Isl. Ms. 7


Anwār al-tanzīl wa-asrār al-taʼwīl,[1177, i.e. 1764]أنوار التنزيل وأسرار التأويل,[1177ه، 1764م]


Bayḍāwī, ʻAbd Allāh ibn ʻUmar,d. 1286?بيضاوي، عبد الله بن عمر

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584 leaves :paper ;247 x 165 (172 x 90) bound to 246 x 165-175 mm.


Fine copy of al-Bayḍāwī's celebrated commentary on the Qurʼān. Table of contents, listing of commentaries upon the work, and biographical sketch for the author included at opening.

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Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Koran--Commentaries--Early works to 1800.


Headpieces (layout features)18th century.




Ms. codex.
Title from authorial colophon.
Cololphon: "Authorial," rectangular, reads: "قال المصنف ... قد اتفق اتمام تعليق سواد هذا الكتاب المنطوي على فرائد قواعد ذوي الاباب ... الموسوم بانوار التنزيل واسرار التأويل وهو سبحانه حقيق بان يحقق الرجا" ; "Scribal," rectangular then triangular, reads: "الحمد لله الذي وقفنا بخدمة كتابه المبين ... قد من الله تبارك وتعالى باتمام هذا الكتاب المستطاب بيد الفقير الى رحمة ربه العليم وشفاعة نبيه الكريم حسبي سليمان بن احمد بن حسن الارزنجاني ... بمدينة ارزنجان حماها الله ... في اواسط رجب المبارك لسنة سبع وسبعين ومائة والف ... اعننا الله فيما يحبه ويرضاه لا اله الا الله محمد رسول الله"


"الحمد لله الذي نزل الفرقان على عبده ليكون للعالمين نذيرا ... وبعد فان اعظم العلوم مقدارا وارفعها شرفا ومنارا علم التفسير الذي هو رئيس العلوم الدينية ورأسها ومبنى قواعد الشرع واساسها ..."


"من الجنة والناس بيان للوسواس او الذي او متعقلق يتوسوس اي يوسوس في صدورهم من جهة الجن والناس وقيل بيان للناس على ان المراد به ما يعم القبيلتين ... فكانما قرأ الكتب التي انزلها الله تعالى"


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Physical Details:

ii, V+1 (11), 4 V(51), V+1 (62), V (72), IV+1 (81), 22 V(301), VI (313), 12 V (433), V+1 (444), 14 V (584), iv ; chiefly quinions ; catchwords present ; foliation in black ink, Hindu-Arabic numerals, begins with first folio of text proper, continues with numerous mistakes (e.g. skips ۸۲, repeats ۲۳۷ then skips a leaf, etc.) ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes flyleaves and inserts, skips two pages between pp.493-494 and between pp.529-530, drops from p.899 to p.890).


Written in 27 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Naskh ; elegant Turkish or Persian hand ; partially seriffed with right-sloping (nearly horizontal) head-serif appearing often on lām of definite article ; rounded though adhering to baseline (apart from occasional superscripting) ; very slightest effect of tilt to the left.


Fine illuminated headpiece (ʻunwān) on fol.1b (p.10) consisting of rectangular piece surmounted by semi-circular piece (dome) ; rectangular piece (surrounded by interlace border in lavender) carries empty gold cartouche flanked by floral vegetal accents in gold on fields of blue; semi-circular piece (set in a well of interlace in blue and black) contains floral motifs in gold and red on fields of blue, bordered in gold, red and blue and surmounted by vertical stalks (tīgh) in blue with red accents ; written area (and margin) of incipit and facing page outlined in gold frame, thereafter written area bordered in red rule-border ; text rubricated with keywords, overlining, sigla other abbreviations, etc. in red.


European laid paper in at least two types ; the first type with roughly 9 laid lines per cm. (horizontal) and chain lines spaced 26-28 mm. apart (vertical), watermarks include grapes with initials and crown and "P P [?]" countermark ; a second type with roughly 13 laid lines per cm. (vertical) and chain lines spaced 22 mm. apart (horizontal), watermarks include lion rampant in scrollwork with crown above ; thin, crisp and fairly transluscent, though sturdy.


Pasteboards covered in deep red-brown leather ; Type II binding (with flap) ; doublures and interior of flap in brown leather ; upper and lower covers bear large, blind-stamped, scalloped mandorla with symmetrical vegetal composition (compare Déroche class. OSd 9) ; upper and lower doublures carry gold-painted outline of scalloped mandorla with pendants ; along with gold-painted roll border consisting of a series of s-shaped stamps ; sewn in dark blue thread, two stations ; fine chevron endbands in yellow and blue ; in fair condition with some abrasion, staining, ill-fitting flap, etc.

Accompanying Materials:

Roughly ten inserted slips, most carrying glosses, some tipped in, all paginated (see pp.17-18, pp.49-50, pp.51-52, pp.107-108, pp.523-534, pp.885-886, pp.893-894, pp.895-896, pp.1151-1152, pp.1163-1164).

Former Shelfmarks:

British Museum, London "No. 49. Anwar al-tanzil." ; possible former shelfmark on tail of textblock.


As appears in colophon on p.1178, copied by Ḥasbī Sulaymān ibn Aḥmad ibn Ḥasan al-Arzanjānī in Erzincan. Transcription finished mid-Rajab 1177 H [January 1764 M].

Ownership and History:

Bookplate of British Museum, London on inner front cover, "British Museum, London. No. 49. Anwar al-tanzil." ; circular seal impression with figure of goat/gazelle in purple ink as well as inscription "236" in Western numerals on front flyleaf (p.1) ; on p.1178, circular waqf-seal reads "وقف هذا الكتاب كتبخانه مير حاجى على راشد ارزنجانى" ; numerous glosses.

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05 Ḥasbī Sulaymān ibn Aḥmad ibn Ḥasan al-Arzanjānī, fl. 1764, scribe. 05 حسبى سليمان بن احمد بن حسن الارزنجانى، ناسخ.

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In Collection:

Tiflis Collection.

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Posted by evyn on April 19, 2010
Tags: Arabic MSS, Fully Catalogued, Tiflis Collection

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