Isl. Ms. 472


al-Tashīl wa-shifā’ al-‘alīl,[1169, i.e. 1756].التسهيل وشفاء العليل,[1169ه، 1756م].


‘Awfī, Muḥammad ibn Aḥmad,17th cent.عوفي، محمد ابن احمد.

Place/Date of Production:



171 leaves :paper ;162 x 120 (105 x 59) mm.


Fine copy of a work on Qurʼānic readings (qirāʼāt) by Mehmet b. Ahmet el-Avfî (d.1639 or 40). Preceded and followed by notes and excerpts in Turkish and Arabic.

Other Title(s):

Title from inscription on upper board lining:كتاب التسهيل وشفاء العليل في القراءاتTitle from heading at opening on p.4:كتاب تسهيل


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




Ms. codex.
Title from opening matter (preface) on p.4.


"الحمد لله ذي النعم المتواترة والفضل الجزيل ... وبعد فيقول محمد بن احمد العوفي في ذي العجز والنقص ... هذا مختصر في القرآات العشرة المتواترة باقوى حجة ... وسميته التسهيل وشفاء العليل لطالب جد مجد في الرحيل ..."


"هذا عظيم الشأنى هذا رسول البارى هذا خاتم الرسلى يا رب صل على جميع الرسلى والهم والصحبى مازينت بالنجمى واشرقت بالفجوى وضوات بالشمس في يومنا والغدوى الى انتهاء الامرى"


"Scribal," triangular reads "تمت بعون الله الملك الوالي [؟] والحمد لله رب العالمين حرره السيد حافظ احمد في مدينۀ ادرنه غره في جمادى الاول سنه ١١٦٩"


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Physical Details:

V+1 (11), 16 V(171), i ; chiefly quinions ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization.


Written in 15 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Naskh ; elegant Turkish hand ; partially but irregularly seriffed with right-sloping head-serifs on occasional lām of definite article and free-standing alif, effect of tilt to the left, rounded with curvilinear descenders, pointing (two and three dots) mainly in conjoined dots.


Keywords and section headings rubricated (text to be entered in red indicated in margin, see p.31, though often cut off) ; textual dividers in the form of red discs ; written area surrounded by red rule-border.


European laid paper with 11 laid lines per cm. (horizontal), chain lines spaced 21-22 mm. apart (vertical), and watermarks including crown above name and grapes, others more difficult to observe (see p.12, 13, 32, 33, 38, 112, 113, etc.), thin and transluscent though strudy, quite well burnished to glossy ; some foxing and staining.


Pasteboards covered in marbled paper (in yellow, pink and dark brown, see envelope flap) with dark red leather over fore edge flap and edges/turn-ins (likely spine as well, but now covered in cream textile) ; Type II binding (with flap) ; board linings in peach / light orange wove paper ; sewn in dark green-blue thread, two stations ; worked endbands in dark green-blue and cream, damage with losses and exposed core ; overall in somewhat poor condition with significant abrasion, lifting and losses of paper and leather, delamination of boards, spine slant (cocked) etc. ; repairs in cloth.

Accompanying Materials:

a. Acquisitions slip from Yahuda -- b. Inventory cataloguing slip in hand of Winifred Smeaton Thomas.

Former Shelfmarks:

From inner front cover and spine label, "IL 48" (likely supplied by Yahuda, see acquisitions slip).


As appears in colophon on p.336, copied by al-Sayyid Ḥāfiẓ Aḥmad (Hafız Ahmet) with transcription completed 1 Jumādá I 1169 [February 1756] in Edirne.

Ownership and History:

Occasional marginal corrections and glosses ; occasional notabilia (side-heads).

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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05 Hafız Ahmet, fl. 1756, scribe. 05 حافظ احمد، ناسخ.

Former Owner(s):

Unidentified-Can you help supply this information? Please comment!

In Collection:

Yahuda Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GALII 326

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

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