Isl. Ms. 515


Kitāb Minhāj al-ʻābidīn,[17th or 18th century].كتاب منهاج العابدين,[القرن 17 أو 18م].



Place/Date of Production:

[16-- or 17--].


98 leaves :paper ;210 x 145 (170 x 85) mm.


Fine of copy of Minhāj al-ʻābidīn, a work of Ṣūfī thought, attributed to al-Ghazālī.

Other Title(s):

Minhāj al-ʻābidīnمنهاج العابدين


Islamic ethics--Early works to 1800.
Religious life--Islam--Early works to 1800.
Sufism--Doctrines--Early works to 1800.
Sufism--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.




Ms. codex.
Title from heading at opening on p.4.
"Scribal [?]," "triangular," reads: "تم كتاب منهاج العابدين الى الجنة ... تصنيف الامام السعيد حجة الاسلام ابى حامد محمد بن محمد الغزالي برد الله مضجعه ولله الحمد والمنة امين يا معين"


"املى علينا الشيخ الامام السعيد حجة الاسلام ابو حامد محمد بن محمد الغزالي رحمة الله عليه هذا المختصر وهو اخر كتاب صنفه ولم يستمله الا خواص اصحابه واوله الحمد لله الملك الحليم الجواد الكريم العزيز الرحيم الذي فطر السموات والارض بقدرته ..."


"دعتنا الى تصنع وتزين مما سطرناه او كلام نظمناه او علم افدناه ونسأله ان يجعلنا واياكم معشر الاخوان بما علمناه عاملين ولوجهه مريدين وان لا يجعله وبالا علينا ويضعه في ميزان الصالحات اذا ردت اعمالنا اليه انه جواد كريم وهذا ما اوردنا ان نذكره في شرح كيفية سلوك طريق الاخرة وقد وفى بالمقصود والحمد لله الذي بنعمته تتم الصالحات وصلى الله على خير مولد دعا الى افضل معبود محمد النبي واله وسلم تسليما الى يوم الدين"


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Physical Details:

9 V(90), V-4+2 (98), i ; almost entirely regular quinions ; front flyleaf affixed to opening leaf ; catchwords present ; pagination in Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes insert and back flyleaf).


Written in 21 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Naskh ; clear Turkish [or possibly Iraqi?] hand ; mainly serifless but occasional (inconsistent) right-sloping headserifs appear on initial and medial lām, alif, etc. ; effect of tilt to the left ; many closed counters ; pointing in curved lines (for two and three dots) ; point of final nūn often assimilated with bowl ; rightward descenders tapered ; alif maqṣūrah often mardūdah ; occasionally vocalized.


Section headings and keywords marking subsections (such as قصل) rubricated ; subheadings overlined in red.


European laid paper with 10 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 25-27 mm. apart, three crescents watermark and a variety of countermarks with 'F' and 'M' (or 'W') ; thick and well-burnished.


Pasteboards covered in red leather ; Type III binding (without flap) ; board linings in yellow paper ; upper and lower covers bear blind-stamped mandorla with vegetal composition (vertical and horizontal symmetry, at center eight-petalled flower) and tooled border consisting of a series of s-shaped stamps ; sewn in white thread, two stations ; worked chevron endbands in yellow and brown ; in fair condition with some abrasion and staining.

Accompanying Materials:

Acquisitions slip from Yahuda.

Former Shelfmarks:

From spine label and inscription on interior of upper cover, "IL 342 " (likely supplied by Yahuda, see Acquisitions slip) ; "٤٦٧" on tail of textblock.


Lacks dated colophon ; paper suggests 17th or 18th century.

Ownership and History:

On front flyleaf (now affixed to opening leaf, p.3), ownership statement in the name of one ʻAbd al-Majīd who served in the turbah of al-Aʻẓamīyah, reads "تملكه افقر البرية عبد المجيد خادم تربة الاعظمية ووكيل الخطابة فيها" ; at close, surrounding colophon, ownership statement in name of one ʻAbd al-Ghanī dated 1218 [1803 or 4], reads: "قد تملك هذا الكتاب افقر العباد واحوجهم الى غفران الملك التواب الفقير الحقير والملك لله الواحد الاله الحاج عبد الغني العبد... [؟] عفى الله عنه بفضله وكرمه وذلك حرر ... [؟] في سنة ۱۲۱۸".

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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Former Owner(s):

Yahuda, A. S., former owner.

In Collection:

Yahuda Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,I 423 no.38

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

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