Isl. Ms. 51


[Mukhtaṣar Ghunyat al-mutamallī,1113, i.e. 1701].[مختصر غنية المتملي,1113ه, 1701م].


Ḥalabī, Ibrāhīm ibn Muḥammad,d. 1549 or 50.حلبي، ابراهيم بن محمد.

Place/Date of Production:



155 leaves :paper ;218 x 135 (157 x 63) mm. bound to 220 x 140 mm.


Fine copy of al-Ḥalabī's abridgement of his own commentary on the Munyat al-muṣallī by Sadīd al-Dīn Kashgharī, addressing matters of ablution and ritual prayer. Opens with biographical sketch and table of contents on fol.1a-1b (p.1-2).

Other Title(s):

Edge title:حلبيTitle from inscription on front flyleaf:هذا كتاب ابراهيم الحلبي


Prayer--Islam--Early works to 1800.
Purity, Ritual--Islam--Early works to 1800.
Hanafites--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Kashgharī, Sadīd al-Dīn,--13th cent.?--Munyat al-muṣallī wa-ghunyat al-mubtadiʻ.


Headpieces (layout features)18th century.




Ms. codex.
Title suppled by cataloguer.


"الحمد لله الذي جعل العبادة مفتح السعادة ومطمح السيادة وملمح الحسنى والزيادة ... وبعد فيقول العبد المفتقر الى رحمة ربه الغني ابراهيم بن محمد بن ابراهيم الحلبي قد كنت شرحت كتاب منية المصلي شرحا وسميته بغنية المتملي لكن رأيت فيه بعض الاطالة التي ربما اوجبت للمبتدئين والقاصرين الملالة فاحببت ان اختصر من فرائد دلائله وازيد في فوائد مسائله تسهيلا للطالبين وتنويلا للراغبين ..."


"لان يلقي الله تعالى ومهرها في ذمتها خير له من ان يطأ امرأة لا تصلي قال الله تعالى وامر اهلك بالصلوة واصطبر عليها لا نسألك رزقا نحن نرزقك والعقابة للتقوى ونسأل الله تعالى حسن العقابة ... وله الحمد اولا واخرا وباطنا وظاهرا وسرا وعلانية على كل حال وصلى الله على سيدنا محمد واله وصحبه وسلم دائما متصلا الى يوم الحشر والمآب"


"Scribal," rectangular, reads: "هذه النسخة قوبلت ثم كتبت من نسخة الشيخ سلطان علي القارئ عليه رحمة الباري الحمد لله الذي بنعمته تتم الصالحات وتنزل البركات وقد وقع الفراغ من تحرير هذا الكتاب يوم الاربعاء في اول رجب من سنة ثلث عشرة ومائة والف على يد عبد الفقير المحتاج الى غفران ربه القدير علي بن مصطفى الامام في جامع ابو الفتح سلطان محمد خان في قلقه بوغازكن [؟] غفر الله له ولوالديه ولكل المسلمين والمسلمات والمؤمنين والمؤمنات اجمعين"


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Physical Details:

ii, III (6), I+1 (9), IV (17), V+1 (28), 9 V(118), III+2 (126), VI (138), I+1 (141), 2 II (149), III (155), ii ; chiefly quinions ; final leaf left blank ; catchwords present ; foliation in red ink, Hindu-Arabic numerals, begins with ٥ on page facing incipit page and ends with ۱٥٧ ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes some flyleaves and insert).


Written in 25 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Naskh ; elegant Ottoman hand ; occasional left sloping head-serifs on alif ; slight effect of tilt to the left ; many open counters ; bar of kāf (shaqq) elongated in somewhat exaggerated fashion ; many descenders majmūʻah ; fol.132-fol.141 (pp.264-282) supplied in different hand, also an elegant Ottoman naskh, quite rounded and freely ligatured.


Illuminated headpiece (ʻunwān) on fol.2b (p.4), badly stained and obscured, consisting of rectangular piece surmounted by w-shaped piece ; rectangular piece (in gold with blue border) now empty ; w-shaped piece carries floral vegetal design in white, lavender, pink, orange, and green on a field of gold, surmounted by vertical stalks (tīgh) in blue with red accents, and surrounded by well in red with white cross and dot pattern ; written area surrounded by frame consisting of gold band with black fillets ; keywords, section headings, and notabilia (side-heads) rubricated ; overlining in red of text being commented upon ; textual divders in the form of red discs, three dots, etc.


European laid paper with 14 laid lines per cm. (vertical) and chain lines spaced 20-23 mm. apart (horizontal) ; watermark of grapes with band and crown above ; fol.132-fol.141 (pp.264-282) supplied on different European paper, very highly burnished to glossy with 11 laid lines per cm. (vertical) and chain lines spaced 28-30 mm. apart (horizontal).


Pasteboards covered in dark brown leather, envelope flap in deep maroon leather and repairs in various other leathers ; Type II binding (with flap) ; pastedowns and flyleaves in pink surface-tinted and gold or silver flecked (?) paper ; interior of fore edge flap in red leather ; upper and lower covers carry blind-stamped and red and gold-painted scalloped central mandorla filled with floral vegetal composition, along with roll border in a series of s-shaped stamps ; sewn in dark blue or black thread, two stations ; endbands virtually gone, only traces of primaries and core remain for each ; in poor condition with much staining, abrasion, lifting of leathers, minor pest damage, some spine slant (cocked), upper cover detaching, etc.

Accompanying Materials:

Bifolium (including the 'title page' and incipit page) from a ms. copy of Imāmʹzādah's Shirʻat al-Islām slipped inside the lower cover (paginated pp.315-318).

Former Shelfmarks:

British Museum, London "No. 94. Ghunyat al-mutamalli." ; likely former shelfmark in black ink, Hindu-Arabic numerals, on head edge of textblock, quite illegible.


As appears in colophon on fol.154 (p.308), copied by ʻAlī ibn Muṣṭafá, imām at what appears to be the mosque of Fatih Sultan Mehmet (Mehmed II) in Istanbul (where al-Ḥalabī had himself been imām years earlier). Transcription finished in the first part of Rajab 1113 [December 1701]. Collated with and transcribed from the copy of al-Shaykh Sulṭān ʻAlī al-Qāriʼ.

Ownership and History:

Bookplate of British Museum, London on interior of upper cover, "British Museum, London. No. 94. Ghunyat al-mutamalli." ; circular seal impression with figure of goat/gazelle in purple ink as well as inscription "138" in Western numerals on front flyleaf ; on blue-tinted paper pasted on fol.2a (p.3) (as well as repeated beside pasted slip), a detailed waqf statement in the name of al-Sayyid ʻAbd Allāh Adīb (Abdullah Edip), known as Jannatʹzādah (Cennet-zade), qāḍī of Erzurum, accompanied by his seal, reads: "وقفت وقفا صحيحا شرعيا بشرط ان لا يخرج من بيت الكتب الملتصق بداري الا لعلماء سكنوا بارضروم بكفيل مرعى اورهن قوي وانا الفقير السيد عبد الله اديب الشهير بجنت زاده القاضي بمدينة ارضروم في سنة اثنى وستين ومائتين والف" along with occasional inscription "وقف جنت زاده" in inner or outer margins of text (see fol.18a/p.35, etc.) ; numerous notabilia (side-heads) throughout, often rubricated ; occasional marginal corrections and glosses.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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05 ʻAlī ibn Muṣṭafá, fl.1701, scribe. 05 علي بن مصطفى، ناسخ.

Former Owner(s):

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In Collection:

Tiflis Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,SI, 659-660

Posted by evyn on April 16, 2010
Tags: Arabic MSS, Fully Catalogued, Tiflis Collection

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