Isl. Ms. 155


[Majmūʻat rasāʼil,1103 to 1107, i.e. 1691 to 1696].[مجموعة رسائل,1103ه الى 1107ه، 1691م الى 1696م].

Place/Date of Production:

[1691 to 1696].


100 leaves :paper ;215 x 150 (145-169 x 67-103) mm. bound to 215 x 153 mm.


Careful copy of a collection of works on prayer and Ḥanafī fiqh.

Other Title(s):

معدل الصلوة شرح المقدمة التلويحTalwīḥ ʻalá al-Tawḍīḥتلويح على التوضيح


Prayer--Islam--Early works to 1800.
Islam--Customs and practices--Early works to 1800.
Islam--Doctrines--Early works to 1800.
Hanafites--Early works to 1800.
Islamic law--Interpretation and construction--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Abū Ḥanīfah,--d. 767 or 8.--Fiqh al-akbar.
Maḥbūbī, ʻUbayd Allāh ibn Masʻūd,--d. 1346 or 7.--Tawḍīḥ fī ḥall ghawāmid al-Tanqīḥ.
Maḥbūbī, ʻUbayd Allāh ibn Masʻūd,--d. 1346 or 7.--Tanqīḥ al-uṣūl.




Ms. composite codex.
Title supplied by cataloguer.


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1. p.1-p.2 : [blank].
2. p.3 : [assorted excerpts and waqf statement].
3. p.4-p.25 : Muʻaddil al-ṣalāh / Birgivî Mehmet Efendi.
4. p.26-p.77 : [al-Muqaddimah fī al-ṣalāh] / Abū al-Layth al-Samarqandī.
5. p.78-p.85 : [assorted excerpts, partly blank].
6. p.86-p.112 : Sharḥ al-Fiqh al-akbar / Abū al-Muntahá Aḥmad ibn Muḥammad al-Maghnīsāwī.
7. p.113-p.115 : [blank].
8. p.116-p.200 : al-Talwīḥ ʻalá al-Tawḍīḥ [incomplete] / Saʻd al-Dīn Masʻūd ibn ʻUmar al-Taftāzānī.

Physical Details:

i, 4 IV(32), IV+1 (41), IV (49), III+1 (56), 4 V(96), II (100) ; mainly quaternions and quinions ; catchwords present in al-Talwīḥ, elsewhere proper catchwords lacking but last word of final line on the verso of each leaf is usually repeated at the beginning of the first line on the following recto ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes front flyleaf).


Written in 19, 21 and 23 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Naskh ; several Turkish hands, some showing greater influence of nastaʻlīq ; first two works supplied in a clear Turkish hand, virtually serifless, effect of tilt to the left, mainly closed counters, final yāʼ and alif maqṣūrah often mardūdah, pointing in distinct dots ; third work supplied in a rounded hand, virtually serifless, freely ligatured, with pointing in curved lines and inverted caret and 'bowl' of final nūn forming a complete circle around its dot ; final work supplied in still a different hand, mainly serifless (though with occasional head serifs on lām and alif), mainly closed counters, effect of tilt to the left, slight effect of words descending to baseline ; several other hands suppliying glosses and excerpts.


Keywords, abbreviation symbols and some vocalization rubricated ; occasional overlining in red.


European laid paper of around three types ; first two works supplied on a European laid paper with 11 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 22-23 mm. apart (horizontal), watermark in crown above bar carrying initials with studded diamond shape below, thin and transluscent though sturdy, and well-burnished ; Sharḥ al-Fiqh al-akbar supplied on a European laid paper with 10 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 26 mm. apart (horizontal), coat of arms watermark with two lions flanking cross in shield above two circles, well-burnished, and thin but sturdy ; final work, al-Talwīḥ supplied on two types of European laid paper with 8-9 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 28-30 mm. apart (horizontal), sturdy and well-burnished, one type with three hats watermark (top hat), other type with three hats watermark (hat with brim and feather).


Pasteboards (very thin) covered in block-stamped paper with brown leather over spine and edges/turn-ins ; Type III binding (without flap) ; board linings in laid paper ; sewn in dark blue thread, two stations ; worked endbands in pink and yellow, poor condition ; overall in poor condition with significant abrasion, staining, some lifting and losses of paper and leather, delamination of boards, moisture damage, etc. ; housed in envelope.

Former Shelfmarks:

British Museum, London "No. 160. Tracts on law & religion."


As appears in colophon on p.25, Muʻaddil al-ṣalāh copied by ʻAbd Allāh ibn Aḥmad ibn Muḥammad ibn ʻAlī with transcription finished in 1103 [1691 or 2]. As appears in colophon on p.77, al-Muqaddimah fī al-ṣalāh also copied by ʻAbd Allāh ibn Yār Aḥmad with transcription finished in 1103 [1691 or 2]. As appears in colophon on p.112, transcription of Sharḥ al-Fiqh al-akbar completed in 1107 [1695 or 6]. Final work ends abruptly and lacks dated colophon ; paper suggests late 17th or 18th century.

Ownership and History:

Bookplate of British Museum, London on interior of upper cover, "British Museum, London. No. 160. Tracts on law & religion." ; circular seal impression with figure of goat/gazelle in purple ink as well as inscription "192" in Western numerals on front flyleaf (p.1) ; book loan statement on front flyleaf (p.1) ; on paper (blue-tinted) pasted on 'title page' of opening work (p.3), 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" ; numerous glosses ; occasional marginal corrections.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

04--Birgivî Mehmet Efendi,--ca. 1522-1573.--Muʻaddil al-ṣalāh.
04--بركوى محمد افندى.--معدل الصلاة.
05--Abū al-Layth al-Samarqandī, Naṣr ibn Muḥammad,--d. 983?--Muqaddimah fī al-ṣalāh.
05--ابو الليث السمرقندي، نصر بن محمد.--مقدمة في الصلاة.
06--Maghnīsāwī, Aḥmad ibn Muḥammad,--d. 1591 or 2.--Sharḥ al-Fiqh al-akbar.
06--مغنيساوي، احمد بن محمد.--شرح الفقه الاكبر.
07--Taftāzānī, Masʻūd ibn ʻUmar,--1322-1389?--Talwīḥ ilá kashf ḥaqāʼiq al-Tanqīḥ.--Selections.
07--تفتازاني، مسعود بن عمر.--تلويح الى كشف حقائق التنقيح.--مختارات.
Talwīḥ ʻalá al-Tawḍīḥتلويح على التوضيح


09 ʻAbd Allāh ibn Aḥmad ibn Muḥammad ibn ʻAlī, fl. 1691 or 2, scribe. 09 عبد الله بن احمد بن محمد بن علي. ناسخ.

Former Owner(s):

Unidentified-Can you help supply this information? Please comment!

In Collection:

Tiflis Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,II 440 (no. 9)Brockelmann, C. GAL,I 196Brockelmann, C. GAL,S I 285Brockelmann, C. GAL,II 214-216, no. 15.

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

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