Isl. Ms. 140


[Marāḥ al-arwāḥ ... etc.,17th century?].[مراح الارواح ... الخ,القرن 17م؟].


Ibn Masʻūd, Aḥmad ibn ʻAlī,13th cent.ابن مسعود، احمد بن علي.

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111 leaves :paper ;157 x 93 (117 x 49) 157 x 95 mm.


Short collection of grammatical works on Arabic morphology including Ibn Masʻūd's Marāḥ al-arwāḥ and Taṣrīf al-Zanjānī, along with the anonymous Kitāb al-Maqṣūd, Kitāb al-Bināʼ, and Mithāl al-amthilah al-mukhtalifah.

Other Title(s):

عزيʻIzzīمثال الامثلة المختلفةMithāl al-amthilah al-mukhtalifahمقصود في التصريفMaqṣūd fī al-taṣrīfBināʼ al-afʻāl.بناء الافعال.


Arabic language--Grammar--Early works to 1800.
Arabic language--Morphology--Early works to 1800.
Arabic language--Verb--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.




Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloguer.


"قال المفتقر الى الله الودود احمد بن علي ابن مسعود غفر الله له ولوالديه واحسن اليهما واليه اعلم ان الصرف ام العلوم والنحو ابوها ..."


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1. p.4-p.90 : [Marāḥ al-arwāḥ] / Aḥmad ibn ʻAlī Ibn Masʻūd.
2. p.93-p.129 : Kitāb al-ʻIzzī / ʻAbd al-Wahhāb ibn Ibrāhīm al-Zanjānī.
3. p.130-p.131 : [originally left blank, now carries excerpts, etc.].
4. p.132-p.169 : [Kitāb al-Maqṣūd fī al-taṣrīf].
5. p.170-p.171 : [originally left blank].
6. p.172-p.191 : [Bināʼ al-afʻāl].
6. p.192-p.193 : [originally left blank, now carries excerpts, exercises, etc.].
7. p.194-p.225 : Mithāl al-amthilah al-mukhtalifah.
8. p.226-p.228 : [originally left blank, now carries excerpts, exercises, owners' marks, etc.].

Physical Details:

i, 10 V(100), IV+3 (111), i ; chiefly quinions ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization.


Written in 13 and roughly 7 lines per page ; written area of third work divided to three columns with verbs appearing in the two outer columns and elucidation on the diagonal in the center column ; frame-ruled.


Large, bold naskh-nastaʻlīq ; sans serif ; characteristic descent of words to baseline ; sweeping descenders and elongated horizontal strokes.


Keywords, some titles, section headings, and some glosses rubricated ; textual dividers in the form of red discs ; written area of incipit page surrounded by gold frame, written area elsewhere surrounded by red rule-border.


European laid paper with 9 laid lines per cm. (horizontal) and chain lines spaced 28 mm. apart ; watermarks include triple mount with bird in profile in circle (compare Piccard no.153741 and 153742) ; well-sized and burnished ; much staining.


Pasteboards covered in marbled paper (blue and salmon) with spine, fore-edge flap and edges/turn-ins in dark red leather ; Type II binding (with flap) ; board linings in laid paper ; sewn in pink thread, two stations ; in poor condition with much abrasion, lifting and losses of paper and leather, delamination of boards, pest damage, etc.

Accompanying Materials:

Slips with notes and exercises inserted (paginated pp.91-92 and pp.199-200).

Former Shelfmarks:

British Museum, London "No. 70. Grammatical works by Abu Suud, al-Zanjani, & Ibn Jinni." ; "٦٣٣" on tail of textblock.


Lacks dated colophon. Dated ownership statements provided a terminus ante quem of 1778 [Jumādá I 1191 and Muḥarram 1192] though paper certainly suggests 17th century.

Ownership and History:

Bookplate of British Museum, London on interior of upper cover, "British Museum, London. No. 70. Grammatical works by Abu Suud, al-Zanjani, & Ibn Jinni." ; circular waqf-seal impression in black ink appears on ’title page’ (p.3) and several places throughout, reads: "هذا وقف الراجي فيض الصمدي الشيخ احمد ضيا الدين ابن مصطفى الخالدي فمن بدله بعد ما سمعه فانما اثمه على الذين يبدلونه" ; numerous ownership statements and seal impressions on p.3, p.93, p.171 and pp.225-228, particularly in the name of one Mustafa Efendi ; dated statements appear on p.225 "ما شاء الله سلطان سليم كتابت [كتاب؟] مصطفى افندى اوستاذ احمد افندى بدروس ... جا سنه ۱۱٩١" and on p.227 "... في ۱۰ م سنه ۱۱۹۲" ; numerous glosses and marginal corrections.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

04--Zanjānī, ʻAbd al-Wahhāb ibn Ibrāhīm,--fl. 1257.--Taṣrīf al-Zanjānī.
04--زنجاني، عبد الوهاب بن إبراهيم.--تصريف الزنجاني.
عزيʻIzzīمثال الامثلة المختلفةMithāl al-amthilah al-mukhtalifahمقصود في التصريفMaqṣūd fī al-taṣrīfBināʼ al-afʻāl.بناء الافعال.


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Related Works:

Taṣrīf al-Zanjānī.تصريف الزنجاني.

In Collection:

Tiflis Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,II 21Brockelmann, C. GAL,I 283Brockelmann, C. GAL,I 131 ; SI 191

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Posted by evyn on July 12, 2010
Tags: Arabic MSS, Fully Catalogued, Tiflis Collection

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