Isl. Ms. 553


al-Ḥāwī al-Qudsī,[14th century?].الحاوي القدسي,[القرن 14م؟].


Ghaznawī, Aḥmad,d. 1196 or 7.غزنوي، احمد.

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131 leaves :paper ;254 x 180 (189 x 115) mm.


Acephalous early copy of the work of Ḥanafī law most commonly attributed to Jamāl al-Dīn Aḥmad ibn Muḥammad ibn Nūḥ al-Qābisī al-Ghaznawī. See Isl. Ms. 92 for another ms. copy.

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Islamic law--Early works to 1800.
Hanafites--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.




Ms. codex.
Title from closing matter on p.263.


"في بيت مال المسلمين ..."


"وهذا اساس قياس جليل يفتح بمعرفته ابواب النجاة ويرقي بمراقيه مراقي الدرجات والله تبارك وتعالى اعلم بالصواب واليه المرجع والمآب ونسأله اللطف يوم الحساب انقضى تحرير الحاوي القدسي ونجز وابى محرره التطويل فاوجز وقد حوي بحمد الله ومنه مسائل مجموعات كثيرة في الاصوليين كاعتقاد الطحاوي وتمهيد النسفي ... وفي الفروع كجامع الصغير ومختصر القذوري ... لا ينقص مجموعه عن اربعين الف مسئلة والحمد لله وحده"


"Scribal," reads "على يد الفقير الى الله تعالى عبد القادر المسلمي غفر الله له ولوالديه"


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Physical Details:

i, 1 (1), V+1 (12), 2 V(32), IV+1 (41), 9 V(131) ; chiefly quinions ; acephalous, with further leaves missing between first two leaves (as extant) for roughly 40 leaves missing altogether ; catchwords present ; foliation in black ink, Hindu-Arabic numerals (opening leaf numbered ٣٢, following ٤۸) ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes inserts and front flyleaf , mistakenly repeats p.39 and p.42).


Written in 33 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Naskh ; clear, quite compact 'Syrian' or Egyptian [?] hand ; virtually serifless with curvinlinear descenders, pointing in distinct dots, many closed counters, and slight effect of tilt to the left.


Keywords, section headings, and abbreviation symbols rubricated ; textual dividers in the form of red discs.


non-European laid paper with roughly 9-10 laid lines per cm. (horizontal) and chain lines spaced in threes with 13-17 mm. between chains and 35-38 mm. between groups (vertical) ; quite thick, sturdy and soft with laid and chain lines rather indistinct ; striated pattern and possible zigzag appears in many leaves (see p.30, 39, etc.) ; staining and tide lines.


Pasteboards covered in shell marbled paper (mainly in blue and brown) with dark green cloth over spine ; Type III binding (without flap) ; board linings in beige wove paper ; resewn mainly in yellow thread, six stations, then black thread in final three quires ; stuck-on endbands ; overall in somewhat poor condition but with abrasion, lifting and losses of paper, delamination of boards at corners, staining, some spine slant (slightly cocked), 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 interior of upper cover and spine label "IL 97" (likely supplied by Yahuda, see acquisitions slip).


As appears in colophon on p.263, copied by ʻAbd al-Qādir al-Musallamī ; date of transcription not specified though paper, etc. may suggest 14th or even late 13th century (see Humbert, pp.33-35).

Ownership and History:

Occasional marginal corrections.

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05 ʻAbd al-Qādir al-Musallamī, scribe. 05 عبد القادر المسلمي، ناسخ.

Former Owner(s):

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In Collection:

Yahuda Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,I 378 ; SI 649Ḥājjī Khalīfah. Kashf al-ẓunūn,2/627 [iii 10, no. 4380]Humbert, G. "Papiers non-filigranés utilisés au proche-orient jusqu’en 1450: essai en typologie." Journal asiatique, 286, no.1 (1998): 1-54.

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

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