Isl. Ms. 516


Kitāb al-Ṭarīqah al-Muḥammadīyah,[1142, i.e. 1729].كتاب الطريقة المحمدية,[1143ه, 1729م].


Birgivî Mehmet Efendi,ca. 1523-1573.بركوى محمد افندى.

Place/Date of Production:



209 leaves :paper ;208 x 143 (133 x 59) mm.


Elegant, ell-glossed copy of the sermons and homilies of Birgivî (Birkawī, Birgilī) Mehmet Efendi.

Other Title(s):

Ṭarīqah al-Muḥammadīyahطريقة المحمديةEdge title (tail):طريقة محمدية سيرة احمدية


Islamic ethics--Early works to 1800.
Muslims--Conduct of life--Early works to 1800.
Islam--Doctrines--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.


Headpieces (layout features)18th century.




Ms. codex.
Title from inscription on 'title page' (p.3).


"الحمد لله الذي جعلنا امة وسطا خير امم ... وبعد فان العقل والنقل متوافقان والكتاب والسنة متطابقان ... فاردت ان اصنف الطريقة المحمدية واحببت ان ابين السيرة الاحمدية حتى يعرض عليها عمله كل سالك ..."


"وجلاء القلوب فعليك بها وطالعها حتى تعلم حقيقة مقالنا ونقول الحمد لله الذي هدانا لهذا وما كنا نهتدي لو لا ان هدانا الله ربنا لا تزغ قلوبنا بعد اذ هديتنا وهب لنا من لدنك رحمة انك انت الوهاب اللهم صل وسلم على محمد سيد المرسلين وعلى آله واصحابه اجمعين والحمد لله رب العالمين"


"Scribal," triangular, reads "وبدأت الطريقة المحمدية في القيصرية المحمية واتممت في ارض روم المحروسة وانا الفقير اليه سبحانه وتعالى السيد سليمان اديب القيصري احسن الله حاله في اليوم السادس عن ربيع الاخر لسنه اثنى واربعين ومائة والف سنه ۱۱٤٢"


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Physical Details:

i, 20 V(200), IV+1 (209) ; final leaf left blank ; almost exclusively quinions ; foliation in black ink, Hindu-Arabic numerals ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes inserts).


Written in 17 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Nastaʻlīq (talik) ; fine Turkish hand in a medium to bold line ; serifless with characteristic descent of words to baseline, occasionally more exaggerated, elongation and thickness of horizontal strokes.


Illuminated headpiece (ʻunwān) at opening on p.4, consisting of a rectangular piece with empty gold cartouche flanked by floral accents in white and pink on a gold field and surrounded by border in blue with white crosses, surmounted by a scalloped semi-circular piece (dome) filled with swirling floral vegetal design reminiscent of arabesque in white, lavender, pink, orange, etc. on fields of blue and gold, set into a well of pink with white crosses and surmounted by vertical stalks (tīgh) in blue and pink ; basmalah also flanked by floral accents ; written area surrounded by gilt frame ; keywords, section headings, and abbreviation symbols rubricated ; textual dividers in the form of red inverted commas.


European laid paper with 13 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 24-25 mm. apart (horizontal), and grapes (raisin) under cartouche and crown watermark (see p.10, 15, etc.) ; dark cream in color, well-burnished, thin and transluscent though sturdy.


Pasteboards covered in quite dark brown leather ; Type II binding (with flap, though now lost) ; doublures (board linings) in comb marbled paper (red, pink, blue, yellow, green, etc.) with hinges in shell marbled paper (blue and brown) ; upper and lower covers carry gold-stamped mandorla (filled with vegetal composition employing cloud bands and with both vertical and horizontal symmetry, compare Déroche class. NSd) along with gold-tooled border in a series of s-shaped stamps framed by gold fillets ; sewn in dark blue thread, two stations ; worked chevron endbands in red and likely another color difficult to discern due to damage, only headband remains ; overall in quite poor condition with flap lost, upper cover (along with front flyleaf and opening leaf) fully detached, lifting and losses of leather, abrasion, staining, etc. ; repairs (now split) to spine in light brown leather ; housed in box for protection.

Accompanying Materials:

a. Acquisitions slip from Yahuda (paginated pp.1-2) -- b. Insert with glosses (paginated pp. 73-74).

Former Shelfmarks:

From inner front cover and spine label, "IL 241" (likely supplied by Yahuda, see acquisitions slip).


As appears in colophon on p.419, copied by al-Sayyid Sulayman Adīb al-Qayṣarī (Süleyman Edip el-Kayserî / Kayserili Süleyman Edip ) with transcription begun in Kayseri and completed in Erzurum 6 Rabīʻ II 1142 [October 1729]. A statement on p.420 in name of Muḥammad al-Dahrī (Mehmet Dehrî) and attested by Ibrāhīm Aḥmad Saʻudī (İbrahim Ahmet Suudi) and Aḥmad Yaqīn [Baqiyah?] al-Shanṭūrī (Ahmet Yakin [Bakiye?] Şentûrî) may claim that half of the book [?] was written by al-Sayyid Muḥammad al-Sharīf (Seyyit Mehmet Şerif) reads "انا محمد الدهري الدلل [؟] كتب نصف [؟] هذا الكتاب السيد محمد الشريف والضمان علينا ضمان غرم الدلال في المكتوب [؟] كاتب محمد الدهرى شهد بذلك ابراهيم احمد سعودي الحنفى شهد بذلك احمد يقين [بقيه؟] الشنطورى".

Ownership and History:

Possibly an effaced ownership statement on 'title page' (p.3) now covered by a slip of paper ; oval seal impression possibly dated 1263 [1846 or 7] (reads "هو الباقي وانا عبده") accompanies colophon on p.419 ; extensive marginal glosses ; occasional corrections and notabilia (side heads) ; collation marks and statement on p.419 ("قد تم المقابلة").

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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05 Süleyman Edip el-Kayserî, fl. 1729, scribe. 05 سليمان اديب القيصري، ناسخ.

Former Owner(s):

Unidentified-Can you help supply this information? Please comment!

In Collection:

Yahuda Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,II 441 no.15 ; SII 655

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

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