Isl. Ms. 54


al-Ḥirz al-thamīn lil-Ḥiṣn al-ḥaṣīn,[18th century?].الحرز الثمين للحصن الحصين,[القرن 18م].


Qārī al-Harawī, ʻAlī ibn Sulṭān Muḥammad,d. 1605 or 6قاري الهروي، علي بن سلطان محمد.

Place/Date of Production:



190 leaves :paper ;227 x 163 (117 x 111) mm. bound to 230 x 175 mm.


Elegant though much damaged copy of al-Qārī al-Harawī's commentary al-Ḥirz al-thamīn on al-Jazarī's al-Ḥiṣn al-Ḥaṣīn, a devotional work.

Other Title(s):

Title from inscription on fol.1a (p.1):حصن الحصين شرح علي القاري


Islam--Prayers and devotions--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Ibn al-Jazarī, Muḥammad ibn Muḥammad,--1350-1429.--Ḥiṣn al-ḥaṣīn min kalām Sayyid al-mursalīn.




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


"الحمد لله الذي جعل ذكره حصنا حصينا من كل باب ودعاه حرز امينا للثواب ... اما بعد فيقول [افقر] عباد الله الغني واحوجهم الى كرمه الوفي ولطفه الحفي علي بن سلطان محمد الهروي ... ان هذا شرح متوسط غير مخل ولا ممل للطالبين على كتاب الحصن [الحصين لشيخ] القراء والمحدثين ... الشيخ محمد بن محمد الجزري ... برد الله مضجعه وافاض علينا من مدده ... [سميته الحرز] الثمين للحصن الحصين حيث يبين ضبظ مبانيه ..."


"والحمد لله اولا واخرا وباطنا وظاهرا وصلاته وفي نسخة على سيند الخلق وفي نسخة واشرفهم محمد وعلى اله وصحبه وسلام اي سلام الله تعالى كذلك عليه وعليهم انتهى"


"Authorial," rectangular, reads: "وانتهى فراغ تحرير هذا الشرح وتنميقه بعون الله تعالى وتوفيقه بمكة المشرفة قبالة القبلة المعظمة في النصف الاخير من جمادى الاخرى من شهور عام همان بعد الالف من الهجرة النبوية على صاحبها الاف صلاة والوف تحية والحمد لله الذي بنعمته تتم الصالحات ... ويرحم الله عبدا قال امينا"


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Physical Details:

15 VI (180), V (190) ; chiefly sexternions ; last two leaves left blank ; catchwords present ; foliation in Hindu-Arabic numerals (off) ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (mistakenly skips from p.171 to p.180).


Written in 27 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Naskh ; elegant Ottoman hand (?) ; frequent right-sloping head-serifs ; effect of tilt to the left ; many closed counters ; many descenders quite rounded (majmūʻah) ; point of final nūn often assimilated with bowl ; occasional superscripting at end of line.


Keywords rubricated ; text being commented upon overlined in red ; occasional textual dividers in the form of red discs.


European laid paper with 11 laid lines per cm. (vertical) and chain lines spaced 21-22 mm. apart ; watermark of grapes with banner and crown above ; lightly burnished.


Pasteboards covered in dark brown leather ; Type II binding (with flap) ; board linings in paper ; upper and lower covers carrying blind-stamped scalloped mandorla with recessed paper onlay, filled with floral vegetal composition, along with blind-stamped rosette accents and border in incised fillets ; sewn in cream thread, mainly two stations, alternately sewn from two central stations through location where primaries would be sewn ; endbands entirely gone ; in poor condition with sever moisture damage, shrinkage, staining, abrasion, ill-fitting flap (small) ; assorted repairs.

Accompanying Materials:

Various inserts, mainly scraps with little to no writing but also a folded document (paginated pp.5-6, pp.67-68/the document, pp.253-254, and pp.273-274).

Former Shelfmarks:

British Museum, London "No. 14. Hisn al-hasin." ; on tail of textblock "٣٦" ; on interior of upper cover and fol.1a (p.1) "١٩".


Lacks dated scribal colophon. Paper may suggest 18th century.

Ownership and History:

Bookplate of British Museum, London on lower cover, "British Museum, London. No. 14. Hisn al-hasin." ; circular seal impression with figure of goat/gazelle in purple ink as well as inscription "407" in Western numerals on fol.1a (p.1) ; circular waqf-seal impression in black ink appears on fol.1a (p.1) 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 marginal corrections and glosses in hand of copyist.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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Former Owner(s):

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In Collection:

Tiflis Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GALII 203

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

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