Centre of Oriental Manuscripts named after Abu Rayhan Biruni at the Tashkent State University of Oriental Studies
Matla‘ al-Nujum wa Majma‘ aL-‘Ulum by Abu Hafs ‘Umar al-Nasafi as a Sample of Guidance Manual at the Time of Qarakhanids
Abstract. The present article dwells upon a unique manuscript, the Matla‘ al-nujum wa majma‘ al-‘ulum (“The Place of the Ascension of Stars and Collection of Sciences”) by Abu Hafs al-Nasafi, the only copy of which is preserved in the Abu Rayhan Biruni Centre of Oriental Manuscripts in Tashkent. The manuscript deals with various subjects and topics covered within fifty six sections. Each section can be regarded as an independent piece of writing. It is worth noting that the majority of topics covered in the collection were compiled by the author himself. Moreover, al-Nasafi re-worked (i. e. compiled) works by other authors and included abridged versions thereof in the Matla‘ al-nujum. Forty topics were compiled by al-Nasafi himself, whereas the remaining sixteen sections were adopted from other authors. The collection contains records made by copyists who more than once remarked that the manuscript was a copy made off the records dictated by the author himself. The pieces in the collection were a course of lectures given by al-Nasafi in the Tabghach-khan madrasa and Samarqand mosques; they were a collection of manuals or study books in the various fields of knowledge taught within the Qarakhanid education system.
Keywords: Abu Hafs al-Nasafi, Tabghach-khan madrasa curriculum, Matla‘ al-nujum wa majma‘ al-‘ulum, Abu Hafs al-Nasafi's teaching activities, course manual, study book, Samarqand
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