Isl. Ms. 517


Kitāb Naṣīḥat al-muḥibbīn wa-rawḍat al-muwaḥḥidīn,[1212, i.e. 1798].كتاب نصيحة المحبين وروضة الموحدين,[1212ه، 1798م].


Nahrawānī, Muḥammad Abū Thābit ibn al-Rifāʻī,d. 1635.نهرواني، محمد ابو ثابت ابن الرفاعي.

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94 leaves :paper ;215 x 157 (151 x 95) mm.


Fine copy of a treatise on Sufism and theological matters by Muḥammad Abū Thābit Ibn al-Rifāʻī al-Nahrawānī (d.1045/1635).

Other Title(s):

Naṣīḥat al-muḥibbīn wa-rawḍat al-muwaḥḥidīnنصيحة المحبين وروضة الموحدينEdge title (tail):روضة المحبين


Sufism--Early works to 1800.
Islam--Doctrines--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.




Ms. codex.
Title from inscription on 'title page' (p.5) and opening on pp.9-10.


"الحمد لله الواجب الوجود الذي شهد بوجوده كل من في الاكوان ... اما بعد فيقول العبد الفقير الى رحمة ربه القدير ... محمد ابو ثابت ابن الرفاعي ان هذا الكتاب تذكرة للعاقل وتنبيها للغافل ... وسميتها النصيحة المحبين وروضة الموحدين ..."


"واجعل اللهم ثواب ذلك نجاة لي ولاخواني من النار يا مهيمن يا ستار امين والحمد لله رب العالمين"


"اثر خامه [؟] مصطفى عن ابن احمد در راه كتخدايى راه ايى زاده سنه اثنين عشر وماتين والف في ۱٥ شهر ذق ..."


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Physical Details:

8 V (80), VI (92), I (94) ; chiefly quinions ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes inserts and skips two pages between pp.43 and 44).


Written in 11 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Naskh ; elegant hand in a medium line ; virtually serifless with slight effect of tilt to the left, mainly open counters, curvilinear descenders ; freely ligatured and somewhat casually pointed (with many mistakes) ; partially vocalized.


Keywords rubricated.


European laid paper of at least two types ; opening type with 8 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 21-22 mm. apart (horizontal), three wishbones or stirrups [or inverted crescents?] and "A C" countermark (see p.6, 8, 52, 53, etc.) ; another type with 9 laid lines per cm. (vertial), chain lines spaced 23 mm. apart (horizontal), and "G F A" with eagle and three stylized hats watermarks (see p.148, 152, etc.).


Pasteboards covered in dark olive green coated and textured paper with dark green-blue leather over spine ; Type III binding (without flap) ; doublures in printed shell marbled paper (in blue, brown, and yellow) ; sewn in yellow thread, two stations ; worked chevron endbands red and yellow, fairly good condition with some damage ; overall in fair condition.

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 inscription on 'title page' (p.5) and label on lower cover, "IL 393" (likely supplied by Yahuda, see acquisitions slip).


As appears at close on p.190, copied by one Muṣṭafá (Mustafa) from or on the authority of Ibn Aḥmad (İbn-i Ahmet) with transcription completed 15 Dhū al-Qaʻdah 1212 [May 1798].

Ownership and History:

Fairly clean copy.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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Former Owner(s):

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In Collection:

Yahuda Collection.


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

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