Isl. Ms. 40


al-Dāʻī ilá ashraf al-masāʻī fī ṣifat al-jannah wa-ahlihā wa-mā aʻaddahu Allāh li-ahlihā min al-naʻīm al-muqīm,[late 16th or early 17th century?].الداعي الى أشرف المساعي في صفة الجنة واهلها وما اعده الله لاهلها من النعيم المقيم,[اواخر القرن 16م او اوائل القرن 17م؟].


Shāfiʻī, Shihāb al-Dīn Aḥmad ibn al-Ḥusayn.شافعي، شهاب الدين احمد بن الحسين.

Place/Date of Production:

[between 1580 and 1620?].


74 leaves :paper ;215 x 155 (155 x 95) mm.


Fine copy of the abridgement of Ibn Qayyim al-Jawzīyah's Hādī al-arwāḥ ilá bilād al-afrāḥ, a description of the inhabitants of Paradise, supplied by his student, Shihāb al-Dīn Abū al-ʻAbbās Aḥmad ibn al-Ḥusayn al-Shāfiʻī, via removal of the isnāds (asānīd). Followed by a treatment for qūbah (skin eruptions or ringworm).

Other Title(s):

Dāʻī ilá ashraf al-masāʻīداعي الى اشرف المساعي


Sufism--Doctrines--Early works to 1800.
Paradise--Islam--Early works to 1800.
Hanbalites--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.




Ms. codex.
Title from 'title page' inscription on p.1.


"قال الشيخ الامام العالم العلامة شيخ الاسلام فريد عصره شهاب الدين ابو العباس احمد بن الحسين الشافعي امام جامع حمس المحروسة ... الحمد لله الذي اوضح لعباده الصالحين سبل الخير ... وبعد فهذا كتاب سميته الداعي الى اشرف المساعي في صفة الجنة واهلها وما اعده الله من النعيم فيها لخصته من كتاب حادي الارواح الى بلاد الافراح جمع شيخنا الامام العلامة ابي عبد [الله] محمد بن القيم رحمه الله وخلصته من المباحث والاسناد ..."


"فيقول يا رب الم تغفر لي فيقول بلى بمغفرتي بلغت منزلتك هذه تم الكتاب بحمد الله وعونه وحسن توفيقه وصلى الله على سيدنا محمد واله وصحبه وسلم"


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Physical Details:

V-1 (9), 2 V(29), V-1 (38), 2 V(58), V-1 (67), IV-1 (74) ; chiefly quinions ; quire numbering in the form of whole words ("ثاني كراس" etc.) appears on recto of first leaf of each quire ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes inserts).


Written in 23 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Naskh ; clear Syrian [?] hand ; virtually serifless ; both lām alif warrāqīyah and lām alif mukhaffafah mursalah used ; descenders mainly tapered and rectilinear ; closed and open counters ; compact in the vertical, with some elongation in the horizontal ; pointing in distinct dots ; even alif maqṣūrah pointed as yāʼ ; occasionally vocalized.


Section headings, keywords and abbreviation symbols rubricated ; occasional textual dividers in the form of three dots in red.


European laid paper with 8 laid lines per cm. (vertical) ; chain lines spaced roughly 30 mm. apart (horizontal) ; anchor in circle watermark ; quite thick and sturdy ; well-burnished.


Pasteboards covered in laid paper with dark brown leather over spine, foreedge flap, and edges/turn-ins ; Type II binding (with flap) ; sewn in red thread, two stations ; worked endbands in red and green, poor condition ; overall in poor condition with significant abrasion, losses and lifting of paper and leather, upper and lower covers detaching at spine, delamination of boards, moisture damage, etc.

Accompanying Materials:

Inserts carrying notes (paginated pp.67-68 and pp.109-110).

Former Shelfmarks:

British Museum, London "No. 19. Al-Dai ila ashraf al-masai." ;


Lacks dated colophon ; paper suggests 17th century.

Ownership and History:

Bookplate of British Museum, London on upper cover, "British Museum, London. No. 19. Al-Dai ila ashraf al-masai." ; circular seal impression with figure of goat/gazelle in purple ink as well as inscription "599" [?] in Western numerals on 'title page' (p.1) ; former owner's mark appears on 'title page' (p.1) and verso of final leaf (p.152) ; occasional marginal corrections.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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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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