Isl. Ms. 5 v.2


[al-Jild al-thānī min al-Kashshāf,14th to 15th century?].[الجلد الثاني من الكشاف,القرن 14 الى القرن 15م؟].


Zamakhsharī, Maḥmūd ibn ʻUmar,1075-1144.زمخشري، محمود بن عمر

Place/Date of Production:

[13-- to 14--?].


319 leaves :paper ;240 x 165 (175 x 105) mm. bound to 240 x 170 mm.


An odd second volume of al-Zamakhsharī's celebrated commentary on the Qurʼān treating Sūrat al-Aʻrāf (7) through verse 12 of Sūrat al-Sajdah (32) [see Isl. Ms. 5 v.1 for a first odd volume treating Sūrahs 1-25].

Other Title(s):

Kashshāf.jild 2كشاف.جلد 2Jild al-thānī fī Tafsīr al-Kashshāf awwal Sūrāt al-Aʻrāf ilá ākhir Sūrat Luqmānجلد الثاني في تفسير الكشاف اول سورة الاعراف الى اخر سورة لقمان


Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Koran--Commentaries--Early works to 1800.




Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloguer from spine title.


"سورة الاعراف مكية غير ثمان ايات و[هي قوله ا]سئلهم عن القرية الى [قوله] واذ نتقنا [الجبل فوقهم] وهي مائتان وخمس ايات بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم كتاب خبر مبتدا محذوف اي هو كتاب وانزل اليك صفة له"


"ويجوز ان يخاطب به كل احد كما تقول فلان لئيم ان اكرمته اهانك وان احسنت اليه"


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Physical Details:

i, III (6), 18 V (186), III (192), III+1 (199), 12 V (319), i ; chiefly quinions ; quire numbering in the form of "juzʼ" with an underlined number, appearing at the beginning of the quire ; however, many quires are not marked (perhaps cut off in trimming) and some juzʼ marks do not correspond to the beginning of the quires ; appears to be lacking matter at close where it cuts off abruptly (see catchword) ; fols. 192a-194a (p.383-387) blank and unmarked, Surat Maryam (19) is started on p. 382, but continues for only half a page then restarts on p. 388 ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals with many mistakes, repaginated during cataloguing.


Written in 27-30 lines per page (most often 29) ; frame-ruled with impression of ruling board evident.


Naskh ; two main hands, with fol.235b (p.470) and following supplied in second hand; first a Transoxanian or Persian hand, virtually serifless, with slight effect of words descending to baseline and mainly closed counters ; second a Persian or Turkish hand, quite rounded with mainly closed counters, mainly sans serif but with occasional right sloping head-serif on lām, ṭāʼ, etc. ; headings in larger heavier script approaching tawqīʻ, quite consistent use of the lām alif al-mukhaffafah ; occasionally vocalized.


Text rubricated with occasional headings, overlinings, etc. in red ; ink burn throughout.


non-European (likely Persian and Arab) laid paper ; main type a Persian (?) laid paper, perhaps 14th century with laid lines running horizontally spaced roughly 7-8 laid lines per cm., chain lines as sporadic short lengths or perhaps paired in some leaves, lightly sized and burnished, some sagging of laid lines, many inclusions, and undissolved fibers ; second type (from hand change on) likely Arab laid paper of 15th century with chain lines grouped in threes, 9-10 mm. between the chain lines of each group and roughly 48 mm. between the groups (see fol.304), laid lines running horizontally spaced roughly 8 laid lines per cm., lightly burnished ; front flyleaf/pastedown in European laid paper with laid lines running horizontally spaced 7 laid lines per cm. chain lines running vertically spaced evenly about 28 mm. apart with crown, star, crescent watermark ; back flyleaf/pastedown in European laid paper with laid lines running horizontally spaced roughly 11 laid lines per cm. and watermark with serpent on cross above bull's head with eyes, ears, and horns (compare Heawood, 3784, pl. 508) ; some moisture and insect damage, obstructing text.


Pasteboards covered in European paper over dark brown leather ; Type II binding (with flap, though now missing) ; endbands in yellow and blue ; in fair condition with spine slant (codex severely cocked), abrasions on the edges, front cover partially detached, missing foreedge and envelope flap, and some insect damage.

Accompanying Materials:

Several inserted slips: between fol.68-69 (p.136-7) additional traditions (with rubricated قوله) on European paper -- between fol.109-110 (p.218-9) possible study note written on European paper torn from another ms. -- between fol.189-190 (p.378-9) insert on European paper, different hand/ink, tipped in.

Former Shelfmarks:

British Museum, London "British Museum, London. No. 48. Zamakhshari's Commentary on Kuran VII - XXXII."


Lacks a colophon. Paper would suggest 14th to 15th century.

Ownership and History:

Bookplate of British Museum, London on inner front cover,"British Museum, London. No. 48. Zamakhshari's Commentary on Kuran VII - XXXII." ; circular seal impression with figure of goat/gazelle in purple ink as well as inscription "307" in Western numerals on front flyleaf ; a few ownership statements on front flyleaf including one in the name of Aḥmad al-Khāṭif Khayyāṭīʹzādah ; octagonal seal impression in black ink on front flyleaf, inscription difficult to make out ; on paper (tinted) pasted on fol.1a (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" also inscription in inner margin on fol.138a (p.275) "وقف جنت زاده" ; finger tabs in the form of blue threads serve as bookmarks; collation statement on fol.1a (p.1 / p.3) "عدد اجزا 33" ; marginal corrections.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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Former Owner(s):

06 Aḥmad al-Khāṭif Khayyāṭīʹzādah, former owner. 06 احمد الخاطف خياطى زاده, مالك سابق.

In Collection:

Tiflis Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,I, 290

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

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