Isl. Ms. 102


[al-Mukhtār lil-fatwá,1089, i.e. 1678 or 1679].[المختار للفتوى,1089ه, 1678 أو 1679م].


Mawṣilī, ʻAbd Allāh ibn Maḥmūd,1202 or 3-1284.موصلي، عبد الله بن محمود.

Place/Date of Production:

[1678 or 1679].


112 leaves :paper ;210 x 158 (139 x 91) mm.


Clear copy of Abū al-Faḍl ʻAbd Allāh ibn Maḥmūd ibn Mawdūd al-Mawṣilī al-Buldajī’s (d.1284) compendium of Ḥanafī legal decisions. This copy lacks the introductory matter but opens directly with Kitāb al-Ṭahārah. See Mich. Isl. Ms. 78, 101, 542 and 543 for other ms. copies of this work.

Other Title(s):



Islamic law--Early works to 1800.
Hanafites--Early works to 1800.
Fatwas--13th century.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.




Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloguer.


"كتاب الطهارة من اراد الصلوة وهو محدث فليتوضأ وفرض الوضوء غسل الوجه واليدين مع المرفقين ومسح ربع الرأس وغسل الرجلين مع الكعبين ..."


"ولا يدخل مولى الموالات ولا مولى المولى الا عند عدمهم وان كان له موالي اعتقوه واعتقهم فهي باطلة"


"Scribal," triangular, reads: "تم تم تم تم الكتاب بعون الملك الوهاب يد عبد الضعيف مصطفى بن علي بن [؟] ابو القاسم غفر الله لهم اجمعين سنة تسع وثمانين والف سنة ۱۰۸۹"


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Physical Details:

11 V(110), I (112) ; chiefly quinions ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization.


Written in 11 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Naskh ; clear Turkish hand ; virtually serifless, though occasional head serif appears on alif of lām alif ligature, forms a loop to resemble numeral ٩ ; slight effect of tilt to the left ; many open counters ; pointing mainly in distinct dots ; some elongation of horizontal strokes and occasional sweeping descenders ; alif following initial kāf often curves up to form closed loop with shaqq of kāf ; in latter quires, a more vertical, compact hand, showing influence of nastaʻlīq with occasional head serifs, rectilinear descenders, slight effect of words descending to baseline.


Occasional use of red ink to accent section headings.


European laid paper of two types ; mainly with 7 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 28 mm. apart (horizontal), three crescents (tre lune) watermark, thick and burnished ; a second type appears in the opening and final quires with 12-13 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 24-40 mm. apart (horizontal), coat of arms watermark with lions flanking cross in shield above two circles, thin but sturdy and well-burnished ; some staining.


Pasteboards covered in once marbled paper (blue, salmon, etc.) with dark brown leather over spine, foreedge flap and edges/turn-ins ; Type III binding (without flap) ; board linings in laid European paper ; sewn in cream thread, two stations ; worked chevron endbands in red and cream, fair condition ; overall in poor condition with severe abrasion, lifting and losses of paper and leather, staining, moisture damage, pest damage, some delamination of boards, some spine slant (slightly cocked), etc.

Former Shelfmarks:

British Museum, London "No. 69. Treatise on law."


As appears in colophon on p.221, copied by Muṣṭafá ibn ʻAlī ibn [?] Abū [sic] al-Qāsim (Mustafa Ali Ebulkasem) with transcription finished in the year 1089 [1678 or 9].

Ownership and History:

Bookplate of British Museum, London on interior of upper cover, "British Museum, London. No. 69. Treatise on law." ; circular seal impression with figure of goat/gazelle in purple ink as well as inscription "344" in Western numerals on 'title page' (p.1) ; on paper (blue-tinted) pasted on ’title page’ (p.1), 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 اليه عز شانه السيد عبد الله اديب الشهير بجنت زاده القاضي بمدينة ارضروم في سنة اثنى وستين ومائتين والف" ; oval seal impression on 'title page' (p.1), virtually illegible ; marginal glosses and corrections.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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05 Mustafa Ali Ebü'l-Kasem, fl. 1678 or 9, scribe. 05 مصطفى بن علي بن ابو القاسم, ناسخ.

Former Owner(s):

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In Collection:

Tiflis Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,I, 382

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

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