Collection ID: 0023 | Metadata type: TEI

Lewis O 170 Ḥikāyat aṣḥāb al-kahf. / حكاية اصحاب الكهف


Ḥikāyat aṣḥāb al-kahf. / حكاية اصحاب الكهف


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Lewis O 170
(Philadelphia, Free Library of Philadelphia, Rare Book Department)

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Free Library of Philadelphia


Arabic with one page in Persian


Copy is undated; perhaps copied in the 17th or 18th century.
between 1600 and 1799?


Unbound copy of the story of the People of the Cave, known in other traditions as the Seven Sleepers. The text begins with "Qāla Ibn ʻAbbās", and is a retelling and explanation of the tale as it appears in the Qurʼān in sūrah 18 at the end. The final leaf is smaller paper (155 x 130 (140 x 110) mm); the recto of that leaf and the previous half page is an addition in a different hand with the verso of the final leaf written in Persian.



11 leaves : 220 x 150 (185 x 110) mm


11 unfoliated leaves; 1⁸ + 3 leaves tipped to stubs; catchwords each verso, lower left.


Laid paper


Unbound; remains of textile around the spine.


  • 17 long lines; ruled with a misṭarah.
  • Script

  • Written in neat naskh in black ink; pointed, partially vocalized.
  • Subjects topical




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