Isl. Ms. 459


Ḥāshiyat al-Sayyid al-Sharīf lill-Kashshāf,[15th century and 17th century?].حاشية السيد الشريف للكشاف,[القرن 15م و القرن 17م؟].


Jurjānī, ʻAlī ibn Muḥammad,al-Sayyid al-Sharīf,1340-1413.جرجاني، علي بن محمد،السيد الشريف.

Place/Date of Production:

[14-- and 16--?].


166 leaves :paper ;180 x 144 (127-130 x 91-93) mm.


Fine composite copy of al-Jurjānī’s commentary on the first part of al-Kashshāf, the celebrated Qurʼān commentary by Abū al-Qāsim Maḥmūd ibn ʻUmar al-Zamakhsharī, called Jār Allāh (d. 538/1144).

Other Title(s):

Edge title (tail):حاشية السيد على الكشافTitle from inscription on front flyleaf (p.4):هذه حاشية على الكشاف


Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Zamakhsharī, Maḥmūd ibn ʻUmar,--1075-1144.--Kashshāf.
Koran--Commentaries--Early works to 1800.




Ms. composite codex.
Title from inscription on 'title page' (p.7).


"قال الشيخ جار الله العلامة احسن الله اكرامه في دار المقامة الحمد لله الذي انزل القرآن كلاما مؤلفا منظما وصف الله سبحانه بعد الدلالة على انحصار جنس الحمد بانزال القرآن ..."


"وقد يقال في الاول ايضا نقل من المعنى الحقيقي الذي هو الحائط الا انه لوحظ اولا تم الكتاب بعون الله الوهاب"


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Physical Details:

ii, 11 V(110), IV+1 (119), IV (127), 2 V(147), IV (155), V (165), 1 (166) ; chiefly quinions ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes inserts and flyleaves, mistakenly repeats p.4 and p.6, and skips four pages between pp.261-262 and two pages each between pp.265-266 and pp.267-268).


Written in 19 lines per page.


Naskh-nastaʻlīq and naskh ; three or more hands ; opening through p.226 mainly in a naskh with influence of nastaʻlīq, serifless with effect of tilt to the right, slight effect of words descending to baseline, elongation of horizontal strokes, pointing (where present, quite casual to scarce in some sections) in distinct dots, with a few other hands supplying an occasional passage (see p.8, p.28, p.36, pp.44-46, etc.) ; from p.227 to close, an elegant naskh, mainly serifless with effect of tilt to the left, curvilinear descenders (many dramatically majmūʻah), pointing in distinct or conjoined dots (with two dots typically arranged vertically, one above the other), freely ligatured.


Keywords rubricated (in latter 18th century section, pp.226-327).


Opening section on non-European (likely Arab) laid paper with 9 laid lines per cm. (vertical) and chain lines in groups of three with 9-11 mm. between chains and 38 mm. between groups (horizontal, see p.40), cloudy formation, dark cream in color (possibly a second type with 8 laid lines per cm. and chain lines in groups of three with 9 mm. between chains and 47 between groups, see p.90, 176, etc.) ; following section on European laid paper of at least two types ; type with 8-9 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 30 mm. apart, anchor in circle with six pointed star above watermark (see p.230, 234, 235, etc., compare nos. 61, etc. in Velkov, Les Filigranes dans les documents Ottomans), sturdy and highly burnished to glossy ; another type with 10-11 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 26-27 mm. apart (horizontal), three hats watermark (see p.261, 269, etc., compare nos.10 and 11 in Velkov), thin, crisp and transluscent, extremely well-burnished ; another type with 10 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 22-34 mm. apart (horizontal), cross in an inverted tear drop watermark with "I M [?]" below (compare Heawood 964, etc.) ; some ink burn.


Pasteboards covered in now dull yellow paper with red leather over spine, traces of fore edge flap, and edges/turn-ins ; Type II binding (with flap, though now lost) ; board linings in untinted laid European paper (crossbow in circle watermark visible) ; sewn in cream and light pink thread, two stations ; worked chevron endbands in cream and beige, fair condition ; overall in somewhat poor condition with flap lost, lifting and losses of paper and leather, abrasion, staining, etc.

Accompanying Materials:

a. Inventory cataloguing slip in hand of Winifred Smeaton Thomas (pp.1-2) -- b. Acquisitions slip from Yahuda (pp.3-4).

Former Shelfmarks:

From interior of upper cover and spine label, "IL 85" (likely supplied by Yahuda, see acquisitions slip).


Lacks dated colophon ; paper and hand of opening section (through p.226) suggest perhaps 15th century, with paper and hand of final section suggesting late 16th or perhaps early to mid 17th century.

Ownership and History:

Ownership statement in name of Zakarīyā ibn Bayrām [?] ( زكريا بن بيرام ) on front flyleaf (p.4), statement reads "من كتب الفقير الى الغني العلام زكريا بن بيرام عفي عنه" ; waqf statements on front flyleaf (p.4) and 'title page' (p.7) also in name of this Zakarīyā ibn Bayrām [?], who endowed the book to his sons, their sons, their sons sons, and then to whomever is suitably competent in reading/studying, for his late brother Yaʻqūb ibn Bayarām [?] ( يعقوب بن بيرام ), statement on p.4 reads "وقفته لروح اخي يعقوب بن حاجي بيرام فمن بدله ... الفقير ... زكريا بن بيرام ..." and on p.7 reads "وقفته على اولادي ثم على اولاد اولادي ثم على اولاد اولاد اولادي ثم لمن يكفي اهلا لمطالعة كتبه زكريا بن بيرام عفي عنه" ; numerous glosses and marginal corrections.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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Former Owner(s):

05 Zakarīyā ibn Bayrām, former owner. 05 زكريا بن بيرام, مالك سابق.

In Collection:

Yahuda Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,I 290 (I / no. 9) ; II 216-7 (no. 16)Velkov, Asparouh. Les Filigranes dans les documents Ottomans: divers types d’images. Sofia: Éditions "Texte - A. Trayanov", 2005.

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Posted by evyn on August 19, 2010
Tags: Arabic MSS, Fully Catalogued, Yahuda Collection

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