Isl. Ms. 13


Kashf al-sutūr fī tafsīr Āyat al-nūr,[1227, i.e. 1812].كشف الستور في تفسير آية النور,[1227ه, 1812م].


Sadullah Ismail.سعد الله اسماعيل.

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24 leaves :paper ;213 x 125 (150 x 73) mm. bound to 215 x 130 mm.


Fine copy of Saʻd Allāh ibn Ismāʻīl's commentary on Āyat al-nūr.

Other Title(s):

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Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Koran--Sūrat al-nūr, 35--Commentaries.


Headpieces (layout features)19th century.




Ms. codex.
Title from opening on fol.2a (p.5).
Origins: As appears in colophon on fol.23b (p.48), copied by Ḥasan al-Zuhdī al-Arḍirūmī (Hasan Zühdi Erzurumi). Transcription finished 3 Rabīʻ I [?] 1227 H [March 1812 M].


"الحمد لله الذي تجلى بذاته لذاته بالنور ولما سواه من الانبياء والكمل بنور النور ... وبعد فيقول العبد المفتقر الى الله الجليل سعد الله بن اسماعيل لما ترددت [؟] في زمان مديد في مطالعة التفاسير من اراء المتقدمين والمتأخرين في رسائلهم للاطلاع على اية النور بوجه منير فما وجت فيها شيئا ... ولما تم ترقيمها وتحريرها سميتها كشف الستور في تفسير اية النور ..."


"والله بكل شيء عليم يعني علمه احاط بكل شيء مجردا كان او ماديا متخلقا باخلاقه او غير متخلق بها والله اعلم بالصواب واليه المرجع والمآب"


"Scribal," triangular, reads: "كتبه حسن الزهدي الارضرومي غفر الله له ولوالديه ولاستاذه امين في ۳ع [؟] سنة ۱۲۲۷ه م"


As appears on fol.2a-2b (p.5-6) dedicated to the wazīr (vizier) Amīn Pāshā.


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Physical Details:

i, 2 V(20), II (24), i ; final folio ruled but left blank ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization.


Written in 15 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Naskh ; Exquisite Ottoman hand ; partially seriffed with right-sloping head-serif on lām, ṭāʼ, ẓāʼ, etc. but free-standing alif serifless ; slight effect of slant to the left ; open and closed counters ; occasional swooping tails ; partially vocalized.


Illuminated headpiece (ʻunwān) on fol.1b (p.4) consisting of rectangular panel with central gold cartouche and flanking floral accents in pink, red, yellow, and gold, entire piece framed in borders of pink and gold ; illuminated tailpiece on fol.23b (p.48) consisting of rectangular panel with an arabesque-like pattern in pink, blue, and red on a field of gold above an inverted triangular piece (carrying colophon accented by cloud bands and rosettes) flanked by elaborate floral decoration in pink, blue, white and green ; textual dividers in the form of elaborate illuminated rosettes ; written area framed in a series of gold bands with outermost red fillet ; text rubricated with Qur'anic text, keywords, overlining, etc. in red.


non-European laid paper with vertical laid lines spaced 10-11 laid lines per cm. with some sagging and curving ; well-burnished and quite smooth ; no chain lines clearly visible ; flyleaves in European paper with horizontal chain lines spaced 31 mm. apart and vertical laid lines spaced 12 laid lines per cm.


Pasteboards covered in marbled paper (blue, orange and white) with spine and turn-ins in red leather ; Type III binding (without flap) ; board linings in a tinted (blue green) European laid paper with watermark partially visible "GIACOMO..." ; sewn in yellow thread, two stations ; endbands mostly gone ; in poor condition with spine leather cracking and lifting, moisture damage, staining, abrasion, and some ink burn ; currently housed in envelope.

Former Shelfmarks:

British Museum, London "No. 83. Kashf al-sutur."


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Ownership and History:

Bookplate of British Museum, London on inner front cover, "No. 83. Kashf al-sutur." ; circular seal impression with figure of goat/gazelle in purple ink as well as inscription "248" in Western numerals on front flyleaf ; traces of a pasted label removed from fol.1a (p.3) ; a few interlinear corrections in red ink ; inscription/excerpt on back flyleaf.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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05 Hasan Zühdi Erzurumi, fl.1812, scribe. 05 حسن الزهدى الارضرومى، ناسخ.

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In Collection:

Tiflis Collection.


Kaḥḥālah, ʻUmar. Muʻjam al-muʼallifīn, (Dimashq, 1957),v.4, p.216

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Posted by evyn on March 8, 2010
Tags: Arabic MSS, Fully Catalogued, Tiflis Collection

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