Isl. Ms. 484


Mabāriq al-azhār fī sharḥ Mashāriq al-anwār,[17th and 18th century?].مبارق الازهار في شرح مشارق الانوار,[القرن 17 و القرن 18م؟].


Ibn Malak, ʻAbd al-Laṭīf ibn ʻAbd al-ʻAzīz.ابن ملك، عبد اللطيف بن عبد العزيز.

Place/Date of Production:

[16-- and 17--?].


298 leaves :paper ;212 x 160 (141 x 89) mm.


Fine composite copy of the commentary by Ibn Malak on al-Ḥasan ibn Muḥammad al-Ṣaghānī’s (d.1252) collection of traditions from Bukhārī and Muslim. Incomplete, ending abruptly.

Other Title(s):

Title from inscription on front flyleaf:مبارق الازهر في شرح مشارق الانوارTitle from inscription on 'title page' (p.3):مشارق ابن ملك


Hadith--Commentaries--Early works to 1800--Commentaries.
Hadith--Criticism, interpretation, etc.--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Ṣaghānī, al-Ḥasan ibn Muḥammad,--1181-1252.--Mashāriq al-anwār.


Headpieces (layout features)17th century.




Ms. composite codex.
Title from opening matter (preface) on p.5.


"الحمد لله على هدية الهداية والاسلام وعطية الدراية والاعلام ... وبعد يقول الضعيف العويز عبد اللطيف بن عبد العزيز المعروف بابن الملك ... لما وضح وجوه المقال وصح النظر في المآل صودف العلم اعلاها منارة ومنالا ... ومما صنف فيه من الكتب الفاخرة ... كتاب مشارق الانوار في صحاح الخبار ... وكانت له شروح ... فصرت ادير في نفسي واستخير الله يومي وامسي ان اشرحه شرحا ... سميته مبارق الازهر في شرح مشارق الانوار ..."


"وكان اشد بالنصب خبر كان وامسه ضمير عائد الى المفعول المحذوف ما"


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Physical Details:

ii, VI+1 (13), 5 V(63), VII (75), 15 V(225), I (227), V (237), V+1 (247), 3 V(277), IV+2 (287), I (289), IV+1 (298), ii ; chiefly quinions ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes insert and mistakenly skips two pages each between pp.205-206 and pp.241-242).


Written mainly in 21 lines per page.


Naskh ; two main Turkish hands ; original sections (including opening to p.88, 109-308, etc.) in an elegant Turkish naskh, seriffed with right-sloping head-serifs on most ascenders (even free-standing alif), effect of tilt to the left, rounded with manily curvilinear descenders, many open counters, pointing in conjoined dots or strokes ; replacement sections (pp.89-108, 309-392, 477-519, 531 to close except where some original leaves appear) mainly in a clear Turkish naskh, virtually serifless with effect of only slight tilt to the left (fairly vertical), occasional words descending to baseline, pointing in strokes rather than distinct dots.


Elegant illuminated headpiece at opening on p.4 consisting of rectangular piece with empty gold cartouched flanked by floral accents in red (now pinkish), white, orange and lavender, surrounded by pinkish red border and surmounted by scalloped semi-circular piece with floral vegetal decoration (in white, orange, gold, and pink) on fields of gold and blue, itself surmounted by crude vertical stalks (tīgh) with blue accents ; keywords and abbreviation symbols (mainly sigla) rubricated ; some overlining in red ; textual dividers in the form of gold discs ; text of written area (through p.88) surrounded by gold frame.


European laid paper of several types ; one type with 9 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 23-25 mm. apart (horizontal), and hand / glove watermark (see p.39, 186, etc.), sturdy and fairly thick, burnished ; another type with 8-9 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 26-28 mm. apart (horizontal, quite thick), and crown-star [possibly crown-star-crescent] watermark (see p.33, 43, 242, 243, etc.) ; staining and tidelines ; replacement sections on paper with 11 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 23 mm. apart (horizontal) and grapes (raisin) under crown watermark ; watermarks of "P & G" under double-headed eagle with single crown above (see back flyleaf) and shield likely with crescent with face inside (see front flyleaf).


Pasteboards covered in marbled paper (in light blue, blue-green, blue, pink and yellow) with dark purple leather over spine and fore edge flap ; Type II binding (with flap) ; pastedowns and flyleaves in fuschia surface-dyed laid paper ; bronze / gold tooling on interior and exterior of fore edge flap ; sewn in cream thread, two stations ; worked chevron endbands in yellow and purple, quite good condition ; overall in fair condition with some abrasion, lifting and losses of leather (spine in particular), staining, etc. ; fore edge flap far too narrow.

Accompanying Materials:

a. Acquisitions slip from Yahuda (pp.1-2).

Former Shelfmarks:

From spine label and inner front cover, "IL 312" (likely supplied by Yahuda, see acquisitions slip).


Lacks dated colophon ; paper, hand, etc. of original sections suggest 17th century and date in seal impression provides only approximate terminus ante quem of 1684. Replacement sections likely 18th century as suggested by paper and hand.

Ownership and History:

Effaced waqf statement on 'title page' (p.3) accompanied by oval seal impression (repeated twice) in name of ʻUmar ibn ʻĪsá (عمر بن عيسى) with inscription "اليس الله بكاف عبده عمر بن عيسى" and possibly dated 1095 [1683 or 4] ; "وقف" repeated periodically elsewhere in margins ; marginal and interlinear glosses and corrections ; occasional notabilia (side-heads).

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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Former Owner(s):

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In Collection:

Yahuda Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GALI 361

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Posted by evyn on September 8, 2010
Tags: Arabic MSS, Fully Catalogued, Yahuda Collection

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