Isl. Ms. 109


[ʻIṣām al-Dīn ʻalá al-Waḍʻīyah ... etc.,1113, i.e. 1702].[عصام الدين على الوضعية ... الخ،1113ه, 1702م].


ʻIṣām al-Asfarāyīnī, Ibrāhīm ibn Muḥammad,1468 or 9-1538 or 9.عصام الاسفرايني، ابراهيم بن محمد.

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62 leaves :paper ;213 x 142 (149-155 x 61-85) mm.


Fine copy of three of the principal commentaries on al-Ījī's seminal treatise in ʻilm al-waḍʻ, al-Risālah al-waḍʻīyah, namely that of ʻIṣām al-Dīn al-Isfarāʼinī (d.1537), ʻAlāʼ al-Dīn ʻAlī al-Qūshjī (Ali Kuşçu, d.1474), and ʻAlī ibn Muḥammad al-Jurjānī, al-Sayyid al-Sharīf (d.1413). Followed by a brief anonymous treatise on the same subject.

Other Title(s):

شرح رسالۀ وضعيه لعلى القوشجىشرح سيد الشريف للعضديةRisālah fī al-waḍʻرسالة في الوضع


Arabic philology--Early works to 1800.
Arabic language--Semantics--Early works to 1800.
Language and languages--Philosophy--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Ījī, ʻAḍud al-Dīn ʻAbd al-Raḥmān ibn Aḥmad,--d. 1355?--Risālah al-waḍʻīyah.




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1. p.2-p.68 : ʻIṣām al-Dīn ʻalá al-Waḍʻīyah / ʻIṣām al-Dīn Ibrāhīm ibn Muḥammad al-Isfarāyīnī.
2. p.69 : [originally blank, now carries a listing of the author's works].
3. p.70-71 : [blank].
4. p.72-p.114 : [Sharḥ al-Risālah al-waḍʻīyah] / ʻAlī al-Qūshjī.
5. p.115 : [blank].
6. p.116-p.118 : Sharḥ al-Sayyid al-Sharīf lil-qāḍī ʻAḍud al-Dīn / al-Jurjānī.
7. p.118-p.120 : [Risālah fī al-waḍʻ].
8. p.121-p.126 : [blank].

Physical Details:

2 V(20), IV (28), III (34), V-1 (43), V (53), I+1 (56), III (62) ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes insert).


Written in 15, 21 and 25 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Naskh and naskh-nastaʻlīq ; at least three different hands ; all virtually serifless with elongation of horizontal strokes ; naskh freely ligatured with mainly closed counters, final yāʼ and alif maqṣūrah mardūdah, and pointing in curved lines rather than distinct dots ; naskh-nastaʻlīq shows slight effect of words descending to baseline and letterforms characteristic of nastaʻlīq.


Abbreviation symbols and keywords rubricated ; overlining in red ; text of the sharḥ by ʻAlī al-Qushjī surrounded by frame consisting of a gold band flanked by black fillets.


European laid paper in a few different types ; text of first work on type with 12 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 28 mm. apart (horizontal), and watermark of flower on stem with leaves ; next work on another type with laid lines spaced 7-8 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 28 mm. apart (horizontal), and three crescents watermark ; final works on still another type with 14 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 20 mm. apart (horizontal), and watermark of bar carrying name/initials with grapes ; all types well-burnished.


Pasteboards (very thin, semi-limp) covered in marbled paper (mainly in white and shades of blue) with brown leather over spine and edges/turn-ins ; Type III binding (without flap) ; board linings in European laid paper ; sewn in light pink thread, four and two stations ; overall in fair condition with significant abrasion, lifting and losses of paper and leather, delamination of boards, etc.

Accompanying Materials:

Inserted slip bearing glosses (paginated pp.3-4).

Former Shelfmarks:

British Museum, London "No. 61. Two commentaries on Al-Risalat al-wadiyah."


As appears in colophon on p.114, transcription of the sharḥ by ʻAlī al-Qūshjī completed 3 Dhū al-Ḥijjah 1113 [May 1702] ; paper suggests that other works were copied around the same time, even late 17th century.

Ownership and History:

Bookplate of British Museum, London on interior of upper cover, "British Museum, London. No. 61. Two commentaries on Al-Risalat al-wadiyah." ; circular seal impression with figure of goat/gazelle in purple ink as well as inscription "285" 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 بمدينۀ ارضروم في سنة اثنى وستين ومائتين والف" ; extensive glosses ; occasional marginal corrections.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

Qūshjī, ʻAlī ibn Muḥammad,--d. 1474 or 5--04--Sharḥ al-Risālah al-waḍʻīyah.
04--قوشجي، علي بن محمد.--شرح الرسالة الوضعية.
05--Jurjānī, ʻAlī ibn Muḥammad,--al-Sayyid al-Sharīf,--1340-1413.--Sharḥ al-Sayyid al-Sharīf lil-qāḍī ʻAḍud al-Dīn.
05--جرجاني، علي بن محمد،--السيد الشريف.--شرح السيد الشريف للقاضي عضد الدين.
شرح رسالۀ وضعيه لعلى القوشجىشرح سيد الشريف للعضديةRisālah fī al-waḍʻرسالة في الوضع


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Related Works:

Sharḥ al-Risālah al-waḍʻīyah.شرح الرسالة الوضعية.Sharḥ al-Sayyid al-Sharīf lil-qāḍī ʻAḍud al-Dīn.شرح السيد الشريف للقاضي عضد الدين.

In Collection:

Tiflis Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,II, 208 ; SII, 288

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Posted by evyn on August 16, 2010
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