Isl. Ms. 24


al-Shifāʼ al-sharīf,[1231, i.e. 1815 or 1816].الشفاء الشريف,[1231ه, 1815 أو 1816م].


ʻIyāḍ ibn Mūsá,1083-1149.عياض بن موسى

Place/Date of Production:

[1816 or 1816].


240 leaves :paper ;222 x 155 (150 x 85) mm. bound to 223 x 155-165 mm.


Fine copy of the treatise on devotional obligations towards the Prophet.

Other Title(s):

Shifāʼ bi-taʻrīf ḥuqūq al-Muṣṭafáشفاء بتعريف حقوق المصطفىEdge title:شفاء


Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Muḥammad,--Prophet,--d. 632--Biography--Early works to 1800.
Muḥammad,--Prophet,--d. 632--Prayers and devotions--Early works to 1800.


Headpieces (layout features)19th century.




Ms. codex.
Title from colophon on fol.240b (p.480).


"رب يسر ولا تعسر رب تمم بالخير قال الفقيه القاضي الامام ابو الفضل عياض بن موسى بن عياض اليحصبي رضي الله عنه الحمد لله المتفرد باسمه الاسمى المختص بالملك الاعز الاحمى الذي ليس دونه منتهى ولا وراءه مرمى ... اما بعد اشرق الله قلبي وقلبك بانوار اليقين ولطف لي ولك بما لطف به لاوليائه المتقين ..."


"فهو الجواد الذي لا يخيب من امله ولا ينتصر من خذله ولا يرد دعوة القاصدين ولا يصلح عمل المفسدين وهو حسبنا ونعم الوكيل"


"Scribal," semi-triangular, reads: "تمت الكتاب الشفاء الشريف سنة احدى وثلاثين ومائتين والف"


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Physical Details:

i, 24 V(240), ii ; chiefly quinions ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes back flyleaves).


Written in 21 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Naskh ; elegant Ottoman Turkish hand ; partially seriffed with right-sloping head serifs appearing regularly on lām ; effect of slight tilt to the left ; closed and open counters ; pointing in distinct dots ; free assimilation of certain letters including rāʼ with following letter, final hāʼ with preceding rāʼ or dāl, etc. ; partially vocalized.


Fine illuminated headpiece (ʻunwān) on fol.1b (p.1) consisting of rectangular piece surmounted by semi-circular (dome) piece ; rectangular piece carries empty cartouche defined by flanking floral vegetal accents in blue and pink on fields of gold ; scalloped semi-circular piece is filled with floral vegetal pattern in blue, pink and gold on field of gold, outlined in red and blue, and surmounted by vertical stalks (tīgh) in blue with red and gold accents ; headpiece is set in a well of pink, red and gold bands ; written area of incipit and facing page bordered in frame consisting of a heavy gold band with narrower gold bands setting off text ; elsewhere written area (and margin) surrounded by red rule-border ; occasional textual dividers in the form of gold discs ; text rubricated with section headings, keywords, overlining, etc. in red.


European laid paper with 13 laid lines per cm. (vertical) and chain lines spaced 31 mm. apart (horizontal) ; crisp and only lightly burnished ; watermarks include lion rampant in shield or scrollwork and "C E W" ; moisture damage, staining and smudging ; front flyleaf has partially adhered to upper board.


Pasteboards covered in dark red leather ; Type II binding (with flap) ; pastedowns and flyleaves in a blue-green tinted laid paper ; upper and lower covers bear large stamped and gold-painted scalloped mandorla with vegetal composition (compare Déroche class. OAi 6) and pendants ; sewn in rose-colored (pink) and yellow thread, two stations ; in fair condition with significant staining, some abrasion, repairs in a variety of red and black leathers, lifting and detaching of leather (especially edges/turn-ins), paper label affixed to lower cover, some spine slant (cocked), etc.

Former Shelfmarks:

British Museum, London "No. 11. Al-Shifa al-sharif."


As appears in colophon on fol.240b (p.480) transcription finished 1231 H [1815 or 1816 M]. No other details on copyist or place of transcription provided.

Ownership and History:

Bookplate of British Museum, London on lower cover,"British Museum, London. No. 11. Al-Shifa al-sharif." ; circular seal impression with figure of goat/gazelle in purple ink as well as inscription "259" in Western numerals on fol.1a (p.1) ; also on fol.1a (p.1) faint circular waqf-seal impression in blue ink (and on fol.240b/p.480) "وقف هذا الكتاب المرحوم المغفور الحاج عزت باشا [؟]"; owners' or sellers' mark on back flyleaf (p.482) "جز ۲٤" ; occasional marginal corrections.

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Former Owner(s):

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In Collection:

Tiflis Collection.

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

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