Isl. Ms. 487


Kitāb al-Jawhar al-munaẓẓam min kalām al-nabī al-mukarram,[late 18th to early 19th century?].كتاب الجوهر المنظم من كلام النبي المكرم,[اواخر القرن 18 الى اوائل القرن 19م؟].


ʻUmarī, Muḥammad ibn Aḥmad.عمري، محمد ابن أحمد.

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60 leaves :paper ;287 x 197 (213 x 129) mm.


Fine early (possibly autograph) copy of a collection of sayings of the Prophet compiled from compiled from various collections of ḥadīth by Muḥammad ibn Aḥmad al-ʻUmarī al-Mawṣilī (d.1801). Replacement leaves at opening and close.

Other Title(s):

Jawhar al-munaẓẓam min kalām al-nabī al-mukarramجوهر المنظم من كلام النبي المكرم


Hadith--Criticism, interpretation, etc.--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.




Ms. codex.
Title from inscription on recto of opening replacement leaf (p.5), 'title page' (p.7), and opening matter (preface) on p.9.


"الحمد لله الذي انزل على عبده الكتاب ولم يجعل له عوجا قيما لينذر بأسا شديد [شديدا] من لدنه ... اما بعد يقول العبد الفقير الى الله الغني محمد العمري بن احمد العمي بن علي العمري الموصلي مولدا منشئا الساكن عند باب الجديد لما دخلنا في سنة الف ومائتين وثمانية بعد الاهجرة النبوية ... اني هممت ان الف كتابا في سنن الدين واحكامه ... فجمعت هذا الكتاب وسميته جوهر المنظم من كلام النبي المكرم ...


"وما جعلنا القبلة التي كنت عليها الا لنعلم من يتبع الرسول ممن ينقلب على عقبية تمت اخباراته الغيبية وصدق مقالاته المروية"


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Physical Details:

V-3+3 (10), 4 V(50), V-2+2 (60) ; chiefly quinions ; middle of the quire marks in the form of oblique strokes in the upper outer corner of the right-hand leaf ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes inserts).


Written in 15 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Naskh ; main hand a large, elegant Iraqi [?] hand (certainly with Persianate features) ; virtually serifless (though very slight head-serifs occasionally appear) and fairly vertical with only a slight tilt to the left, curvilinear descenders, pointing in distinct dots, point of nūn often set down within bowl, partially vocalized ; replacement leaves at opening and close supplied in another elegant naskh with Persianate features, virtually serifless with effect of tilt to the left, some elongated horizontal strokes, pointing in conjoined dots.


Keywords and some marginal glosses and corrections rubricated ; overlining in red ; text of written area surrounded by red-rule border.


European laid paper of at least two types ; mainly with 10 laid lines per cm. (horizontal), chain lines spaced 24 mm. apart (vertical), horse with main and tail flying watermark (see p.115, etc. and compare Cheval no.1, p.20 and 335 in Velkov, Les Filigranes dans les documents Ottomans), and "A G C" countermark (see p.114) ; replacement leaves with 10-11 laid lines per cm. (horizontal), chain lines spaced 24 mm. apart (vertical), lion passant guardant (see final two leaves and compare watermark dated 1807, no.924 in Nikolaev, Watermarks of the Ottoman Empire) and arms with "O A C" under scrollwork (see p.6, etc. and compare nos.766 dated 1795 and 814, 821, 839 dated 1799 in Nikolaev).


Pasteboards now covered in aquamarine paper with black cloth over spine and traces of dark red-brown leather at edges/turn-ins (possibly fully covering boards under paper) ; Type III binding (without flap) ; upper and lower covers bear traces of tooled rule-borders ; board linings in yellow laid paper ; sewn in light pink thread, two stations ; overall in fair condition with some abrasion, staining, minor delamination of boards, etc.

Accompanying Materials:

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

Former Shelfmarks:

From inner front cover and spine label, "IL 80" (likely supplied by Yahuda, see acquisitions slip).


Statement on 'title page' (p.7) indicates that composition of the work was begun Muḥarram 1208 [August-September 1793] (though the copyist apparently made a mistake in the phrasing of the date with "مائتين" faintly visible following "بعد" and "الالف" written over it). Despite the mistake in this statement, the reading 1208 is confirmed by the opening matter (preface) on p.9 in which the author indicates "..لما دخلنا في سنة الف ومائتين وثمناية من الهجرة النبوية ... اني هممت ان الف كتابا في سنن الدين واحكامه ..." ; according to GAL likely completed in 1212 [1797]. Lacks dated colophon ; however, number of corrections and marginal notes, paper, etc. indicate that the main text may be in the hand of the author, or perhaps collated by him, suggesting a dating in the last decade of the 18th century or prior to his death in 1801 (roughly 1797-1801). Paper of replacement leaves suggests a fairly contemporary dating or slightly further into the 19th century. Ownership statement on opening replacement leaf provides a terminus ante quem of 1825.

Ownership and History:

Partially effaced ownership statement in name of al-Sayyid ... al-ʻAlamī ("دخل هذا الكتاب في ملك الفقير السيد ... العلمي تحريرا ١٠ ذ سنة ١٢٤٠") dated 10 Dhū al-Ḥijjah [?] 1240 [July 1825] and rectangular seal impression on opening replacement leaf (p.5) ; ownership statement (following an authorial listing the various sources from which ḥadīth were taken for compilation in the present work) on 'replacement leaves' at opening on p.6 in name of al-Ḥājj ʻAbd ... al-Baghdādī [?] reads "دخل هذا الكتاب في ملك عبد الفقير الى الله الغني ... الحاج عبد البغدادي [كذا] ..." ; numerous marginal corrections and glosses.

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Former Owner(s):

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In Collection:

Yahuda Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,S II 640Nikolaev, Vsevolod. Watermarks of the mediaeval Ottoman documents in Bulgarian libraries. In Watermarks of the Ottoman Empire, volume 1. Sofia: Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 1954.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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