Isl. Ms. 85


Jāmiʻ al-rumūz sharḥ Mukhtaṣar al-Wiqāyah,[1071, i.e. 1661].جامع الرموز شرح مختصر الوقاية,[1071ه، 1661م].


Quhustānī, Muḥammad,d. ca. 1546.قهستاني، محمد.

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223 leaves :paper ;295 x 212 (219 x 127) mm.


Fine copy of the commentary on the Nuqāyah of Ṣadr al-Sharīʻah al-Aṣghar ʻUbayd Allāh ibn Masʻūd al-Maḥbūbī, an abridgment of the work of his grandfather Burhān al-Sharīʻah Maḥmūd ibn Ṣadr al-Sharīʻah al-Awwal's treatise on Ḥanafī law entitled Wiqāyat al-riwāyah.

Other Title(s):



Islamic law--Early works to 1800.
Hanafites--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Maḥbūbī, ʻUbayd Allāh ibn Masʻūd,--d. 1346 or 7.--Nuqāyah.




Ms. codex.
Title from inscription accompanying table of contents on added leaf (p.1).


"الحمد لله الذي فضلنا بتعليم اصول مبسوط الجامع الكبير من الاحكام ... اما بعد فلما كان نظم منشور الفتاوى في انفع الامهات وجمع النوازل من اهم المهمات قام بذلك حلال المشكلات ذو التنقيح والتوضيح للمبهمات ... ثم وقفت لسواد جامع الرموز في ستين ونصف من الاعوام ..."


"فانه فكر مسائل الاخرين والمعتقل والغنم المذبوحة في اخر الكتاب ثم نبه على ما اختاره مما هو المعول عليه في الباب فهذا اوان فراغي ... فانك اكرم الاكرمين وارحم الراحمين والحمد لله رب العالمين"


"Scribal," triangular, reads: "على يد العبد الفقير المعترف بالعجز والتقصير افقر الخليقة ابراهيم بن مصطفى بن [...؟] اواخر شوال سنة احدى وسبعين والف من الهجرة النبوية على مهاجرها افضل الصلوة واتم التسليم ... امين"


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Physical Details:

VI+1 (13), 9 V(103), 2 IV (119), 10 V(219), II (223) ; chiefly quinions ; catchwords present ; foliation in black ink, Hindu-Arabic numerals (begins with ۱ on 'title page' (p.15) ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes inserts).


Written in 27 lines per page ; frame-ruled (impression of ruling board evident).


Naskh ; small Turkish or Persian hand ; occasional right-sloping head serif on alif, lām, etc. ; slight effect of tilt to the left ; kāf mashkūlah (mashqūqah) preferred ; mainly closed counters ; occasional effect of words descending to baseline.


Keywords and section headings rubricated ; some overlining and textual dividers in the form of inverted commas in red.


European laid paper with 7 laid lines per cm. (horizontal) and chain lines spaced 26-27 mm. (vertical) ; watermark of crown, with star and crescent above (compare Heawood 1132) ; well-burnished ; much staining, some losses.


Pasteboards covered in combed marbled paper (blue, pink, salmon, yellow, etc.) with spine and edges/turn-ins in red-brown leather ; Type III binding (without flap) ; board linings in laid paper ; sewn in light brown thread, two stations ; in very poor condition with much abrasion, water and pest damage, lifting and losses of leather, delamination and losses of boards, etc. ; housed in box for protection.

Accompanying Materials:

Portion of a leaf from another manuscript (paginated pp.367-368).

Former Shelfmarks:

British Museum, London "No. 55. Jami al-rumuz."


As appears in colophon on p.443, copied by Ibrāhīm ibn Muṣṭafá ibn [?]. Transcription finished latter Shawwāl 1071 [June 1661].

Ownership and History:

Bookplate of British Museum, London on interior of upper cover, "British Museum, London. No. 55. Jami al-rumuz." ; circular seal impression with figure of goat/gazelle in purple ink as well as purple penciled inscription "87" in Western numerals on fol.2a (p.3) ; on blue-tinted paper pasted on ’title page’ (p.5), 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 بشرط ان لا يخرج من بيت الكتب الذي بنيته في اتصال داري الا لعلماء نفس ارضروم بكفيل اورهن قوي وانا الفقير السيد عبد الله اديب الشهير بجنت زاده القاضي بمدينة ارضروم في سنة اثنى وستين ومائتين والف" ; occasional marginal corrections, glosses and notabilia (some rubricated).

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05 Ibrāhīm ibn Muṣṭafá, fl.1661, scribe. 05 ابراهيم بن مصطفى، ناسخ.

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In Collection:

Tiflis Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,I, 378

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

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