Isl. Ms. 637


al-ʻArf al-nadī fī sharḥ qaṣīdat Ibn al-Wardī,[1246, i.e. 1831].العرف الندي في شرح قصيدة ابن الوردي,[1246ه، 1831م].


Ghamrī, ‘Abd al-Wahhāb al-Khaṭīb,fl. 1621.غمري, عبد الوهاب الخطيب.

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52 leaves :paper ;245 x 170 (175 x 102) mm. bound to 250 x 177 mm.


Careful copy of the commentary by ʻAbd al-Wahhāb al-Khaṭīb al-Ghamrī (fl. 1621) on Zayn al-Dīn Abū Ḥafṣ ʻUmar ibn Muẓaffar Ibn al-Wardī's (d. 1349) qaṣīdah called al-Lāmīyah or Naṣīḥat al-ikhwān wa-murshidat al-khillān, a moral poem of 77 verses in the ramal metre.

Other Title(s):

عرف الندى


Arabic poetry--1258-1800.
Islamic poetry, Arabic--History and criticism--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Ibn al-Wardī, Zayn al-Dīn ʻUmar ibn al-Muẓaffar,--d. 1349.--Naṣīḥat al-ikhwān wa-murshidat al-khillān.




Ms. codex.
Title from 'title page' (p.7) and opening matter (preface) on p.9.


"الحمد لله الذي نسج في الازل شقة النصيحة باعتزال ذكر الاغاني والغزل ... وبعد فان القصيدة الوردية اللامية المنظومة من بحر الرمل ووزنه فاعلاتن فاعلاتن فاعلاة ثلاث مرات المسماة بنصيحة الاخوان ومرشدة الخلان ... وكنت ممن اطلع عليها مرارا عديدة وفي كل حين يظهر لي منها فوائد جليلة وقد حاولت نفسي المرة بعد المرة ان اكتب عليها ما فيه للعيون قرة ... وشرعت في شرح لطيف يحل الفاظها ... وسميته العرف الندي في قصيدة بن الوردي ..."


"وقد تقدم انها من بحر الرمل وتقدم تفصيله وفي هذا القدر كفاية ونسأل الله ان يتقبل منا ذلك وان يسلك بنا احسن المسالك ... انك سميع قريب مجيب الدعوات يا رب العالمين وسلام على المرسلين والحمد لله رب العالمين ه"


"Authorial," reads "قال مؤلفه رحمه الله تعالى ورضي عنه فرغت منه يوم الجمعة المبارك خامس شهر ربيع الثاني لسنة ثلاثين والف من الهجرة النبوية ه" ; "Scribal," triangular, reads "وكان الفراغ من نسخه يوم الاحد المبارك تسعة مضت من شهر شعبان المعظم الذهو من شهور سنة ۱۲٤٦ ستة واربعون ومائتين والف من الهجرة امين م"


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Physical Details:

i, II-1 (3), II (7), III (13), II (17), 3 (20), 3 V(50), I (52), i ; chiefly quinions ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes inserts and flyleaves).


Written in 25 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Naskh ; two clear Turkish or 'Syrian' hands ; opening hand (through p.26) a naskh, mainly serifless (though very slight right-sloping head-serif appears on some free-standing alifs) with curvilinear descenders, elongation of horizontal strokes, pointing in distinct dots, medial hāʼ sharply mudghamah, kāf mashkūlah (mashqūqah) preferred (even final kāf, without hamzah-like miniature kāf), bowl of final nūn fairly wide with point set just inside ; following hand (p.27 through close) a slightly more elegant naskh, partially seriffed with right-sloping head-serif mainly on free-standing alif (also occasional joined alifs, lām of definite article, etc.), tilt to the left, elongation in the vertical, curvilinear descenders, pointing in distinct dots, initial hāʼ in nice wajh al-hirr (more pointed, with path of the penstroke quite evident), final kāf without shaqq and with hamzah-like miniature kāf.


Keywords, some abbreviation symbols (stroke over keywords), and passages of text being commented upon rubricated ; textual dividers in the form of red discs or inverted commas.


European laid paper in at least two types ; one type with 7-8 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 28 mm. apart (horizontal), and three crescents and "I M C" watermarks (see p.16, 17, 38, 108, 109, etc.) ; another type with 7-8 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 26 mm. apart (horizontal), and crescent with face watermark (see p.62, etc.) ; all well-burnished, fairly stiff and sturdy ; some staining and tears ; repairs in wove paper.


Boards covered in dark red cloth ; Western style binding ; pastedowns and flyleaves in light blue-green wove paper ; upper cover bears gold-stamped title "العرف الندي" ; resewn in white thread, eight stations ; overall in good condition.

Accompanying Materials:

a. Inventory cataloguing slip in hand of Winifred Smeaton Thomas (pp.1-2) -- b. Acquisitions slip from Yahuda (pp.3-4).

Former Shelfmarks:

From interior of upper cover and spine label "IL 247" (likely supplied by Yahuda, see acquisitions slip).


As appears in colophon on p.108, transcription completed 9 Shaʻbān 1246 [ca. 23 January 1831]. As appears in preceding authorial colophon (also on p.108), composition completed 5 Rabīʻ II 1030 [ca. 27 February 1621].

Ownership and History:

Occasional marginal corrections, variants, etc. noted in margins.

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In Collection:

Yahuda Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,II 140 (no.3 a) ; S II 175

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

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