t

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Description:

    Leaf Dimensions:  11.5 cm wide x 17.5 cm high

    Folios from a dispersed manuscript copy of the Dal��il al-Khayr�t.
    Inner margin of page edge is cut.
    Stiff, thick tan colored paper.
    Chain and rule lines are visible in the paper.
    Partial indiscernible watermarks are visible on some of the pages. 
    According to the colophon from which this leaf originates, the 
    manuscript was copied by Muhammad al-Thani bin al-Haaj Muhammad al-Murham.  
    
    




Leaf 26

Side a

    Five lines of text.
    Main text is written in black ink in Arabic.
    Text markings in green, yellow and red ink.
    The text is written in a Sudani style Maghribi script (Ifriqi script).
    No interlinear or marginal notes present.


Side b

    Section divider.
    Simple decorated page.
    Decorative border with line outlines in black ink with
    yellow, red and green ink infilling.
    Ten lines written in black ink.
    Markings in red ink.
    Written in a Sudani style Maghribi script (Ifriki script).
    Vowels and vocalization highlights in green, red and yellow ink.
    No interlinear or marginal notes present.
    Leaf is numbered 26 in pencil at the upper right corner of the page.
    Dealer (Griffon's Medieval Manuscripts, Inc.) catalog number 26435 
    written in pencil lower right corner of page.




 
    
 
 

Additional notes. 
     

     The Dal��il al-khayr�t or "Guide to Good Deeds" or 
     "The Indications of Grace" is a collection of prayers 
     and devotions.  It was composed by Muhammad bin Sulay-man 
     al-Juzuli, a Moroccan, who died in 1465.
     
     Copies of this immensely popular work often included 
     illuminated pages showing paintings of Mecca and Medina.
     The work also includes an elaborate genealogy of the Prophet.
       
     Sudani is an Arabic script which is used in Sub-Saharan 
     West Africa.  It is a thick densly written linear script 
     which originated in the 13th century in Timbuktu.  This 
     type of West African Arabic script is also known as the 
     Ifriqi script.  It belongs to the Maghribi family of scripts.


     






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