Isl. Ms. 26


Şerh-i Masabih-i şerif,[early 17th century?].شرح مصابيح شريف,[اوائل القرن 17م؟].


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91 leaves :paper ;299 x 212 (236 x 139) mm.


Acephelous copy of a commentary on Mishkāt al-Maṣābīḥ, the arrangement by Walī al-Dīn al-Khaṭīb al-Tibrīzī (fl.1337) upon al-Baghawī's (d.1117?) extensive collection of traditions sorted by subject matter. Excerpts from several other commentaries on Mishkāt al-Maṣābīḥ are provided in the margins, including the Mirqāt al-mafātīḥ of al-Qārī al-Harawī (d.1605 or 6). Opens in Kitāb al-ṣalāh and ends in Kitāb al-buyūʻ, though the partial fihrist which has been provided extends further.

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Hadith--Criticism, interpretation, etc.--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Khaṭīb al-Tibrīzī, Muḥammad ibn ʻAbd Allāh,--fl. 1337.--Mishkāt al-Maṣābīḥ.
Baghawī, al-Ḥusayn ibn Masʻūd,--d. 1117?--Maṣābīḥ al-sunnah.




Ms. codex.
Title from inscription on front flyleaf.


"والزكوة على ذلك ان ترك شيئا من المفروض تكمل في التطوع ..."


" وهذا الكلام وفي بعض النسخ كلاهما على بناء الفاعل اي اعطي هو بها اكثر مما اعطي هو بها ويجوز ان يكون الاول على بناء الفاعل والثاني على بناء"


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Physical Details:

vi, V-9 (1), 10 V(91), ii ; chiefly quinions ; acephelous with roughly 89 leaves missing from the head of the text ; also ends abruptly ; foliation in black ink, Hindu-Arabic numerals (mistakenly skips ١١١) ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes some flyleaves).


Written in 33 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Naskh ; clear Turkish (?) hand ; virtually serifless, though occasional head-serifs appear indiscriminately ; very slight effect of tilt to the left ; open and closed counters ; free assimilation of letters such as rāʼ with final hāʼ also point of final nūn often assimilated with bowl.


Written surrounded by red rule-border ; text rubricated with section headings, keywords, overlining, sigla and other abbreviations, etc. in red.


European laid paper with 7-8 laid lines per cm. and chain lines (vertical) space roughly 30 mm. apart ; watermark crown with star and crescent above (compare Heawood 1132) ; countermark difficult to make out, includes trefoil.


Pasteboards covered in European laid paper with red-brown leather over spine and turn-ins ; Type II binding (with flap, though now lost) ; board linings in yellow laid paper ; sewn in yellow thread, four stations ; endbands virtually gone, only traces remain ; in poor condition with much staining, abrasion, holes in spine, spine lining exposed, etc.

Former Shelfmarks:

British Museum, London "No. 128. Commentary on Masabih."


Lacks dated colophon ; paper would suggest early 17th century. Inscription on front flyleaf would indicate that the commentary was copied by Shaykh al-Qurrāʼ Shaʻbān Afandī. Whether he also authored the text is unclear.

Ownership and History:

Bookplate of British Museum, London on inner front cover,"British Museum, London. No. 128. Commentary on Masabih." ; circular seal impression with figure of goat/gazelle in purple ink as well as inscription "36" in Western numerals on front flyleaf ; on p.29 and elsewhere throughout, a circular waqf-seal impression in the name of Çorlulu Damat Ali Paşa, Ottoman grand vizier 1706-1710 who founded a library in the complex he comissioned at Çarşıkapı (in Istanbul) in 1708-9, reads: "هذا مما وقفه الوزير الاعظم علي باشا ابن الحاج محمد اغا عفي الله عنهما سنة ١١٢٠" ; numerous marginal corrections, glosses (including those taken from al-Qārī al-Harawī's commentary), and notabilia (side-heads).

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

05--Qārī al-Harawī, ʻAlī ibn Sulṭān Muḥammad,--d. 1605 or 6.--Mirqāt al-mafātīḥ.
05--قاري الهروي، علي بن سلطان محمد.--مرقاة المفاتيح.


06 Şaban Efendi, scribe. 06 شعبان افندى، ناسخ.

Former Owner(s):

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In Collection:

Tiflis Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,I, 363 (6/1) ; SI, 620 (6/1)

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

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