Isl. Ms. 29


al-Ṣaḥāʼif al-ilāhīyah,[15th century?].الصحائف الالهية,[القرن 15م؟].


Samarqandī, Muḥammad ibn Ashraf,13th cent.سمرقندي، محمد بن اشرف.

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84 leaves :paper ;206 x 120 (150 x 80) mm. bound to 208 x 123 mm.


Fine copy of the treatise on theological matters by Shams al-Dīn Muḥammad ibn Ashraf al-Samarqandī (d.1303?).

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Islam--Doctrines--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.




Ms. codex.
Title provided by cataloguer.


"الحمد لله الذي استحق الوجود والوحدة بالذات ... اما بعد فان العلوم وان تنوع افسامها وتفرع انقسامها لكن اشرفها مرتبة واعلاها منزلة هو العلم الآلهي ... فدعاني هذه المعاني تصنيف كتاب ... وسيته بالصحائف الآلهية ورتبته على مقصدين الاول في المبادي والثاني في المسائل ... واسوهبت من الله تعالى الهام الحق وافهام الصدق انه عليم بالصواب واليه المرجع والمآب ..."


"يكون امامة كل من الخلفاء الاربعة حقا هذا ما عندي والله اعلم بجميع السرائر. خاتمة الكتاب ايها الراغب الى تحقيق الحق ... والثاني الشوق الى الحق ذلك فضل الله يؤتيه من يشاء والله واسع عليم والحمد لله رب العالمين والصلى الله على نبينا محمد خير البرية وعترته الطيبين تم تم تم"


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Physical Details:

i, VI-1+1 (12), 5 VI(72), VI-11 (73), III+2 (81), I+1 (84), i ; chiefly sexternions ; final leaf left blank ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes flyleaves and inserts, skips two pages between pp.171-172).


Written in 21-29 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Naskh ; two main hands ; bulk of the text in a Turkish (?) hand, virtually serifless, rounded, freely ligatured, with slight tilt to the left, mainly closed counters, some sweeping descenders ; replacement leaves at opening and close in a Persian hand, approaching nastaʻlīq, serifless, with mainly closed counters, effect of tilt to the right and words descending to baseline, extended in the horiztonal ; glosses in more angular Persianate hand.


Text rubricated with keywords, section headings, overlining, sigla and other abbreviations in red.


non-European paper, extremely fibrous, likely laid but any laid and chain lines are extremely diffuse and difficult to see ; repairs in European paper ; replacement leaves at opening and close in a variety of papers - European laid, European wove, and non-European ; flyleaves and some replacement leaves in European laid paper with "E A D" mark visible.


Pasteboards covered in marbled paper (blue, green and pink) with spine, fore-edge and edges/turn-ins in red leather ; Type II binding (with flap) ; pastedowns and flyleaves in yellow European laid paper ; sewn in white thread, two stations (primaries in rose) ; fine worked endbands in blue-green and yellow ; in fair condition with some abrasion, staining, etc.

Accompanying Materials:

Two blank slips (paginated pp.101-102 and pp.109-110).

Former Shelfmarks:

British Museum, London "No. 93. Al-Akaid." ; "٣۹۷" on tail of textblock.


Lacks dated colophon. Paper may suggest late 15th century. Replacement leaves very likely date from early 19th century. Perhaps signature of glossator on p.152 "تم هذا [...؟] على يدي المذنب اليه ... محمد بن الحاج علي في سلخ ... [؟]".

Ownership and History:

Bookplate of British Museum, London on inner front cover,"British Museum, London. No. 93. Al-Akaid." ; circular seal impression with figure of goat/gazelle in purple ink as well as inscription "377" in Western numerals on front flyleaf (p.1) ; circular waqf-seal impression in black ink appears on fol.1a (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 marginal and interlinear glosses and corrections.

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In Collection:

Tiflis Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,I, 468

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

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