Isl. Ms. 75


al-Talwīḥ ilá kashf ḥaqāʼiq al-Tanqīḥ,[1223, i.e. 1808].التلويح إلى كشف حقائق التنقيح,[1223ه, 1808م].


Taftāzānī, Masʻūd ibn ʻUmar,1322-1389?تفتازاني، مسعود بن عمر.

Place/Date of Production:



346 leaves :paper ;240 x 178 (165 x 71) mm.


Fine copy of al-Taftāzānī’s commentary on al-Tawḍīḥ fī ḥall ghawāmiḍ al-Tanqīḥ, itself a commentary on Tanqīḥ al-uṣūl both by ʻUbayd Allāh ibn Masʻūd al-Maḥbūbī (d. 747/1346), on uṣūl al-fiqh.

Other Title(s):

Edge title (tail):تلويح من الاصول


Islamic law--Interpretation and construction--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Maḥbūbī, ʻUbayd Allāh ibn Masʻūd,---1346 or 1347.--Tanqīḥ al-uṣūl.




Ms. codex.
Title from opening on pp.22-23.
Shelfmark: Ann Arbor, University of Michigan, Special Collections Library, Isl. Ms. 75


"الحمد لله الذي احكم بكتابه اصول الشريعة الغراء... وبعد فان علم الاصول الجامع بين المعقول والمنقول ... ثم جمعت هذا الشرح الموسوم بالتلويح الى كشف حقائق التنقيح مشتملا على تقرير قواعد الفن ... قوله حامدا حال من المستكن ..."


"لسلوك طريق الهدى انه ولي العصمة ومنه الهداية الى سواء الطريق و قد اتفق صبيحة يوم الاثنين التاسع والعشرين من ذي القعدة سنة ثمان وخمسين وسبعمائة فراغ بيان البيان ... والحمد لله على نعمة العظام ومنحة الجسام والصلوة على نبيه محمد صاحب الاعلام ... ما دامت الليالي والايام"


"Scribal," triangular, reads: "قد وقع الفراغ عن تحرير هذا الكتاب بعون الله الملك الوهاب في اليوم الجمعة النصف من رمضان الشريف سنة ثلاث وعشرين بعد المائتين والف من يد الفقير اضعف عباد الله السيد الشيخ محمد المدرس العريف بيكن مفتى زاده احسن الله اليه ... والحمد لله رب العالمين"


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Physical Details:

34 V(340), III (346) ; entirely quinions with final ternion ; catchwords present ; foliation in black ink, Hindu-Arabic numerals ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes inserts).


Written in 23 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Nastaʻlīq (talik) ; elegant Ottoman hand ; characteristically sans serif with effect of words descending to baseline, mainly closed counters, pointing (for two and three dots) in strokes rather than distinct dots.


Keywords, section headings, and occasional notabilia rubricated ; overlining and textual dividers in the form of circles (resembling letter hāʼ or numeral khamsah ٥) in red.


European laid paper with 10 laid lines per cm. and chain lines spaced 24 mm. apart ; watermarks include bird on pedestal with "C B" above and large lion passant ; some sections more heavily burnished than others and having a yellow-green tint.


Pasteboards now faced in marbled paper (blue, yellow, white, etc.) with spine, fore-edge flap, and edges/turn-ins dark brown leather (marbled paper faced, leather edged, framed binding) ; Type II binding (with flap) ; doublures and doublure hinges in brown leather ; evidence of stamped mandorla under marbled paper facing on upper and lower covers ; decorative tooling on edges/turn-ins and fore-edge flap ; envelope flap in black leather with stamped and gold and red painted mandorla and cornerpieces, lined in marbled paper (blue, brown, yellow) ; sewn in yellow thread, two stations ; chevron endbands in dark brown/black and cream, in good condition ; overall in fair condition with some abrasion, staining, lifting of leather, etc. ; several repairs.

Accompanying Materials:

a. Detailed table of contents on unsewn quinion of European wove paper tucked inside upper cover (paginated pp.1-20) -- b. Single bifolium with gloss/excerpt (paginated pp.299-302).

Former Shelfmarks:

British Museum, London "No. 25. Commentary on Tankih al-usul."


As appears in colophon p.714, copied by Muḥammad Yakan Muftīʻzādah (Mehmet Yeğen Muftizade). Transcription finished ("wa-qad waqaʻa al-farāgh ʻan taḥrīr hādhā al-kitāb...") mid-Ramaḍān 1223 [November 1808].

Ownership and History:

Bookplate of British Museum, London on interior of upper cover, "British Museum, London. No. 25. Commentary on Tankih al-usul." ; circular seal impression with figure of goat/gazelle in purple ink as well as inscription "28a" in Western numerals on opening leaf of added table of contents (p.1) and on 'title page' (p.21) ; extensively glossed through p.324 ; occasional marginal corrections ; kabīkaj invocation "يا كبيكج" on 'title page' (p.21).

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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05 Mehmet Yeğen Muftizade, fl.1808, scribe. 05 محمد يكن مفتى زاده، ناسخ.

Former Owner(s):

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Tiflis Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,II, 214 ; 216, no. 15.Ḥājjī Khalīfah. Kashf al-ẓunūn,ii, 444

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

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