Isl. Ms. 72


Sharḥ Hidāyat al-ḥikmah,[894, i.e. 1489].شرح هداية الحكمة,[894ه, 1489م].


Harawī, Aḥmad ibn Maḥmūd,14th cent.?هروي, احمد بن محمود.

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103 leaves :paper ;177 x 135 (122 x 62) mm. bound to 178 x 143 mm.


Much annotated copy of Mawlānāzādah Aḥmad ibn Maḥmūd al-Harawī al-Kharzīyānī's commentary on al-Abharī's Hidāyat al-ḥikmah.

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Islamic philosophy--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Athīr al-Dīn al-Abharī, al-Mufaḍḍal ibn ʻUmar,--d. 1265.--Hidāyat al-ḥikmah.




Ms. codex.
Title from inscription on front flyleaf (p.1).


"باسمك اللهم يا [...؟] الحمد والثناء يا ذا العظمة والكبرياء ويا منشئ الأجسام المختلفة الطباع ... وبعد فهذه مجلة مشتملة على شرح ما سوى المنطق من المختصر الموسوم بالهداية للامام المحقق ... الابهري ... امليته مع قلة البضاعة ..."


"هذا الالم لا يكون لازما بل يكون زائدا لما ذكرنا في الحالة الاولى"


"Authorial," rectangular, reads: "وليكن هذا اخر ما قصدنا جمعه في هذا الشرح من الفوائد واردنا نظمه في هذا السلك الفرائد حامدين لله تعالى على التوفيق..." ; "Scribal," rectangular, reads: "وقد وقع الفراغ من تحرير هذه النسخة بعون الله وحسن توفيقه في نوم جهارشنبة في وقت الضحى الكبرى تحريرا [؟] في اخر ربيع الاول سنة اربع وتسعين وثمانمئة"


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Physical Details:

i, V (10), V-1 (19), 7 V (89), IV (97), III (103) ; chiefly quinions ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals (supplied during digitization, begins with front flyleaf).


Written in 15 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Nastaʻlīq (talik) ; perhaps Turkish / Anatolian hand in a medium line ; virtually serifless with slight effect of words slanting to baseline and occasional superscript at end of line, elongation and exaggerated thickness of horizontal strokes, pointing in strokes rather than distinct dots, point of final / free-standing nūn often nearly assimilated with bowl.


Text rubricated with key words such as "قال" and "اقول", overlinings, etc. in red ; inner and outer rule-borders in red ; marginalia written in decorative shapes and patterns ; numerous figures and diagrams in margins elucidating the text (see p.22, p.23, p.25, p.118 and p.120).


non-European (likely Arab) laid paper with chain lines running horizontally in some arrangement of groups of three (possibly with groups of two and or four) having 10-11 mm. between the chain lines and roughly 38-40 mm. between the groups, laid lines running vertically spaced roughly 10 laid lines per cm. ; sized and burnished with some inclusions and undissolved fibers ; some pest damage, moisture damage, and page repairs ; a few leaves of another laid paper with chain lines running horizontally spaced 28-38 mm. apart and 13-14 laid lines per cm.


Pasteboards covered in laid paper and dark brown leather (edges and turn ins), repairs in purple cloth to spine and foreedge flap ; Type II binding (with flap) ; upper and lower covers bear outline of scalloped mandorla and pendants (cut out) with similar design on envelope flap ; board linings and interior of envelope flap in laid paper ; endbands lost, only traces of primaries remain ; sewing in dark blue thread, two sewing stations ; leather of spine detaching exposing cloth spine lining ; in fair condition.

Former Shelfmarks:

British Museum, London "No.17. Commentary of Harawi on Hidayat al-Hikmah." ; "٤٤٧" on tail edge of textblock.


As appears in colophon on [p.207], transcription finished "wa-qad waqaʻa al-farāgh min taḥrīr hādhihi al-nuskhah..." in the latter part of Rabīʻ I 894 [February-March 1489].

Ownership and History:

Bookplate of British Museum, London on upper cover, "No. 17. Commentary of Harawi on Hidayat al-Hikmah." ; circular seal impression with figure of goat/gazelle in purple ink as well as inscription "430" in Western numerals on recto of front flyleaf (p.1); inscription "٦٦٦" on recto of front flyleaf ; circular waqf-seal impression appears on front flyleaf and repeatedly throughout, reads: "هذا وقف الراجي فيض الصمدي الشيخ احمد ضيا الدين ابن مصطفى الخالدي فمن بدله بعد ما سمعه فانما اثمه على الذين يبدلونه ١٢٨٠" ; on verso of front flyleaf (p.2): price "قيمت ۱٠٠", kabīkaj invocation "يا كبيكج", seal of Solomon inscription (with greatest name of God / al-Ism al-Aʻẓam), and several owners' marks including "صاحب اسماعيل ابن الحامي احمد" and "منلا حسن صاحب ومالك ١١٦٩" ; numerous interlinear and marginal comments and corrections throughout.

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In Collection:

Tiflis Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,I, 464 no.4Ḥājjī Khalīfah. Kashf al-ẓunūn,vi 473

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Posted by evyn on March 8, 2010
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Walid Ghali on paragraph 3:

الابهري مولانا زاده

March 29, 2010 2:54 am
Walid Ghali on paragraph 24:

منلا حسن (صاحب ومالك) 1163 هـ

March 29, 2010 2:59 am
Walid Ghali on paragraph 11:

بسملة. وبه نستعين باسمك اللهم يا … الحمد والثناء يا ذا العظمة والكبرياء ويا منشئ الأجسام المختلفة الطباع

March 29, 2010 3:04 am
H. Mottaghi on paragraph 3:

احمد بن محمود هروي مشهور به ملازاده خرزباني
kharzbani Heravi

March 7, 2012 2:32 pm

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