Isl. Ms. 157


[Majmūʻat rasāʼil,974, i.e. 1567 and late 16th or early 17th century?].[مجموعة رسائل,974ه، 1567م واواخر القرن 16م أو اوائل القرن 17م؟].

Place/Date of Production:

[1567 to 16--?].


179 leaves :paper ;208 x 153 (155-175 x 99-109) mm.


Composite collection of tracts on legal and religious subjects.

Other Title(s):

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Islam--Doctrines--Early works to 1800.
Hanafites--Early works to 1800.
Arabic language--Rhetoric--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Abū Ḥanīfah,--d. 767 or 8.--Fiqh al-akbar.
Ḥillī, Ṣafī al-Dīn ʻAbd al-ʻAzīz ibn Sarāyā,--b. 1278.--Kāfiyah al-badīʻīyah fī al-madāʼiḥ al-nabawīyah.
Koran--Sūrat Yāsīn--Commentaries.
Koran--Sūrat al-Mulk--Commentaries.




Ms. composite codex.
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1. p.1 : [blank].
2. p.2 : [listing of contents].
3. p.3 : [excerpts].
4. p.4-p.206 : [Sharḥ al-Fiqh al-akbar] / Abū al-Muntahá Aḥmad ibn Muḥammad al-Maghnīsāwī.
5. p.207-p.209 : [mainly blank with a few excerpts].
6. p.210-p.237 : [Tafsīr Sūrat Yāsīn] / al-Ḥanafī [?].
7. p.238-p.255 : [Tafsīr Sūrat al-Mulk] / Kemalpaşazade.
8. p.256-p.324 : [assorted excerpts on various topics (see listing on p.2) from Munyat al-mushtāqīn, Ḥayāt al-qulūb, Munyat al-wāiʻẓīn, etc.] / [Muḥammad Bāqir Majlisī, etc.].
9. p. 325-p.340 : al-Qaṣīdah al-Kāfiyah al-badīʻīyah fī al-madāʼiḥ al-nabawīyah / Ṣafī al-Dīn ʻAbd al-ʻAzīz ibn Sarāyā al-Ḥillī.
10. p.341-p.372 : [al-Natāʼij al-ilāhīyah fī sharḥ al-Kāfiyah al-badīʻīyah] / Ṣafī al-Dīn ʻAbd al-ʻAzīz ibn Sarāyā al-Ḥillī.

Physical Details:

i, 10 V(100), I (102), 2 V+1(124), V-1 (133), VI (145), V (155), 2 V(175), II (179), i ; chiefly quinions ; appears to be a leaf missing between pp.262-263 ; opening work lacks proper catchwords but 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 ; catchwords present in most other works and assorted excerpts ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes flyleaves and inserts).


Written in 19, 20, 21 and 33 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Naskh ; several fine hands ; opening hand virtually serifless with effect of tilt to the left, open and closed counters, very slight effect of words descending to baseline (occasionally more exaggerated) ; al-Kāfiyah al-badīʻīyah supplied in an elegant Persian hand with mainly open counters, tapered, rectilinear descenders, fully vocalized.


Some marginalia and abbreviation symbols rubricated in opening work ; headings and keywords in al-Kāfiyah al-badīʻīyah rubricated ; written area of incipit and facing page for Sharḥ al-Fiqh al-akbar surrounded by frame consisting of heavy gold band outlined by black fillets.


European laid paper of several types ; opening work supplied on a European paper with 11 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 20 mm. apart (horizontal), watermark consisting of cross in shield with letters "AMB" below, well-burnished, thin and transluscent ; works of tafsīr and assorted excerpts on a European paper with 7 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 30 mm. apart (horizontal), crown star (six-pointed) crescent watermark (compare Heawood 1132), thick and burnished ; al-Kāfiyah al-badīʻīyah to end supplied on a European paper with 9 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced roughly 30 mm. apart (horizontal), anchor in circle watermark (six-pointed star above?), very smooth and well-burnished ; minor blocking in some sections due to tacky ink.


Pasteboards covered in very dark brown leather with tan leather over spine and foreedge flap ; Type II binding (with flap) ; pastedowns and flyleaves in laid paper ; upper and lower covers carry blind-stamped scalloped mandorla filled with vegetal composition (compare Deroche class. OSd, similar to OSd 1 or OSd 8) ; sewn in light pink thread, two stations ; worked chevron endbands in yellow and pink, headband half-gone, tailband in fair condition ; overall in poor condition with some abrasion, staining, lifting and losses of leather (especially at foreedge flap), delamination of boards, some shrinkage and negative draw in upper cover, etc. ; repairs in red leather.

Accompanying Materials:

In two works of tafsīr, several inserts carrying notes (paginated pp.235-236, pp.239-240, pp.241-242, pp.245-246, pp.249-250, pp.253-254).

Former Shelfmarks:

British Museum, London "No. 105. Tracts on law & religion."


A dated excerpt [?] at the close of Sharḥ al-Fiqh al-akbar on p.206 may provide a rough terminous post quem of Jumādá I 1047 [September-October 1637], however this may also be a corrupted reading of the date of composition for the commentary transmitted by the copyist. Paper suggests late 16th or very early 17th century. As appears in colophon on p.340, al-Ḥillī's al-Kāfiyah al-badīʻīyah copied by Asad Allāh ibn Darvīsh ʻArab in the town of Jalab [?] with transcription finished 12 Ramaḍān 974 [March 1567].

Ownership and History:

Bookplate of British Museum, London on interior of upper cover, "British Museum, London. No. 105. Tracts on law & religion." ; circular seal impression with figure of goat/gazelle in purple ink as well as inscription "126" in Western numerals on opening leaf (p.1) ; circular waqf-seal impression in black ink also appears on opening leaf (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" ; 'title page' of opening work obscured by pasted-on leaf which covers octagonal seal impression, contents listing, etc. ; occasional marginal glosses, corrections and notabilia (sideheads), many rubricated.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

04--Maghnīsāwī, Aḥmad ibn Muḥammad,--d. 1591 or 2.--Sharḥ al-Fiqh al-akbar.
04--مغنيساوي، احمد بن محمد.--شرح الفقه الاكبر.
05--Kemalpaşazade,--1468 or 9-1534.--Tafsīr Sūrat al-Mulk.
05--ابن كمال باشا، احمد بن سليمان.--تفسير سورة الملك.
Majlisī, Muḥammad Bāqir ibn Muḥammad Taqī,--1627 or 8-ca. 1699--06--Ḥayāt al-qulūb.--Selections.
06--مجلسي، محمد باقر بن محمد تقي.--حياة القلوب.--مختارات.
07--Ḥillī, Ṣafī al-Dīn ʻAbd al-ʻAzīz ibn Sarāyā,--b. 1278.--Kāfiyah al-badīʻīyah fī al-madāʼiḥ al-nabawīyah.
07--حلي، صافي الدين عبد العزيز بن سرايا.--كافية البديعية في المدائح النبوية.
08--Ḥillī, Ṣafī al-Dīn ʻAbd al-ʻAzīz ibn Sarāyā,--b. 1278.--Natāʼij al-ilāhīyah fī sharḥ al-Kāfiyah al-badīʻīyah.
08--حلي، صافي الدين عبد العزيز بن سرايا.--نتائج الالاهية في شرح الكافية البديعية.


09 Asad Allāh ibn Darvīsh ʻArab, fl. 1567, scribe. 09 اسد الله بن درويش عرب، ناسخ.

Former Owner(s):

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In Collection:

Tiflis Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,II 449 ; S II 668Brockelmann, C. GAL,II 411 ; S II 572 ; S II 313Brockelmann, C. GAL,II 159 ; S II 199Brockelmann, C. GAL,I 170 ; S I 285

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

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