Genealogies are usually in two formats: mabsut
(flattened, and in a prose format) or mushajjar
(designed as a tree and with charts). This example in the so called tree-format and it is divided into fifteen chapters, listed on f.2b. The text is written on watermarked paper with three crescent moons (trelune
), and the binding bears a central almond-shaped panel decorated with the chi
cloud design common in Ottoman Turkey from the sixteenth century onwards (see Deroche 2015, p.300).
A copy of the same text, attributed to the sixteenth century, in now in the Yale University Library (inv. no.Landberg MSS 118), whilst a further copy in recorded in Brockelmann to be in the National Library, Cairo (inv. no.V,346; Brockelmann S II p.971).