Isl. Ms. 36


[Siyāsat al-murīdīn,late 14th or 15th century].[سياسة المريدين,اواخر القرن 14م أو القرن 15م].


Muʼayyad billāh Aḥmad ibn al-Ḥusayn,944 or 5-1030?مؤيد بالله أحمد بن الحسين.

Place/Date of Production:

[13-- or 14--].


67 leaves :paper ;180 x 130 (114 x 71) mm. bound to 180 x 131-135 mm.


Elegant copy of the work on religious life for the seeker or Sūfī novice by the Zaydī imām al-Muʼayyad Billāh Aḥmad ibn al-Ḥusayn.

Other Title(s):

Title from inscription on fol.1a (p.1):مناهج الابرارTitle from inscription on fol.1a (p.1):كتاب التصوفTitle in GAL:Siyāsat al-murtaddīn


Muslims--Conduct of life--Early works to 1800.
Repentance--Islam--Early works to 1800.
Religious life--Islam--Early works to 1800.
Sufism--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.




Ms. codex.
Title from inscription on 'title page' fol.1a (p.1).


"الحمد لله الذي جعل لنا الى سلوك مناهج الابرار سبلا لائحة ونصب لنا على لزوم مدارج الاخيار ادلة واضحة ... وبعد فاني لما رايت مجالس العلوم في زماننا هذا بتجلي العلوم وغامضها معمورة وخطوطها اهلها منها موفورة الا علوم المعاملة فانها اصبحت منبوذة مهجورة ..."


"التفت اليهما فقالت ما حاجتكما فقالا جئناك زائرين مسلمين قالت قد خلفتما قوما عني لا تشغلاني عن عبادة ربي فاني ابادر طي صحيفتي فسئل عنها فقيل هذه مليكة بنت محمد بن المكندر [ اي المنكدر] بلغ مبلغه [كذا]"


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Physical Details:

IV-1 (7), 7 IV(63), 2 I(67) ; chiefly quaternions ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization.


Written in 8 lines per page ; frame-ruled (impression of ruling board evident).


Naskh-nastaʻlīq ; large, elegant hand ; sans serif ; effect of words descending to baseline ; slight tilt to the left ; contrast in line thickness with heavier horizontal strokes ; initial hāʼ looking like two inverted commas.


Written area surrounded by a simple rule-border of blue fillets ; text rubricated with keywords in red.


non-European (Persian) laid paper with laid lines, somewhat indistinct, oriented horizontally and spaced 6-7 laid lines per cm. ; chain lines only sporadically visible as short lengths or a few cases in pairs (spaced roughly 16 mm. between the chains) ; lightly sized and burnished ; more rough than smooth.


Pasteboards covered in marbled paper (pink, blue, white) with spine, fore-edge flap, and edges/turn-ins in red leather ; Type II binding (with flap) ; board linings in paper ; sewn in cream thread, two stations ; endbands virtually gone, only traces of primaries remain ; in poor condition with flap ill-fitting and much abrasion, staining, pest damage and numerous repairs in heavy textured tape.

Former Shelfmarks:

British Museum, London "No. 34. Manahij al-abrar." ; on tail edge "۲٤٣".


Lacks dated colophon but paper would suggest late 14th or 15th century.

Ownership and History:

Bookplate of British Museum, London on inner front cover, "British Museum, London. No. 34. Manahij al-abrar." ; circular seal impression with figure of goat/gazelle/antelope in purple ink as well as inscription "482" in Western numerals on fol.1a (p.1) ; circular waqf-seal impression in black ink appears on fol.1a (p.1) and elsewhere throughout, reads: "هذا وقف الراجي فيض الصمدي الشيخ احمد ضيا الدين ابن مصطفى الخالدي فمن بدله بعد ما سمعه فانما اثمه على الذين يبدلونه" ; on fol.1b (p.1) "وقف" written in the otherwise blank upper rectangular panel (possibly intended for a headpiece) ; a few marginal corrections.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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Former Owner(s):

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In Collection:

Tiflis Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,I 186 ; SI 317-318

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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 3:

الامام المؤيد أحمد بن الحسين، الهاروني الديلمي الزيدي (د. 411هـ)

March 2, 2012 6:23 pm
H. Mottaghi on paragraph 8:

i told nearly, you most put other subject … like this text is for shi’a but zeydi’s shi’a blonged to iranian zeydi grups were in c. 4-5 AH in Deylam that were in north of iran that time a few difrent with yemen zeydi ..

March 2, 2012 6:28 pm
H. Mottaghi on paragraph 29:

مؤلفات الزيدية: جلد2، صفحه 105

March 2, 2012 6:28 pm

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