Isl. Ms. 101


[al-Mukhtār lil-fatwá,1086, i.e. 1675 or 1676].[المختار للفتوى,1086ه، 1675 أو 1676م].


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

Place/Date of Production:

[1675 or 1676].


128 leaves :paper ;205 x 152 (129-139 x 77-85) 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, 102, 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 و [كذا] وفرض الوضوء غسل الوجه واليدين مع المرفقين ومسح ربع الرأس وغسل الرجلين مع الكعبين ..."


"ولا مولى المولى الا عند عدمهم وان كان له موال اعتق [كذا] واعتقهم فهي بطلة [باطلة]"


"Scribal," triangular and rectangular, reads: "تمت الكتاب بعون الله ملك الوهاب [كذا] ... كتبه الفقير ... مذنب محتاج الى غنى رحمة واسعة يوسف بن ولي بن داود غفر الله لهم ولجميع المؤمنين والمؤمنات والاحياء منهم والاموات"


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Physical Details:

12 V(120), IV (128) ; almost exclusively quinions ; catchwords irregularly present and appear occasionally cut off ; in rare instances lacks proper catchwords though last word of final line on the verso of each leaf is usually repeated at the beginning of the first line on the following recto ; ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (skips opening leaf and two pages between pp.249-250).


Written in 11 and 13 lines per page (initially 11 then shifts to 13 lines per page at p.159) ; frame-ruled.


Naskh ; bold Turkish hand ; virtually serifless ; slight effect of tilt to the left ; pointing mainly in distinct dots ; fairly compact though with some elongation of horizontal strokes and occasional sweeping descenders ; even more compact from around p.159 ; especially heavy line for horizontal strokes ; some sections appear to have been provided in a different hand.


Section headings, keywords, and abbreviation symbols often rubricated, some with green or red accents (geometric fill, crosshatch, etc.) , occasionally entirely in green.


European laid paper mainly with 7 laid lines per cm. (vertical) and chain lines spaced 26-28 mm. apart ; watermarks include three crescents (tre lune) and crown star crescent ; thick and burnished.


Pasteboards covered in 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 (especially lower cover), staining, moisture damage, pest damage, etc.

Former Shelfmarks:

British Museum, London "No. 137. Work on law."


As appears in colophon on p.251, copied by Yūsuf ibn Walī ibn Dāwūd (Yusuf Velî Davut) with transcription finished in the year 1086 [1675 or 6].

Ownership and History:

Bookplate of British Museum, London on interior of upper cover, "British Museum, London. No. 137. Work on law." ; circular seal impression with figure of goat/gazelle in purple ink as well as inscription "199" in Western numerals on opening leaf ; 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 السيد عبد الله اديب الشهير بجنت زاده القاضي بمدينة ارضروم في سنة اثنى وستين ومائتين والف" ; also on 'title page' (p.1) dated statement in name of İbrahim Efendi dated Ṣafar 1128 [January-February 1716] ; a few margin corrections and glosses.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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05 Yusuf Velî Davut, fl. 1675 or 6, scribe. 05 يوسف بن ولى بن داوود، 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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