Isl. Ms. 477


al-Alif al-ma’lūf fī kashf al-ḥurūf,[1237, i.e. 1821].الالف المألوف في كشف الحروف,[1237ه، 1821م].


Abū al-Fatḥ ʻAlī ibn Ṣadaqah ibn Manṣūr al-Sarmīnī,fl. 1340.ابو الفتح بن صدقة بن منصور السرميني.

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60 leaves :paper ;224 x 160 (165-173 x 105-111) mm. bound to 228 x 160 mm.


Fine copy of a treatise attributed to Abū al-Fatḥ [ʻAlī] ibn Ṣadaqah ibn Manṣūr al-Sarmīnī (fl. 1340) on Qurʼānic readings, specifically the seven readings collected by Ibn Mujāhid.

Other Title(s):

الف المألوفTitle from inscription on upper board lining:الف المألوفTitle from opening matter (preface) on p.3:الف المألوف في فرش الحروف


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




Ms. codex.
Title from close on p.119.


"الحمد لله الذي اعز بكتابه العزيز من كان ذليلا ... فقد استخرت الله الكريم الفتاح العليم في جمع اوراق اذكر فيها القراء السبعة الذين الختار الامام ابو بكر بن مجاهد ونحوه من المشايخ قرآاتهم وهو اول من صنف في القراءة السبع ... وسميت ذلك الالف المألوف في فرش الحروف ..."


"وهذا هو الشائع يومئذ في البلاد وهو مستحب عند ذوي الارشاد والسداد والله اعلم هذا اخر الالف المألوف في كشف الحروف لجن على يد مؤلفه ومن اعتني بجمعه الراجي رحمة ربه الغفور ابو الفتح بن صدقة منصر [بن منصور ؟] السرميني ... والحمد لله رب العالمين"


"Scribal," triangular, reads "والفراغ عن هذه النسخة المباركة يوم الثلاثة خمسة والعشرين من شهر الربيع الاول سنت الف ومائتين سبعة وثلاثين عفا الله عمن كتبها او قرأها امين م م م م م م م م م م"


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Physical Details:

2 V(20), 2 IV(36), 2 V(56), I+2 (60), i ; chiefly quinions ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization.


Written in 16-19 lines per page.


Naskh ; at least three Turkish hands ; all at least partially seriffed with right-sloping head-serifs, effect of tilt to the left, and curvilinear descenders ; opening hand (to p.44) freely ligatured ; medial hand (pp.45-74) showing some contrast in thickness between horizontal and vertical strokes ; final hand (from p.74) compact, quite rounded and exhibiting slight effect of words descending to baseline.


Keywords, section headings and some abbreviation symbols rubricated ; textual dividers in the form of red hāʼ.


European laid paper with 7 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 32 mm. apart (horizontal), and three crescents watermark (100 mm. long, perpendicular to chains, see p. 102, 103, etc.) ; crisp and sturdy ; well-burnished with burnisher's marks visible ; much staining.


Pasteboards covered in block-printed textile (yellow on white) with red leather over spine ; Type III binding (without flap) ; board linings in untinted wove paper ; resewn in white thread over cords, six stations plus primaries ; worked chevron endbands in green-blue and orange-red, good condition ; overall in somewhat poor condition with staining, some abrasion and lifting of leather, etc.

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 20" (likely supplied by Yahuda, see acquisitions slip).


As appears in colophon on p.120, transcription completed 25 Rabīʻ I 1237 [December 1821].

Ownership and History:

Assorted excerpts and pen trials on 'title page' (p.1) ; occasional marginal glosses and corrections ; apparently unrelated diagram at close on p.120.

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Former Owner(s):

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In Collection:

Yahuda Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,S II 27Ziriklī, Khayr al-Dīn. al-Aʻlām,v.4 p.294 (1980 ed.)

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

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