Isl. Ms. 48


[Majmūʻat aḥzāb wa-adʻiyah,19th century].[مجموعة أحزاب وأدعية,القرن 19م].

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150 leaves :paper ;180 x 120 (106-111 x 59) mm. bound to 180 x 127 mm.


Fine copy of a collection (majmūʻah / mecmua) of assorted prayers, invocations and verses (including aḥzāb, awrād, adʻiyah, munājāt and qaṣāʼid) with detailed contents listing at opening (pp.4-7) corresponding to pagination in Hindu-Arabic numerals.

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Islam--Prayers and devotions--Early works to 1800.
Sufism--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.




Ms. codex.
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Physical Details:

i, II (4), 2 VIII (36), IV (44), V+V+III (70), 2 V(90), IV (98), VI (110), 4 V(150), i ; quinion and ternion inserted in fifth quire ; final two leaves left blank ; catchwords present ; pagination in black ink, Hindu-Arabic numerals ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes flyleaves).


Written mainly in 9, 11, and 13 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Naskh ; elegant Ottoman hand ; partially seriffed with right-sloping head serifs on lām of definite article, etc. ; effect of slight tilt to the left ; pointing in distinct dots ; mainly open counters ; graceful curvilinear descenders ; fully vocalized ; text on inserted quinion and ternion (in quire 5, pp.99-130) supplied in a different hand.


Titles, section headings, keywords, abbreivation symbols and some marginalia (mainly notabilia/side-heads) rubricated.


European wove paper ; thin (though sturdy) and well-burnished.


Pasteboards covered in brown leather ; Type II binding (with flap) ; pastedowns and flyleaves in a lime green surface-tinted wove paper ; upper and lower covers bear gold-stamped central panel, cornerpieces, and border (mainly rosettes and leaves) ; sewn in black thread (inserted quinion and ternion sewn in white thread), two stations ; overall in fair condition with some abrasion, staining, negative draw in upper cover and flap, etc.

Former Shelfmarks:

British Museum, London "No. 36. Collection of prayers." ; "۲۷۱" on tail of textblock.


Lacks dated colophon ; paper suggests 19th century.

Ownership and History:

Bookplate of British Museum, London on interior of upper cover, "British Museum, London. No. 36. Collection of prayers." ; circular seal impression with figure of goat/gazelle in purple ink as well as inscription "431" in Western numerals on front flyleaf (p.1) and back flyleaf (p.304) ; circular waqf-seal impression in black ink appears with contents listing on 'title page' (p.11) 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" ; occasional glosses and marginal corrections ; seal of Solomon inscription (with greatest name of God / al-Ism al-Aʻẓam) appears in margin of p.210 accompanying text of al-Juljulūtīyah ; magic square employing the symbols of the seal of solomon appears on p.216.

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In Collection:

Tiflis Collection.

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Posted by evyn on August 9, 2010
Tags: Arabic MSS, Fully Catalogued, Tiflis Collection

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