Isl. Ms. 514


Mukhtaṣar Minhāj al-qāṣidīn,[14th or 15th century].مختصر منهاج القاصدين،[القرن 14م أو 15م].


Ibn Qudāmah al-Maqdisī, Aḥmad ibn ʻAbd al-Raḥmān,1253-1290.ابن قدامة المقدسي، احمد بن عبد الرحمن.

Place/Date of Production:

[13-- or 14--].


156 leaves :paper ;185 x 135 (170 x 120) mm.


Clear though incomplete copy of Ibn Qudāmah al-Maqdisī's abridgment of Ibn al-Jawzī's Minhāj al-qāṣidīn, itself based on al-Ghazzālī's Iḥyāʼ ʻulūm al-dīn ; acephalous and ending abruptly with end wanting.

Other Title(s):

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Islamic ethics--Early works to 1800.
Islam--Doctrines--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Ibn al-Jawzī, Abū al-Faraj ʻAbd al-Raḥmān ibn ʻAlī,--1116 (ca.)-1201.--Minhāj al-qāṣidīn




Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloguer.


" قراه او سمعه او نظر فيه وان يجعله خالصا لوجهه وان يختم لنا بخير ويوفقنا لما يرضيه من القول والعمل والنية وان يسامحنا في تقصيرنا وتفريطنا ولا يكلنا الى انفسنا طرفة عين ولا الى اجد من خلفه فانه حسبنا ونعم الوكيل"


"قيل كان ابو الدردا رضي الله عنه يقعد الى القبور فقيل له في ذلك فقال اجلس الى قوم تذكروني معادي وان قمت لم يغتابوني ميمون بن مهران خرجت مع عمر بن عبد العزيز الى المقبرة فلما نظر"


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Physical Details:

V-2 (8), 8 V(88), V-1 (97), 5 V(147), V-1 (156) ; chiefly quinions ; at least two leaves are mossing from the opening quire, possibly more ; quire numbering in the form of full words, most often lost to trimming ; catchwords present at the end of each quire ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes inserts).


Written in 22-26 lines per page.


Naskh ; clear Syrian hand ; serifless, inconsistently pointed (though in distinct dots), and with a very slight tilt to the left ; occasional vocalization.


Keywords introducing sections are set apart via elongation of horizontal strokes ; occasional overlining and accents (for section headings) in brick-red ink ; textual dividers (paragraph marks) in the form of circle or isolated hāʼ with dot at center.


non-European (Arab) laid paper with 7 laid lines per cm. (vertical) and chain lines grouped in threes with chains spaced roughly 12 mm. apart and 42 mm. between groups.


Pasteboards covered in combed marbled paper (salmon, orange, blue, etc.) with brown leather over spine and edges/turn-ins ; Type II binding (once with flap, though now lost) ; board linings in laid European paper ; sewn in olive thread, two stations ; in poor condition with upper cover completely detached at spine, spine leather and lower cover completely detached from textblock, flap lost, some abrasion, delamination of boards, etc. ; housed in box for protection.

Accompanying Materials:

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

Former Shelfmarks:

From spine label and inscription on interior of upper cover, "IL 326" (likely supplied by Yahuda, see acquisitions slip).


Lacks dated colophon ; paper and hand suggest 14th or 15th century.

Ownership and History:

Kabīkaj invocation at head of opening leaf recto (p.5) ; a few glosses and marginal corrections.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

Ghazzālī,--1058-1111--05--Iḥyāʼ ʻulūm al-dīn.
05--غزالي،--1058-1111.--احياء علوم الدين.


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Former Owner(s):

Yahuda, A. S., former owner.

Related Works:

Iḥyāʼ ʻulūm al-dīn.احياء علوم الدين.

In Collection:

Yahuda Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,I, 422, no.25Hājjī Khalīfah. Kashf al-ẓunūn,i 180-3, no.171

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

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