Isl. Ms. 57


[Īḍāḥ fī sharḥ al-Iṣlāḥ fī al-fiqh al-Ḥanafī,late 16th or early 17th century?].[ايضاح في شرح الاصلاح في الفقه الحنفي,اواخر القرن 16م أو اوائل القرن 17م؟].


Kemalpaşazade,1468 or 9-1534.كمال باشازاده.

Place/Date of Production:

[15-- or 16--?].


304 leavespaper ;198 x 150 (145 x 81) mm. bound to 198 x 160 mm.


Clear copy of the author's own commentary on his Iṣlāḥ al-Wiqāyah, corrections to the commentary by Ṣadr al-Sharīʻah al-Aṣghar ʻUbayd Allāh ibn Masʻūd al-Maḥbūbī on the work of his grandfather Burhān al-Sharīʻah Maḥmūd ibn Ṣadr al-Sharīʻah al-Awwal, Wiqāyat al-riwāyah. Preceded by table of contents.

Other Title(s):

Title from fore-edge flap label:اصلاح ايضاح لابن الكمالTitle from inscription on p.1:ايضاح اصلاح لابن كمال الوزير


Hanafites--Early works to 1800.
Islamic law--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Maḥbūbī, ʻUbayd Allāh ibn Masʻūd,--d. 1346 or 7.--Sharḥ al-Wiqāyah.
Kemalpaşazade,--1468 or 9-1534.--Iṣlāḥ al-Wiqāyah.




Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloguer.


"احمده على الهداية والوقاية في البداية والنهاية واشكره على ما انعم علي من التوفيق والعناية ... اما بعد فغير خاف على ذوي البصائر اي المختصر الموسوم بالوقاية ... وسميت المتن بالاصلاح تضمنه اصلاح ما في الوقاية من الذلل والشرح بالايضاح لاشتماله على ايضاح ما في الشرح المذكور من الخلل ..."


"وانما قال في الاختيار لانه يحل اكل الميتة في الاضطرار والله اعلم بالصواب واله المرجع والمآب تم"


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Physical Details:

i, V-1 (9), 16 V(169), IV (177), 8 V(257), IV (265), 3 V(295), V-1 (304) ; chiefly quinions ; no catchwords present, but last word of final line on the verso of each leaf repeated at first of initial line on following recto ; foliation in black ink, Hindu-Arabic numerals (begins with ۱ on incipit page, p.4) ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals (supplied during digitization, includes flyleaves and inserts, mistakenly repeats two pages (skips from p.243 to p.242 and continues), mistakenly skips two pages between pp.447-448).


Written in 19 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Naskh with influence of nastaʻlīq ; at least two Turkish (possibly Persian) hands ; initial hand sans serif with effect of tilt to the right and of words descending to baseline, often exaggerated contrast in thickness of horizontal and vertical strokes ; second hand (from p.183 to close) similar though line is certainly thinner ; kāf mashkūlah preferred with bar (shaqq) appearing on even final kāf ; mainly closed counters ; ligature for kāf followed by alif, with alif curving up to meet the bar of the kāf (shaqq) forming a closed loop.


Section headings rubricated ; text being commented upon overlined in red ; written area surrounded by red rule-border (opening through p.197).


European laid paper with 9-10 laid lines per cm. (vertical) and chain lines spaced roughly 32 mm. apart ; anchor in circle watermark (compare Heawood 7).


Pasteboards covered in dark brown leather ; Type II binding (with flap) ; board linings in laid paper, hinges in marbled paper (red, orange, blue, etc.) ; upper and lower covers bear blind-stamped scalloped mandorla with vegetal composition (compare Déroche class. OSd 8), along with frame in series of s-shaped stamps flanked by blind-tooled fillets ; sewn in red thread, two stations ; chevron endbands in black and red, fair condition ; in quite poor condition with much abrasion, moisture damage, cracking and lifting of leather, losses to fore-edge flap, delamination of boards, envelop flap detaching from fore-edge flap, etc. ; repairs in various leathers and paper.

Accompanying Materials:

A few scraps of paper carrying glosses, etc. (paginated pp.139-140, pp.235-236, pp.265-266) ; very small scrap between pp.268-269 carries former owner's mark and seal impression.

Former Shelfmarks:

British Museum, London "No. 12. Al-Islah, with commentary."


Lacks dated colophon. Paper would suggest late 16th or early 17th century.

Ownership and History:

Bookplate of British Museum, London on upper cover, "British Museum, London. No. 12. Al-Islah, with commentary." ; circular seal impression with figure of goat/gazelle in purple ink as well as inscription "324" in Western numerals on opening leaf (p.1) ; on blue-tinted paper pasted on 'title page' (p.3), a detailed waqf statement in the name of al-Sayyid ʻAbd Allāh Adīb (Abdullah Edip), known as Jannatʹzādah (Cennet-zade), qāḍī of Erzurum, accompanied by his seal, reads: "وقفت وقفا صحيحا شرعيا على ان لا يخرج من بيت الكتب الملتصق بداري الا لعلماء سكنوا بارضروم بكفيل مرعى اورهن قوي وانا الفقير السيد عبد الله اديب الشهير بجنت زاده القاضي بمدينة ارضروم في سنة اثنى وستين ومائتين والف" ; marginal and interlinear corrections and glosses ; numerous notabilia (side-heads) throughout ; former owner's mark and octagonal seal impression on scrap between pp.268-269 ; effaced ownership statement on p.612.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

05--Kemalpaşazade,--1468 or 9-1534.--Iṣlāḥ al-Wiqāyah.
05--كمال باشازاده،--1468 أو 9-1534.--إصلاح الوقاية.


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Former Owner(s):

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In Collection:

Tiflis Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GALII, 449-451 ; I 376-378 ; SI 646

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Posted by evyn on August 16, 2010
Tags: Arabic MSS, Fully Catalogued, Tiflis Collection

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