Isl. Ms. 15


Kitāb Zubdat al-ʻirfān,[early 19th century?].كتاب زبدة العرفان,[اواخر القرن 19م؟].


Bālawī, Ḥamīd ibn ʻAbd al-Fattāḥ,18th cent.بالوي, حميد بن عبد الفتاح

Place/Date of Production:



158 leaves :paper ;159 x 107 (95 x 54) mm.


Fine copy of the work on the ten readings of the Qurʼan as collected by the author from various sources.

Other Title(s):

Zubdat al-ʻirfān fī wujūh al-Qurʼānزبدة العرفان في وجوه القرآن


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




Ms. codex.
Title from 'headpiece' on fol.1b (p.2).


"الحمد لله الذي جعلنا من القارئين الذين هم قرؤا القرآن بصحيح الروايات ... اما بعد فيقول الفقير الى رحمة الله الغني حامد ابن الحاج عبد الفتاح البالوى لما قرأت القرآن العظيم من اوله الى اخره ختمة كاملة بالقراآت المتواترة للائمة العشرة ..."


"ولو وقف عليه الهمزة [؟] كان الوقف على هزوا في البقرة لا تبديل لكلمات الله انه السميع العليم ... وبجاه من احببته وبعثته"


"Scribal" [?], triangular, reads: " قد وقع الفراغ من تسويد هذه [كذا] الكتاب [؟] المتين يتأبدوا هب القوى والنعم المسنين بديع الشكل عديم المثال كثير النفع قليل المقال في مدينة توقات بمدرسة خاتونية صانها الله عن المصائب الدينية والدنيوية ويسر الختم تمت الكتاب"


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Physical Details:

15 V (150), IV (158), i ; chiefly quinions ; fol.23a (p.45) left blank, but with what appears to be no text missing ; final two folios unruled, carry related extratextual material in same hand as main text ; catchwords present (last word of final line repeated on the recto of the following leaf) ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (skips two pages between pp.221-223 and includes final flyleaf).


Written in 11 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Naskh ; bold Turkish hand, written in a thick, heavy line ; virtually serifless ; mainly closed counters ; pointing in two dots appears as a line or inverted caret ; slight effect of tilt to the left ; alif lām of definite article occasionally assimilated ; compact, adhereing to baseline though occasionally letters in final words of a line are superscript.


Crude 'headpiece' on fol.1b (p.2) consisting of semi-circular outlines in red with vertical stalks in black and title in red ; red rule-border surroundes the written area ; text rubricated with headings, keywords, sigla and other abbreviations, overlining, etc. in red.


European laid paper in perhaps a few different types ; main type is smooth, well-burnished and fairly crisp with a yellowish tint, roughly 10-12 laid lines per cm. (horizontal) and chain lines evenly spaced 26 mm. apart (vertical) ; watermarks include grapes, names (difficult to make out) and crown ; latter type is slightly thicker and whiter in color with laid lines spaced roughly 13 per cm. (horizontal) and chain lines spaced 25 mm. apart (vertical) ; main watermark appears to be a type of scrollwork with three hats ; staining, ink smudges (occasionally obscuring text see fol.130b/p.260), and hole burned in fol.128b (p.256).


Pasteboards covered in orange brown leather ; Type III binding (without flap) ; board linings in laid paper (under leather turn-ins) ; upper and lower cover carry simple design of incised fillets marking a border, cornerpieces and centerline ; sewn in rose colored thread, two stations ; worked chevron endbands in green and cream ; in fair condition with some abrasion, staining, lifting and shrinkage of leather, moisture damage, etc.

Former Shelfmarks:

British Museum, London "No. 154. Zubdat al-kuran."


Lacks dated colophon ; paper suggests late 18th or early 19th century. Colophon on fol.156a-156b (p.309-310) indicates text was copied in the city of Tūqāt in the Khātūnīyah madrasah.

Ownership and History:

Bookplate of British Museum, London on upper cover,"British Museum, London. No. 154. Zubdat al-kuran." ; circular seal impression with figure of goat/gazelle in purple ink as well as inscription "449" in Western numerals on fol.1a (p.1) ; on fol.1a (p.1) ownership statement accompanied by circular seal impression "السيد عبد الغفور شكرى [؟] ۱۲٦٧", statement reads "تملكه الفقير الى رحمة ربه القدير [عبد؟] الغفور بن محمد سعيد ... زاده" ; a few other seal impressions on fol.1a (p.1), one circular and quite illegible and the other octagonal with "عبد الكريم السيد" and below it in black ink "الارزنجانى" ; occasional glosses ; a few marginal corrections ; notabilia (side-heads) with sūrah headings.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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05 ʻAbd al-Ghafūr Shukrī, fl. 1850, scribe. 05 عبد الغفور شكري، ناسخ.

Former Owner(s):

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In Collection:

Tiflis Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,II 440

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Posted by evyn on July 26, 2010
Tags: Arabic MSS, Fully Catalogued, Tiflis Collection

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