Isl. Ms. 432


[Arbaʻīn-i Jāmī ,1256, i.e. 1840 or 1841].[اربعین جامی,1256ه، 1840 أو 1841م].



Place/Date of Production:

[1840 or 1841].


12 leaves :paper ;218 x 140 (135 x 69) mm. bound to 225 x 145 mm.


Elegant copy of Jāmī's verse paraphrase of forty ḥadīth.

Other Title(s):

اربعين جامىTarjamah-ʼi manẓūm-i chihil ḥadīs̲ترجمۀ منظوم چهل حدیثTitle from colophon:اربعین حدیث مع ترجمه


Hadith--Texts--Early works to 1800.
Hadith--Criticism, interpretation, etc.--Early works to 1800.
Hadith--Poetry--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Manuscripts, Persian--Michigan--Ann Arbor.


Headpieces (layout features)19th century.


Arabic and Persian.


Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloguer.


"صحیح ترین حدیثی که راویان مجالس دین ... اما بعد این چهل حدیث کلمه است ازان کلمات که سهولت فهم و حفظ را بنظم فارسی ترجمه گر ده مي آید امید ... لا يؤمن احدكم حتى يحب لاخيه ما يحب لنفسه هر کسی را لقب مکن مؤمن گرچه از سعی جان وتن کاهد ..."


"لا يشبع المؤمن من دون جاره صدق النبي هر که در خطه مسلمانی باشد از نقد دین گر انمایه ... تمت الاربعين حديث مع ترجمه اربعینهاى سالکان جامی هست بهر وصول صدر قبول بنود از فضل حق عجیب و غریب که بدین اربعین رسی بوصول ... ما تازه گناهیم و عطای تو قدیم است"


"Scribal," triangular, reads "على يد ضعيف الفقير الحقير كتبه العبد المذنب محمد زكرياى سمرقندى غفر الله تعالى ذنوبه ١٢٥۶"


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Physical Details:

V+I (12) ; quinion with added single bifolium ; catchwords present.


Written mainly in 9 lines per page, three of ḥadīth text and six of the Persian verse paraphrase with the hemistiches of four lines of verse divided and arranged on the diagonal ; written area divided to set off the ḥadīth text and elucidation ; text of preface in 8 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Nastaʻlīq ; elegant hand ; serifless with characteristic descent of words to baseline and superscripting of final words and letters ; elongation of horizontal strokes.


Illuminated headpiece (ʻunwān) at opening consisting of rectangular piece with empty cartouche and flanking vegetal accents (all in gold) set between heavy gold bands and surmounted by a scalloped semi-circular piece (dome) filled with swirling floral vegetal decoration and surmounted by vertical stalks (tīgh) all in gold ; written area (and panels within) surrounded by gold rule-border ; ḥadīth text, preface and closing matter chrysographed.


Quite heavy wove paper ; surfaced dyed pale blue and pale green.


Heavy pasteboards covered in painted lacquerwork, spine in black leather ; Type III binding (without flap) ; doublures in fine painted lacquerwork of composition evoking book cover design with central mandorla and pendants (filled with flowers and leaves in shades of pink and green on a black ground) set in a red ground with swirling floral vegetal pattern in gold and surrounded by border in black with white dots and flanking gold fillets (composition of upper doublure mirrors that of lower doublure) ; upper and lower covers bear paintings of nearly identical floral composition in mirror image to one another on an orange or bronze background, namely a central cluster of peonies, poppies, etc. with roses, poppies, buds, and other floral forms all in shades of pink and white with leaves in various shades of green, and surrounded by decorative bands with floral motifs in various sizes on bands of red and black ; sewn in pink thread, four stations ; overall in fair condition with some abrasion and losses to lacquerwork and pasteboard, text block almost fully detached from cover, etc. ; cover large for textblock and perhaps not original.

Former Shelfmarks:

"548 T. De M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" inscribed in pencil on recto of front flyleaf ; "233" inscribed in pencil on 'title page'.


As appears in colophon, copied by Muḥammad Zakarīyā Samarqandī with transcription completed in the year 1256 [1840 or 41].

Ownership and History:

Fairly clean copy.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

Unidentified-Can you help supply this information? Please comment!


07 Muḥammad Zakarīyā Samarqandī, fl. 1840, scribe. 07 محمد زكريا سمرقندى، ناسخ.

Former Owner(s):

Abdülhamid II, Sultan of the Turks, 1842-1918, former owner.

In Collection:

Abdul Hamid Collection.


Cat. Pers. MSS. Brit. Mus.,p. 17

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Posted by evyn on March 8, 2010
Tags: Abdul Hamid Collection, Arabic MSS, Fully Catalogued, Persian MSS

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