Author: Yay ibn al-usayn ibn al-Qsim
Shelf Number: History 2492
Copying Year: Unknown
[Yay ibn al-usayn ibn al-Qsim] wrote a number of books dealing with the history of Yemen. The most comprehensive and important one is [Anb al-Zaman f£ Tr£¢ al-Yaman], being one of the principal general sources of the history of Yemen during the Islamic period. He studied thoroughly the history of the different dynasties which ruled Yemen and the biography of the scholars who lived there since the beginning of the rule of Islam till the year 1046H. He collected his material from some rare - now lost - sources. Moreover, he discussed social and economic issues. The book also contains important and detailed information about the different Islamic sects in Yemen. The author is one of the first who mentioned the plantation of the [Qt] (a stupefying herb) and coffee in Yemen. The book is considered as a continuity of another book titled [Anb al-Zaman]. The author arranged the historical events in a chronological order beginning with the year 1046H until 1099H. Some of these events happened not far from the life time of the author, while he was an eye witness to others. This copy is the rough draft written by the author himself. Another author, [al-Sayyid Muammad Ziydah], depended on the above mentioned copy to write his book under the title [Nar al-Arf]. The copy is written in bad handwriting using [Mutd] script with no diacritical points and with many erasures.