Isl. Ms. 520


Zubdat al-naṣāʼiḥ,[late 17th century?].زبدة النصائح,[اواخر القرن 17م؟].


ʻUthmān ibn Muṣṭafá.عثمان بن مصطفى.

Place/Date of Production:



11 leaves :paper ;210 x 147 (155 x 70) mm.


Clear copy of a commentary on pious precepts (Naṣāʼiḥ al-Imām min jawāmiʻ al-kalim) attributed to al-Imām al-Aʻẓam, Abū Ḥanīfah al-Nuʻmān ibn Thābit (d.767).

Other Title(s):

Title from inscription on 'title page' (p.3)كتاب زبدة النصائح :وهو شرح نصائح الامام الاعظم من جوامع الكلم


Hanafites--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Abū Ḥanīfah,--d. 767 or 8.--Naṣāʼiḥ al-Imām min jawāmiʻ al-kalim.




Ms. codex.
Title from opening on p.4.


"لحمد لله الذي ارسل رسول محمد بالكتاب والسنة عليه الصلوة والسلام من الله والملائكة والامة ... اما بعد فيقول العبد الضعيف المذنب المعترف بالعجز والتقصير عثمان بن مصطفى المعلق بمحبة الله وحبيبه المصطفى لما كان نصائح الامام من جوامع الكلم اردت شرحها وكشفها بالكلم وسميته زبدة النصائح وقديما كان يختلج في صدري ان اشرحها ولكن لم يساعدني الزمان والآن نشاء سبب داع الى الشرح والبيان وهو الايجاء والالحاح من اختص الاخوان ..."


"وان تموت بقلب سليم ان الله غفور رحيم استئناف تعليلي بحسن الظن وغلبة الرجاء الحمد لله حمدا كثيرا على الاتمام والصلوة والسلام على نبينا محمد واله الكرام"


"Authorial," triangular, reads "تم تأليفه بين الصلوتين في اليوم السادس والعشرون [كذا] من شهر رمضان في سنة تسع وخمسين والف من الهجرة النبوية ... انك انت الوهاب تمت"


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Physical Details:

V+1 (11) ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes insert).


Written in 21 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Nastaʻlīq (talik) ; Turkish hand in a bold line ; virtually serifless with effect of tilt to the right, only very slight effect of words descending to baseline, mainly closed counters, exaggerated thickness of horizontal strokes, some sweeping descenders, pointing in strokes, letterforms characteristic of nastaʻlīq.


Keywords and abbreviation symbols rubricated ; textual dividers in the form of red discs ; overlining in red.


European laid paper with 9 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 26 mm. apart (horizontal), watermark of scrollwork / coat of arms with three bars (see p.8, etc. and compare Armoiries (16) A. Indéterminées dated 1673-1717 in Velkov, Les Filigranes dans les documents Ottomans) and "S S" under trefoil countermark (see p.15, etc. and compare nos. 233, 238, 246, 259, and 265a dated 1669-1684 in Nikolaev, Watermarks of the Ottoman Empire, vol. 1).


Wove paper cover (green, single sheet, limp binding without boards) ; sewing damaged with threads broken or lost ; cover ill-fitting and in poor condition with significant staining, abrasion, tears, etc.

Accompanying Materials:

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

Former Shelfmarks:

From inner front cover and label on lower cover, "IL 154" (likely supplied by Yahuda, see acquisitions slip).


As appears in colophon on p.24, composition completed 26 Ramaḍān 1059 [October 1649]. Brockelmann gives the date of composition as 1039 [1629] (GAL I 168 "XVI. Naṣāʼiḥ mit Cmt. Zubdat an-N. v. ʻOṯmān b. Muṣṭafá, voll. 1039/1629"). Date of transcription for this copy unspecified though paper suggests latter 17th century.

Ownership and History:

Marginal and interlinear corrections.

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Former Owner(s):

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In Collection:

Yahuda Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,I 168 (XVI.) ; S I 287Velkov, Asparouh. Les Filigranes dans les documents Ottomans: divers types d’images. Sofia: Éditions "Texte - A. Trayanov", 2005.Nikolaev, Vsevolod. Watermarks of the mediaeval Ottoman documents in Bulgarian libraries. In Watermarks of the Ottoman Empire, volume 1. Sofia: Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 1954.

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

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