Isl. Ms. 488


[Kitāb al-Shamāʼil,ca. 1781].[كتاب الشمائل,ح. 1781م].


Tirmidhī, Muḥammad ibn ʻĪsá,d. 892.ترمذي، محمد بن عيسى.

Place/Date of Production:

[ca. 1781].


81 leaves :paper ;217 x 135 (147 x 70) mm.


Fine copy of al-Tirmidhī’s collection of traditions comprising the Prophet’s characteristics.

Other Title(s):

ShamāʼilشمائلTitle from inscription on front flyleaf (p.3):شمائل شريفTitle from inscription on front flyleaf (p.3):شمائل الترمذي


Hadith--Texts--Early works to 1800.
Hadith--Criticism, interpretation, etc.--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Muḥammad,--Prophet,--d. 632--Biography--Early works to 1800.




Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloguer.


"الحمد لله وسلام على عباده الذين اصطفى قال الشيخ الحافظ ابو عيسى محمد بن عيسى بن سورة الرمدى [الترمذي] رحمه الله باب ما جاء في خلق النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم حدثنا ابو رجاء قتيبة بن سعيد عن مالك بن انس عن ربيعة بن ابي عبد الرحمن عن انس بن مالك رضي الله عنه انه سمعه يقول كان رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم ليس بالطويل البائن ولا بالقصير وليس بالابيطر [بالابيض] الامهق ولا بالادم ..."


"حدثنا محمد بن علي اخبرنا النضر اخبرني ابن عون عن ابن سيرين قال هذا الحديث دين فانظروا عمن تاخذون دينكم تمت الكتاب بعون الله الملك الوهاب الواهبين"


Can you help transcribe the colophon? Please comment!


Can you help transcribe the dedication? Please comment!


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

Physical Details:

i, V+1 (11), 7 V(81), i ; Chiefly quinions ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes insert and flyleaves).


Written in 17 lines per page ; frame-ruled (impression of ruling board evident).


Naskh ; elegant 'Ottoman' or Iraqi [?] hand in a narrow to medium line, initially smaller and from p.50 or so larger but also somewhat denser though sweeping ; partially seriffed with right-sloping head-serif on virtually all ascenders excepting free-standing alif, effect of tilt to the left, curvilinear descenders, pointing (for two and three dots) in strokes or conjoined dots, some elongation of horizontal strokes.


Keywords and abbreviation symbols (mainly two-teeth stroke) rubricated.


European laid paper mainly with alternating bifolia tinted dull-yellow ; untinted leaves with 11 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 27-28 mm. apart (horizontal), and watermarks including "AL MASSO" (see p.10), arms / scrollwork with crown above (see p.14), and "G M" (see p.20), crisp, thin and transluscent, well-burnished ; dull-yellow paper with 10 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 26-28 mm. apart (horizontal), and watermarks including circle with three fleurs de lis and crown above (see p.16), "L POLVARET DE IZERON 1780" (see p.22) and "L POLVARET DE IZERON 1781" (see p.26), thin, transluscent and well-burnished ; another type with 9-10 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 24-26 mm. apart (horizontal), and grapes (raisin) below crown watermark (see p.102) ; another type with 10 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 21-22 mm. apart (horizontal) and three stylized hats watermark (see p.156, 157, etc.) ; flyleaves in a paper with watermark of cross flanked by lions with circles below ("B A" in one circle).


Pasteboards covered in quite dark red leather ; Type II binding (with flap) ; board linings in untinted European laid paper (watermark visible in lower board lining) ; upper and lower covers carry tooled border with rosette like accents ; sewn in light yellow or pink thread, two stations ; worked chevron endbands in brown and cream, only tail band remains ; overall in fair condition with some staining, abrasion, losses of leather at fore edge flap, etc.

Accompanying Materials:

a. Acquisitions slip from Yahuda (pp.1-2).

Former Shelfmarks:

From inner front cover and spine label, "IL 231" (likely supplied by Yahuda, see acquisitions slip).


Lacks dated colophon ; paper, etc. suggest late 18th century, ca. 1781.

Ownership and History:

Bequest / gift statement on front flyleaf (p.3) in name of Derviş-i Gülşenî Mehmet Sait Edirnevî (Darwīsh Gulshanī Muḥammad Saʻīd Adirnawī /درويش كلشنى محمد سعيد ادرنوي) to Muḥammad al-Hāshimī [?] Gulshanī ( محمد الهاشمي كلشنى ) statement reads "درويش كلشنى محمد سعيد ادرنوى حافظ شمائل شريف حضريه نبوي الى محمد الهاشمى [؟] كلشنى هدية" ; fairly clean copy.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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


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

Former Owner(s):

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

In Collection:

Yahuda Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,I 161-2 (II.) ; S I 267Ḥājjī Khalīfah. Kashf al-ẓunūn,iv 70

Images1 2

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

Total comments on this page: 0

How to read/write comments

Comments on specific paragraphs:

Click the icon to the right of a paragraph

  • If there are no prior comments there, a comment entry form will appear automatically
  • If there are already comments, you will see them and the form will be at the bottom of the thread

Comments on the page as a whole:

Click the icon to the right of the page title (works the same as paragraphs)


No comments yet.

You must be login to comment.
Create an account or login