Isl. Ms. 99


Mukhtaṣar al-Sharāʼiʻ al-musammá bi-al-Nāfiʻ,[917, i.e. 1511].مختصر الشرائع المسمى بالنافع,[917ه, 1511م].


Muḥaqqiq al-Ḥillī, Jaʻfar ibn al-Ḥasan,1205 or 6-1277.محقق الحلي، جعفر بن الحسن.

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145 leaves :paper ;210 x 155 (150 x 95) mm.


Fine copy of the author's abridgment of his Sharāʼiʻ al-Islām, the authoritative manual of Shīʻah law.

Other Title(s):

Mukhtaṣar al-nāfiʻمختصر النافعTitle from fore-edge flap:Kitāb-i Nāfiʻكتاب نافع


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




Ms. codex.
Title from 'title page' fol.1a (p.1).


"الحمد الله الذي صغرت في عظمته عبادة العابدين و حصرت عن شكر نعمته السنة الحامدين و قصرت عن وصف كماله افكلر العالمين ... و صلى الله على اكرم المرسلين و سيد الاولين والاخرين محمد خاتم النبيين ... اما بعد فاني مورد لك هذا المختصر خلاصة المذهب المعتبر بالفاظ محبرة وعبارة [عبارات] محررة تظفرك بنخبه وتوصلك الى شعبه ..."


"الثالثة لا تعقل العقلة بهيمة ولا اتلاف مال ويختص ضمانها بالجناية على الادمي حسب فهذا اخر ما اردنا ذكره وقصدنا حصره مختصرين مطوله [فراغ] ونسأل الله سبحانه ان يجعلنا ممن شكر عمله وغفر زلله وجعل الجنة منقله ومنتقله انه يجيب من سأله ولا يخسر من امله وصلى على سيدنا محمد النبي واله وسلم تسليما كثيرا"


"Scribal," rectangular, reads: "تم الكتاب بعون الله تع و حسن توفيقه ... فرغ من تحريره افقر عباد الله تع و احوجهم الى رحمته و رضوانه محمد بن فلاح بن علي بن فلاح يوم الخامس من شهر صفر ختم بالخير و الظفر من شهورسنة سبع عشرة و تسعماية هجرية ... و الحمد لله وحده صلى الله على محمد و اله الطاهرين"


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Physical Details:

III+1 (7), 12 IV (103), 2 III+1 (117), 3 IV (141), II (145) ; chiefly quaternions ; top three lines of fol.107a (p.213) left blank ; final leaf originally left blank ; lacks catchwords ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization.


Written in 18 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Naskh ; two Persian or Turkish hands ; first hand virtually sans serif (though occasional right-sloping head-serifs on lām, alif, etc., perhaps inadvertantly) with generally open counters, dots rather than strokes for pointing, slight effect of tilt to the left ; p.185 on supplied in second hand, sans serif, effect of tilt to the right, free assimilation of letters such as rāʼ and final hāʼ, heavier line ; partially vocalized ; several hands for marginal and interlinear glosses.


Text rubricated with chapter and section headings, overlining, etc. in red.


European laid paper with roughly 10 laid lines per cm. (vertical) and chain lines (horizontal) spaced roughly 30 mm. apart ; only lightly burnished ; thick and creamy ; watermark of bull's head with eyes and above it a rod consisting of one line with a flower above that (compare Piccard inventory J340, no. 64743, Lechtenberg, 1492) ; loose folia at end, partially detatched pages at beginning ; water damage throughout but does not impact legibility.


Pasteboards (recycled paper) originally covered with reddish brown goat skin, spine and fore-edge flap repaired with lighter brown leather, now darker with age ; Type II binding (with flap) ; upper and lower covers carry gorgeous blind-tooled almond-shaped ornament (mandorla) with band and geometric infilling set off by rosette stamps (compare Weisweiler 89-95) as well as tooled rule borders and rosette accents ; sewn in two sewing stations, dark green thread, broken at head and tail ; endbands in maroon and white, partially intact at head and tail ; in poor condition ; leather has shrunk significantly with text-block protruding ; bottom of spine partially detatched ; top endband missing, bottom partially gone ; severe abrasion on all corners ; pasteboards delaminating ; spine partially detached from back cover ; fore-edge flap is stitched to back cover at hinge (sewn mend).

Former Shelfmarks:

British Museum, London "No. 140, Al-Nafi."


As appears in colophon on fol.144a (p.287), copied by Muḥammad ibn Fallāḥ ibn ʻAlī ibn Fallāḥ. Transcription finished ("faragha min taḥrīrih...") 5 Ṣafar 917 H [May 1511 M].

Ownership and History:

Bookplate of British Museum, London on inner front cover,"British Museum, London. No. 140, Al-Nafi." ; circular seal impression with figure of goat/gazelle in purple ink as well as inscription "144" in Western numerals on fol.1a (p.1) ; on paper (blue-tinted) pasted on fol.1a (p.1), 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 على ان لا يخرج من بيت الكتب الملتصق بداري الا لعلماء سكنوا بارضروم بكفيل مرعى اورهن قوي وانا الفقير اليه عز شانه السيد عبد الله اديب الشهير بجنت زاده القاضي بمدينة ارضروم في سنة اثنى وستين ومائتين والف" ; two ownership statements on fol.1a (p.1), the first reading "قد دخل في سلك ملكي بالمعاملة [؟] الصحيحة وانا الفقير الى الله الغني مصطفى بن احمد افندى في ..." and the second reading "ثم دخل بالارث في ملكي وانا الفقير زين العابدين" ; illegible round stamp in wax or ink repeated on interior of back cover ; two ownership statements follow the colophon on fol.144a (p.287) "و كان مالكه العبد الفقير المحتاج الى رحمتة الله تع الشيخ عبد الحسين ابن نصر الله الوزيري غفر الله له و لوالديه و لمن قرا و ترحم ثم تملكته من ملك اسمعيل الارهاني و هو تلميذي و انا الحقير مصطفى بن احمد افندي ابن يعقوب الوعظ والناصح تم" ; two birth notices dated 955 H (1548 or 9 M) and 21st [?] Shawwāl 966 H (July 1559 M) appear on fol.145b (p.290) ; marginal and interlinear glosses ; collation marks "بلغ" appear occasionally in top left margin.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

05--Muḥaqqiq al-Ḥillī, Jaʻfar ibn al-Ḥasan,--1205 or 6-1277.--Sharāʼiʻ al-Islām--Abridgment.
05--محقق الحلي، جعفر بن الحسن،--1205 or 6-1277.--شرائع الاسلام--مختصر.


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Former Owner(s):

06 Wazīrī, ʻAbd al-Ḥusayn ibn Naṣr Allāh, former owner. 07 Muṣṭafá ibn Aḥmad Afandī, former owner. 06 وزيري، عبد الحسين بن نصر الله، مالك سابق. 07 مصطفى بن احمد افندي، مالك سابق.

Related Works:

Sharāʼiʻ al-Islāmشرائع الاسلام

In Collection:

Tiflis Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,I 406 ; S I 711

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Posted by evyn on April 19, 2010
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H. Mottaghi on paragraph 8:

shi’a is ismaili, zeydi and imami this mss for shi’a imami, this is very important, becouse mybe some researcher search about ismaili text some of them for zedi text and one of them for imamimya text …

March 2, 2012 6:18 pm

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