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An Arabic Account of the Province of Safed—I

  • Bernard Lewis
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Arabic manuscript no. 4525 in the Istanbul University Library consists of what appears to be the first part of a history of Safed. The manuscript bears no indication either of the title of the work or of the name of its author. The text begins on the second page; the first contains only a brief quotation on Safed from the Mu‘jam al-buldān of Yāqūt.

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page 477 note 1 Ḥājjī alifa, Ka f aẓ-ẓunūn, ed. Flügel, ii, 135, no. 2241; ed. Istanbul, , i, 297. Cf. Brockelmann, , GAL. S. i, 568.

page 477 note 2 Ṣubḥ al-a‘ ā, Cairo, 1914, iv, 149 ff. (= Gaudefroy-Demombynes, La Syrie à l'époqite des Mamelouks, Paris, 1923, 118 ff.). See also pp. 74–5 (= Gaudefroy-Demombynes, 4–5).

page 477 note 3 Abū'l-Maḥasin ibn Tarī-Birdī, An-nujūm az-zāhira, ed. Popper, W., California, 1936, v, 273 and 296. For further details on ‘Alamdār see ibid, 149 and 613; Maqrīzī, iṭaṭ (Bulaq edition), ii, 304–5; Wiet, G., Les Biographies du Manhal Ṣāfi, Cairo, 1932, Mem. Inst. Eg. xix, p. 224, no. 1531.

page 477 note 4 Ka f, ed. Flügel, , iii, 351, no. 5890; ed. Istanbul, , i, 836.GAL. ii, 91, S ii, 107.

page 477 note 5 The corresponding passage of the Masālik may be seen in MS. Saray 2797 ii, pp. 450–2.

page 477 note 6 ams ad-Dīn Abū ‘Abdallah Muḥammad ad-Dimaqī, Nu bat ad-dahr fī ‘ajā’ib al-barr wa'l-baḥr, ed. M. A. F. Mehren, St. Petersburg, 1866, reprinted Leipzig, 1923. French translation by Mehren, Copenhagen, 1874. Dimaqī spent his last years in Safed, where he died in 727/1327. The relevant passages occur on pp. 117–18 and 210–13 of the text.

page 478 note 1 In an obituary notice on the āfi‘ī jurist Isma‘īl b. alifa (d. 778/1376), Ibn Ḥajar (Inbāal- umr, MS. B.M. Add 7321 Rich, fol. 26b) quotes a statement from his biography by ‘al-‘Umānī, qāḍī of Safed’. There is, however, no reason to assume that this quotation comes from the Tr'rī Ṣafad. The jurist in question is of late date, and seems to have no connexion with Safed; the biography almost certainly comes from ‘Umānī's Ṭahaqāt al-fuqahā’ (cf. GAL S. ii, 108). My thanks are due to Mr. Hasan Habashi for drawing my attention to this passage, as also for his careful proof-reading of my text.

page 478 note 2 Margin. Text has.

page 479 note 1 Margin. Text has

page 479 note 2 Q 149 should be amended.

page 479 note 3 Qur'ān 14. 50 and 38. 37.

page 481 note 1 Thus the text. Margin amends to

page 481 note 2 D 118 and Q 75 should be amended.

page 481 note 3 MS.

page 481 note 4 Q 75

page 481 note 5 Q75

page 481 note 6 Margin. Text has

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page 481 note 8 Added in margin.

page 482 note 1 Q 75

page 482 note 2 Q 75

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page 482 note 4 [sic] 1.

page 482 note 5 [sic] 1.?

page 482 note 6 Thus D 213. MS..

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page 484 note 8 Thus the text, and the modern form of the name. In Q 153 the word is unpointed, but the editors quote the reading from another source. This reading is tacitly accepted by Gaudefroy-Demombynes 122.

page 484 note 9 Q 154

page 485 note 1 Added in margin.

page 485 note 2 Restored from D 211.

page 485 note 3 Margin. Text has

page 485 note 4 D 212

page 486 note 1 Ms.

page 487 note 1 [sic.[sic.]

page 487 note 2 MS.

page 487 note 3 [sic.]

page 487 note 4 [sic.]

page 487 note 5 A name appears to have been omitted here.

page 488 note 1 MS. D 210—

page 488 note 2 MS. D 210 should be amended accordingly.

page 488 note 3 MS.

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