Shelfmark:

Isl. Ms. 523

Title:

al-Ḥirz al-thamīn lil-Ḥiṣn al-ḥaṣīn,[1122, i.e. 1710].الحرز الثمين للحصن الحصين,[1122ه، 1710م].

Author:

Qārī al-Harawī, ʻAlī ibn Sulṭān Muḥammad,d. 1605 or 6.قارى الهروي، علي بن سلطان محمد.

Place/Date of Production:

[1710].

Size:

230 leaves :paper ;220 x 170 (158 x 90) mm.

Summary:

Fine copy of al-Qārī al-Harawī’s (d.1605 or 6) commentary al-Ḥirz al-thamīn on al-Jazarī’s (d.1429) al-Ḥiṣn al-Ḥaṣīn, a devotional work with ḥadīth employed for prayer. Includes contents listing for an introduction on prayer and dhikr at opening (pp.8-9) and a brief text included by the copyist of the exemplar at close (pp.461-463).

Other Title(s):

Title from inscription on front flyleaf:شرح حصن الحصين للهرويTitle from 'title page' (p.11):شرح حصن الحصين المسمى بالحرز الثمين

Subject(s):

Islam--Prayers and devotions--Early works to 1800.
Hadith.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Ibn al-Jazarī, Muḥammad ibn Muḥammad,--1350-1429.--Ḥiṣn al-ḥaṣīn min kalām Sayyid al-Mursalīn.
Muḥammad,--Prophet,--d. 632--Early works to 1800.

Language:

Arabic.

Notes:

Ms. codex.
Title from opening on p.12.

Incipit:

"الحمد لله الذي جعل ذكره حصنا حصينا من كل باب ودعاه حرز امينا للثواب ... اما بعد فيقول افقر عباد الله الغني واحوجهم الى كرمه الوفي ولطفه الحفي علي بن سلطان محمد الهروي ... ان هذا شرح متوسط غير مخل ولا ممل للعالمين على كتاب الحصن الحصين لشيخ القراء والمحدثين .... الشيخ محمد بن محمد بن محمد الجزري ... وسميته بالحرز الثمين للحصن الحصين حيث يبين ضبظ مبانيه ..."

Explicit:

"ولكن المعتمد انه يحصل اصل السنة بذكر الرجل او المرأة والله الهادي الى الصواب واليه المرجع والمآب"

Colophon:

"Scribal," triangular, reads "نجز شرح الحصن الحصين لشيخ الاسلام ... محمد بن محمد بن محمد الجزري الشافعي ... ورضي الله عن شارحه فانه اجاد فيما اتى به وكان لهذا الحصن كمسك الختام لانه قد فتح مغلقه وابان رموزه وحل مشكله اسكنه الله اعلى فراديس الجنان ... وكان ذلك على يد احقرعباد الله واحوجهم الى غفرانه احمد بن محمد بن مرزا الحنفي ... وكان تحريرا في يوم الجمعة ثالث عشر محرم الحرام سنة الف ومائة واثنين وعشرين تمت م م م"

Dedication:

Can you help transcribe the dedication? Please comment!

Contents:

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

Physical Details:
Collation:

i, 4 (4), 22 V(224), III (230) ; almost exclusively quinions ; four added leaves at opening ; final leaf left blank ; catchwords present ; foliation in black ink, Hindu-Arabic numerals ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes inserts, added leaves and flyleaves).

Layout:

Written in 25 lines per page ; frame-ruled.

Script:

Naskh ; small, clear 'Syrian' or Turkish hand [?] in a medium line ; extensively seriffed with right-sloping head-serifs, quite rounded with curvilinear descenders, slight inclination to the left, point of nūn set deep in bowl, kāf mashqūqah preferred (even final kāf), and pointing in distinct dots and strokes.

Decoration:

Some keywords, abbreviation symbols, section headings and text being commented upon rubricated ; other keywords, section headings and notabilia (side-heads) large and bolded (often set apart even) in black, blue or green ink ; textual dividers in the form of inverted commas in red.

Support:

European laid paper with 12 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 18-20 mm. apart (horizontal), and watermark of grapes (raisin) under cartouche with "B ♥ A" [?] and crown (see p.42, 43, etc.) ; thin and transluscent though sturdy, medium cream in color, well-burnished ; some ink burn.

Binding:

Pasteboards covered in dark brown leather ; Type II binding (with flap) ; board linings in untinted paper ; upper and lower covers carry tooled border ; sewn in yellow thread, two stations, many broken ; overall in poor condition with staining and abrasion, lifting and losses of leather, moisture damage, upper cover detaching, fore edge flap far too small, etc.

Accompanying Materials:

a. Acquisitions slip from Yahuda (pp.1-2) -- b. Scrap tag with title (pp. 37-38) -- c. Insert with notes (pp.349-50).

Former Shelfmarks:

From inner front cover and spine label, "IL 98b" (likely supplied by Yahuda, see acquisitions slip).

Origin:

As appears in colophon on p.460, copied by Aḥmad ibn Muḥammad ibn Mīrzā [?] al-Ḥanafī with transcription completed 13 Muḥarram 1122 [March 1710].

Ownership and History:

Ownership statement on added leaf (p.3) in name of al-Sayyid Yāsīn indicating that he is gifting the book to his son Khayr Allah reads "وهبت هذا الكتاب لابني السيد خير الله وقبضت لاجل ولايتي من طرفه اللهم بارك له بالعلم والعمل حرره الفقير السيد يس المدرس ... [؟] عفي عنه" accompanied by his seal (oval) ; on further added leaf (p.6), a listing of three birth notices (for the aforementioned Khayr Allah, 3 Ramaḍān 1152 [ca. 4 December 1739], Khalīl, 26 Dhū al-Ḥijjah 1155 [ca. 21 February 1743] and ʻAbd al-Hādī, 4 Rajab 1165 [ca. 18 May 1752]) likely entered for his sons by the aforementioned al-Sayyid Yāsīn ; ownership statement on 'title page' (p.11) in name of Zayn al-ʻĀbidīn of Damascus reads "تملكه الفقير السيد زين العابدين القاضي [التاجر ؟] يومئذ بدمشق الشام عفي عنه" ; occasional marginal corrections and notabilia (side-heads).

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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Scribe(s):

05 Aḥmad ibn Muḥammad ibn Mīrzā al-Ḥanafī, fl. 1710, scribe. 05 احمد بن محمد بن ميرزا الحنفي، ناسخ.

Former Owner(s):

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

In Collection:

Yahuda Collection.

References:

Brockelmann, C. GAL,II 203 no.19 cmtre b. ; II 396

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

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