Isl. Ms. 130


al-Fawāʼid al-shāfiyah ʻalá iʻrāb al-Kāfiyah,[18th or 9th century].الفوائد الشافية على اعراب الكافية,[القرن 18 أو 19م].


Zaynīʹzādah, Ḥusayn ibn Aḥmad,d. 1754 or 5.زيني زادة، حسين بن أحمد.

Place/Date of Production:

[17-- or 18--].


360 leaves :paper ;191 x 120 (127 x 65) mm. bound to 191 x 130 mm.


"Commentary of Zaynī-zādah on Ibn al-Ḥājib's grammar al-Kāfiyah" - from catalog card.

Other Title(s):

Muʻrib al-Kāfiyahمعرب الكافيةTitle from close on p.721:اعراب على كتاب الكافيةEdge title (tail):معرب الكافية


Arabic language--Grammar--Early works to 1800.
Arabic language--Syntax--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Ibn al-Ḥājib, ʻUthmān ibn ʻUmar,--1175-1249.--Kāfiyah.




Ms. codex.
Title from opening (p.3).


"الحمد لله على نعمة الكافية الوافية ومتنه الشافية الصافية ... اما بعد فيقول الراجي من ربه الحسنى والزيادة حسين بن احمد الشهير بزين زاده ... لما كان كتاب الكافية للشيخ ابن الحاجب اوصله الله سبحانه الى اعلى المراتب من احسن ما صنف في علم الاعراب ... حتى سنح لبالي وحضر لروعي ان اكتب كلمات متعلقة ... فاجبت مسؤله وكتبت مأموله وسميته بالفوائد الشافية على اعراب الكافية ..."


"اللهم كما انعمت علينا باعراب هذا الكتاب واتممت نعمتك باتمام على وجه الصواب اجعله رافعيا للعقاب ... يقول الفقير الى الملك العزيز هذا اخر ما اوردناه من الاعراب على كتاب الكافية التي هي للمشكلات الشافية ..."


"Authorial," rectangular, reads: " فلاستراح [كذا] من مكد الانتهاض نقل هذا المعرب من السواد الى البياض العبد الفقير حسين بن احمد الشهير بزين زاده ... قبيل عصر السبت الخامس من ايام رمضان المنتظم في سلك شهور سنة ثمان وستين ومائة والف من هجرة من ارتدى بالعز والشرف ... تمت الكتاب بعون الله الملك الوهاب والحمد لله رب العالمين حسبي الله وكفي"


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Physical Details:

i, 36 V(360), i ; chiefly quinions ; catchwords present ; pagination in black ink, Hindu-Arabic numerals (begins with ۱) ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes inserts).


Written in 17 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Naskh ; fine Ottoman hand ; seriffed with mainly right-sloping head serifs on virtually all vertical shafts, even free-standing alif ; slight effect of tilt to the left ; open and closed counters.


Elegant headpiece (ʻunwān) in red and pink on incipit page (p.2) consisting of rectangular piece carrying the basmalah, surmounted by scalloped semi-circular piece (dome) filled with floral decoration and itself surmounted by vertical stalks (tīgh) ; keywords, section headings, abbreviations, and notabilia (side-heads) rubricated ; overlining and occasional textual dividers in the form of discs in red ; written area surrounded by red rule-border.


European laid paper with 10 laid lines per cm. (horizontal) and chain lines spaced 25 mm. apart (vertical) ; roughly first half of quires well-burnished to glossy ; watermark and/or countermark with name or initials only partially visible.


Pasteboards covered in dark maroon leather ; Type II binding (with flap) ; board linings in yellow laid paper ; flyleaves in orange laid paper ; upper and lower covers bears blind-stamped and gold-painted scalloped mandorla and pendants with floral vegetal composition (compare Déroche class. NSd 7), accompanied by tooled and gold-painted accents and guilloché roll border, design continues on fore-edge flap and envelope flap ; sewn in mauve thread, two stations ; worked endbands in pink and yellow, damaged but intact ; in fair to poor condition with minor abrasion, lifting and losses of leather at spine and fore-edge flap, though upper cover completely is detached and spine is split (textblock held together by headband only) ; housed in box for protection.

Accompanying Materials:

Slips with notes (paginated pp.289-290 and pp.429-430).

Former Shelfmarks:

British Museum, London "No. 42. Commentary on Kafiyah."


Lacks dated scribal colophon ; paper may suggest 18th or 19th century. As appears in authorial colophon on p.722, composition completed 5 Ramaḍān 1168 [June 1755].

Ownership and History:

Bookplate of British Museum, London on interior of upper cover, "British Museum, London. No. 42. Commentary on Kafiyah." ; circular seal impression with figure of goat/gazelle in purple ink as well as inscription "450" in Western numerals on front flyleaf ; book price on verso of front flyleaf ; on ’title page’ (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" ; a few glosses and marginal corrections ; occasional notabilia (side-heads).

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Former Owner(s):

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In Collection:

Tiflis Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,I, 305 no. 29

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

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