Isl. Ms. 25


Kitāb al-Alfīyah fī ʻilm al-ḥadīth,[18th century?].كتاب الافية في علم الحديث,[القرن 18م؟].


ʻIrāqī, ʻAbd al-Raḥīm ibn al-Ḥusayn,1325-1404.عراقي، عبد الرحيم بن الحسين

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37 leaves :paper ;222 x 142 (169 x 75) mm.


Versification in alif of a collection of ḥadīth by Ibn al-Salāḥ al-Shahrazūrī (d. 643/1243).

Other Title(s):

Alfīyat al-ʻIrāqīالفية العراقي


Hadith--Criticism, interpretation, etc.--Early works to 1800.
Hadith--Texts--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Ibn al-Ṣalāḥ al-Shahrazūrī, ʻUthmān ibn ʻAbd al-Raḥmān,--1181 or 2-1245




Ms. codex.
Title from 'title page' fol.1a (p.1).
Former Shelfmark: British Museum, London "No. 79. Al-Alfiyah fi 'l-hadith." ; "١٧٢" on tail of textblock.


"يقول راجي ربه المقتدر عبد الرحيم بن الحسين الاثري من بعد حمد الله ذي الالاء على امتنان جل عن احصاء ثم صلاة وسلام دائم على نبي الخير ذي المرحم فهذه المقاصد المهمة توضح من علم الحديث رسمه نظمتها تبصرة للمبتدي تذكرة للمنتهي والمسند..."


"فربنا المحمود والمشكور اليه منا ترجع الامور وافضل الصلاة والسلام على النبي سيد الاناب"


"Scribal," triangular, reads: "تمت بعون الله وبمنه وحسن توفيقه وصلى الله على سيدنا محمد واله وصحبه وسلم"


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Physical Details:

3 V (30), III+1 (37) ; chiefly quinions ; four leaves of final quire left blank ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (skips two pages between p.53-54 and includes inserts).


Written in 17 lines per page, divided to two columns ; frame-ruled.


Naskh with influence of nastaʻlīq ; neat Persian hand (?) ; virtually serifless ; mainly closed counters ; slight effect of words descending to baseline as well as gentle slant to the right ; almost fully vocalized.


Text rubricated with headings, etc. in red.


European laid paper with 10 laid lines per cm. (vertical) and chain lines spaced 30 mm. apart (horizontal) ; watermarkof three crescents overlaid, each in a different orientation.


Pasteboards covered in laid paper with spine and edges/turn-ins in brown leather ; Type II binding (with flap, though now lost) ; board linings in a yellow paper ; hinges in pink ; repairs in blue cloth ; sewn in blue thread, two stations ; endbands mostly gone ; in poor condition with much moisture damage, staining, abrasion, lifting and loss of leather (spine lining exposed), delaminating of boards, etc.

Accompanying Materials:

Slip of laid paper (paginated p.9-10) and slip with notes (possibly of bookseller, paginated pp.13-14).

Former Shelfmarks:

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Lacks dated colophon ; paper may suggest 18th century.

Ownership and History:

Bookplate of British Museum, London on inner front cover, "No. 79. Al-Alfiyah fi 'l-hadith." ; circular seal impression with figure of goat/gazelle in purple ink as well as inscription "359" in Western numerals on fol.1a (p.1) ; circular waqf-seal impression in black ink appears on fol.1a (p.1) and several places throughout reads: "هذا وقف الراجي فيض الصمدي الشيخ احمد ضيا الدين ابن مصطفى الخالدي فمن بدله بعد ما سمعه فانما اثمه على الذين يبدلونه" ; occasionaly margina corrections ; inscription on fol.1a (p.1) provides a listing of the various shurūḥ on this work and their authors.

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Former Owner(s):

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In Collection:

Tiflis Collection.

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

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H. Mottaghi on paragraph 2:

الالفية no الافية

March 2, 2012 6:29 pm

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