Isl. Ms. 501


ʻUmdat al-bayān fī farāʼiḍ al-aʻyān,[1235, i.e. 1820].عمدة البيان في فرائض الاعيان,[1235ه، 1820م].


ʻAbd al-Laṭīf al-Musabbiḥ,d. 1572 or 3عبد اللطيف المسبح.

Place/Date of Production:



130 leaves :paper ;207 x 166 (150 x 86) mm.


Fine copy of a commentary by ʻAbd al-Laṭīf ibn Muḥammad al-Murādī [al-Mirdāsī?], al-shahīr bi-Ibn al-Musabbiḥ, on Mukhtaṣar fī al-iʻbādāt, a popular elementary treatise on ritual duties according to the Mālikī school by Abū Zayd ʻAbd al-Raḥmān al-Akhḍarī.

Other Title(s):

ʻUmdat al-bayān fī maʻrifat farāʼiḍ al-aʻyānعمدة البيان في معرفة فرائض الاعيانعمدة البيان في معرفة فرايض الاعيان لابن المسبح


Islamic law--Interpretation and construction--Early works to 1800.
Malikites--Early works to 1800.
Muslims--Conduct of life--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Akhḍarī, ʻAbd al-Raḥmān ibn Muḥammad,--1512 or 13-1575 or 6.--Mukhtaṣar fī al-ʻibādāt ʻalá madhhab Mālik.




Ms. codex.
Title from opening on p.10.


"الحمد لله الذي اعلى معالم الاسلام ... وبعد فاني قصدت ... التعليق شرح مختصر الشيخ الفقيه العلامة ولي الله سيد ابي زيد سيد عبد الرحمن الاخضري ... وسميته بعمدة البيان في فرائض الاعيان ..."


"وهو قول ابن نافع وبالله تعالى التوفيق انتهى قد كمل هذا التعليق المبارك على المختصر الرشيد لسيدنا الشيخ الولي الصالح العالي العلامة العارف بالله ابا زيد عبد الرحمن الاخضري ... على يد جامعه ... عبد اللطيف بن محمد المرادي [؟] هو الشهير بابن المسبح ..."


"Authorial," reads " وكان الفراغ من جمعه في اوائل جمادى الاخير عام خمسة وثمانين وتسع مائة والحمد لله ... والصلاة وعلى نبيه المصطفى صلى الله عليه وسلم" ; "Scribal," reads "وكان الفراغ من نسخه يوم الاثنين بعد العصر سبعة عشر خلون من ذي الحجة في عام خمسة وثلاثين ومائتين والف على يد كاتبه ... العبد الفقير الحقير ... حسن ابن الحاج محمد الكتاني [؟] غفر الله له ولوالديه ولمشايخه ... وصلى الله على سيدنا محمد وعلى اله وصحبه وسلم انتهى"


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Physical Details:

13 V(130) ; exclusively quinions ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes inserts and mistakenly skips two pages each between pp.123-124 and 179-180).


Written in 20 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Maghribī ; elegant hand with slight effect of tilt to the right and characteristic alif of prolongation, sweeping descenders, etc.


Keywords, headings, and text being commented upon rubricated ; simple red and yellow ruled rectangular piece carries basmalah at opening ; written area of incipit and facing page surrounded by frame of yellow and red rules, elsewhere surrounded by red rule-border.


European laid paper with 8 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 26-28 mm. apart (horizontal), and three crescents watermark (65 mm. long, perpendicular to chains, see p.12, etc.) ; sturdy though crisp, burnished ; some pest damage and minor ink burn.


Pasteboards covered in block-printed paper (red and yellow vegetal guilloché interlace designs over blue) with brown leather over spine, fore edge flap, and edges/turn-ins (framed binding) ; Type II binding (with flap) ; board linings in red-violet wove paper ; sewn in white thread, two stations, gone or broken in many quires ; worked chevron endbands in red and cream, only headband intact ; overall in fair condition with some pest damage, minor abrasion, lifting of paper, etc.

Accompanying Materials:

a. Inventory cataloguing slip in hand of Winifred Smeaton Thomas (pp.1-2) -- b. Acquisitions slip from Yahuda (pp.3-4) -- c. Inventory cataloguing slip with transcription of the colophon (pp.5-6) -- d. Inventory cataloguing slip for Isl. Ms. 570 (pp.7-8).

Former Shelfmarks:

From inner front cover and spine label, "IL 253" (likely supplied by Yahuda, see acquisitions slip).


As appears in colophon on pp.260-261, copied by Ḥasan [?] ibn al-Ḥājj Muḥammad al-Kattānī [al-Kinānī?] with transcription completed 17 Dhū al-Ḥijjah 1235 [September 1820]. Date composition was completed ("وكان الفراغ من جمعه .") is given as the first part of Jumādá II 985 [August 1577] which conflicts with claims in Kaḥḥālah, etc. for a death date of 980 [1572] for the author.

Ownership and History:

Occasional marginal corrections.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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05 Ḥasan ibn Muḥammad al-Kattānī, fl. 1820, scribe. 05 حسن بن محمد الكتاني، ناسخ.

Former Owner(s):

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In Collection:

Yahuda Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,II 463 ; S II 705Ḥājjī Khalīfah. Kashf al-ẓunūn,iv 257 [2/1166]

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

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