London: Messrs Luzac & Co., 1940. First edition. Hardcover. Quarto. xix, 343pp. (in Arabic numerals for the manuscript). Original black cloth with gilt lettering and ruling on spine. Published by the Trustees of the "E. J. W. Gibb Memorial" to promote those researches into the History, Literature, Philosophy and Religion of the Turks, Persians and Arabs, in memory of Elias John Wilkinson Gibb.
"... it appears that al-Muhasibi was born towards A.H, 165 at Basra, the son of a man who was a heretic, described variously as a Qadari and a Magian. For this reason al-Muhasibi rejected the fortune which he might have inherited, on the ground that the Prophet had forbidden members of two different sects to inherit from one another..." (Introduction)
Being a prolific writer the al-Muhasibi's Kitab al-Ri'aya lihuquq Allah was his masterpiece, written in the form of counsels, given to a disciple in reply to his questions, promoting a way of life to render to God the service which is His due. In the best of the three manuscripts available, the book is divided into sixty-two chapters, with many subsections. In this edition Smith made use of three copies of the manuscript thought to be the only copies to exist. Another manuscript from the collection of Chester Beatty came to light after this edition had gone to press. After review Smith concluded that it seem to be, in the main, identical with the Angora recension, one of the manuscripts examined for this work. Text in English and Arabic. Binding lightly rubbed. Some damp-staining of endpapers and block lightly age-toned. Very good condition. Item #50163