Isl. Ms. 479


Faḍā’il al-ramy fī sabīl Allāh,[ca. 569, i.e. 1174].فضائل الرمي في سبيل الله,[في حدود سنة 569ه، 1174م].


Qarrāb, Isḥāq ibn Ibrāhīm,963-1037 or 8.قراب، اسحاق بن ابراهيم.

Place/Date of Production:

[Alexandria?ca. 1174].


6 leaves :paper ;170 x 130 (130 x 100) mm. bound to 175 x 135 mm.


Fine early copy of the ḥadīth on the excellences of archery with 'title page' (fol.1a/p.1) ascription statement (isnād) beginning with the author and numerous transmission notices (samāʻāt and qirāʼāt).

Other Title(s):

Faḍā’il al-ramyفضائل الرمي


Hadith--Texts--Early works to 1800.
Archery--Religious aspects--Islam.
Jihad--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.




Ms. codex.
Title from 'title page' fol.1a (p.1).


"ولا حول ولا قوة الا بالله [العلي العظيم؟] اخبرنا الشيخ الامام الحافظ ابو طاهر احمد بن محمد بن احمد بن محمد بن ابراهيم السلفي [...] ابنا الفقيه ابو عبد الله محمد بن مسعود بن احمد بن شذرة الخطيب [المدني؟] بشهور ستان على مقربة من اصبهان بقرأتي عليه من اصل سماعه في [...] من سنة احدى وتسعين واربع ماية ابنا ابو علي الحسين بن محمد الحسين بن ابي [...] الهروي قرأه عليه بهراة ابنا ابو يعقوب اسحاق بن ابي اسحاق العدل الحافظ ابنا [عبد الله] بن احمد بن حمويه واحمد بن عبد الله بن نعيم قالا ابنا ابو نصر احمد بن محمد بن داسة ثنا [الفضل] بن عبد الله بن عبد الجبار ثنا مالك بن سليمان عن ابراهيم بن طهمان عن محمد بن [زياد] عن ابي هريرة ان رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قال إن الله عز وجل يدخل بالسهم [الواحد] ثلاثة الجنة... "


"قالا ثنا ابو عميرعيسى بن محمد النحاس ثنا ضمرة بن ربيعة عن الاوزاعي عن يحيى بن سعيد عن سعيد بن المسيب عن ابي ثعلبة الخشني عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم انه قال كل ما رد عليك قوسك. اخر الكتاب والحمد لله رب العالمين وصلى الله على رسوله سيدنا المصطفى محمد النبي واله وسلم تسليما وحسبنا الله ونعم الوكيل"


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Physical Details:

i, 3 I(6), i ; perhaps originally a ternion, now repaired to three single bifolia (singulions) ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization.


Written in 17 lines per page.


Naskh ; a casually pointed, unvowelled Syrian hand, freely ligatured ; free-standing alifs somewhat wavy, often ending with a left-foot but generally lacking head-serifs ; swooping descenders ; mainly closed counters ; shaddah occasionally marked ; highly ligatured contraction for اخبرنا appears as ابنا with final alif curving back to reach initial alif.


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non-European (likely Arab) laid paper, quite thick, with 20 horizontal laid lines in 38 mm. ; chain lines very difficult to make out, though at least one pair spaced 10 mm. apart are visible in fol.4 (pp.7-8) ; quite soiled and stained ; several losses and repairs ; some ink burn.


Pasteboards covered in maroon cloth ; Western binding ; pastedowns and flyleaves in blue wove paper ; title gold-stamped on cover ; sewn in heavy white thread, four stations ; covers in excellent condition ; textblock heavily repaired but stable.

Accompanying Materials:

a. Inventory cataloguing slip in hand of Winifred Smeaton Thomas. -- b. Acquisitions slip from Yahuda. -- c. Slip with note on one of the dated audition statements (mistaken date conversion).

Former Shelfmarks:

From inscription on inner front cover and lower cover label, "IL 269a" (likely supplied by Yahuda, see acquisitions slip).


Lengthy audition statement following the text on fol.6a (p.11) indicates that al-Ḥāfiẓ Abū Ṭāhir al-Silafī heard the text as read by its owner ʻAbd al-Ghanī ibn ʻAbd al-Wāḥid al-Maqdisī [al-Jammāʻīlī] in the presence of other auditors in Alexandria during the first 10th of Dhū al-Qaʻdah 569 [June 1174], thus establishing a firm terminus ante quem for the manuscript's transcription. It was likely copied by ʻAbd al-Ghanī al-Maqdisī not long before the audition, possibly also in Alexandria.

Ownership and History:

A few marginal corrections ; several transmission notices (see in particular fol.1a/p.1 and fol.6a/p.11 ; notices on fol.2b-3a/pp.4-5 and fol.6b/p.12 are more difficult to make out).

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

05--Silafī, Aḥmad ibn Muḥammad,--d. 1180.
05--سلفي، احمد بن محمد.


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Former Owner(s):

Yahuda, A. S., former owner. 06 جمائلي، عبد الغني بن عبد الواحد، مالك سابق، ناسخ.

In Collection:

Yahuda Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,I, 365 ; SI, 619Ḥājjī Khalīfah. Kashf al-ẓunūn,i 233

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Posted by evyn on August 4, 2010
Tags: Arabic MSS, Fully Catalogued, Yahuda Collection

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