Isl. Ms. 95


Kanz al-daqāʼq,[late 14th or 15th century].كنز الدقائق,[اواخر القرن 14م أو القرن 15م].


Nasafī, ʻAbd Allāh ibn Aḥmad,d. 1310..نسفي، عبد الله بن احمد

Place/Date of Production:

[13-- or 14--].


94 leaves :paper ;245 x 175 (149 x 105) mm. bound to 245 x 183 mm.


Extensively annotated copy of the important treatise of Ḥanafī fiqh, a synopsis of the author's own Kitāb al-Wāfī, modelled on the Hidāyah of ʻAlī ibn Abī Bakr al-Marghīnānī (d. 1196 or 7), followed by exerpts.

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Islamic law--Early works to 1800.
Hanafites--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.




Ms. codex.
Title from opening (p.6).


"الحمد لله الذي أعز العلم في الاعصار وأعلى حزبه في الامصار ... قال مولانا ... ابو البركات عبد الله بن احمد بن محمود النسفي ... رايت الهمم المائلة الى المختصرات ... واردت ان الخص الوافي ... فشرعت فيه بعد التماس طائفة من اعنان الافاضل ... وسميته بكنز الدقائق ..."


"ثم اقسم المبلغ على التصحيح ومن صالح من الورثة على شيء فاجعل كان لم يكن واقسم على سهام من بقي ما بقي"


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Physical Details:

i, III+1 (7), 2 III(19), I(21), 6 V(81), VI-1 (92), 2 (94) ; chiefly quinions ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes vast number of inserts).


Written in 15 lines per page ; excerpts of final leaves in 21 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Naskh ; Syrian or Turkish hand ; virtually serifless ; large and clear, quite rounded, with open and closed counters, occasional slight effect of tilt to the left and swooping descenders, section headings in bold thuluth ; two additional hands supply the text of the exerpts (from p.272 to p.278) ; the first of these (see p.272-274) similar but more compact, with many closed counters, swooping descenders, etc. ; the final (see p.275-278) more compact, in a heavier line and with fewer swooping descenders ; pointing in main hand and final hand utilizes inverted caret for two dots ; in second hand inverted caret or distinct dots for two dots, and inverted comma for three dots ; marginalia in numerous other hands.


Abbreviations rubricated throughout ; overlining in red throughout ; keywords, section headings and abbreviations rubricated in excerpts ; written area of final excerpt (p.275-278) surrounded by rule-border in two fillets.


non-European laid paper with extremely faint laid and chain lines, very difficult to examine ; numerous repairs ; added leaf with table of contents in European laid paper.


Pasteboards covered in laid paper with brown leather over spine, fore-edge and edges/turn-ins ; Type II binding (with flap) ; board linings in laid paper ; sewn in pink thread, two stations ; worked endbands in red and green (headband) and in red and cream (tailband) ; in poor condition with significant abrasion, staining, lifting and losses of leather, delamination of boards, moisture damage, etc.

Accompanying Materials:

Vast number of slips bearing notes, virtually all tipped in (paginated pp.7-8, pp.11-12, etc.).

Former Shelfmarks:

British Museum, London. "No. 123. Kanz al-dakaik."


Lacks dated colophon ; likely late 14th or 15th century.

Ownership and History:

Bookplate of British Museum, London on interior of upper cover,"British Museum, London. No. 123. Kanz al-dakaik." ; circular seal impression with figure of goat/gazelle in purple ink as well as inscription "140" in Western numerals on front flyleaf (p.1) ; on paper pasted on ’title page’ (p.5), 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 الذي بنيته في اتصال داري بكفيل مرعى اورهن قوي وانا الفقير السيد عبد الله اديب الشهير بجنت زاده القاضي بمدينة ارضروم في سنة اثنى وستين ومائتين والف" ; extensive marginal and interlinear glosses and corrections.

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In Collection:

Tiflis Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,II, 196 (1/III)

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

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