Isl. Ms. 533


Sharḥ Ḥizb al-Nawawī,[mid 18th century?].شرح حزب النووي,[اواسط القرن 18م].


Fāsī, Muḥammad ibn al-Ṭayyib,1698 or 9-1756 or 7.فاسي، محمد بن الطيب.

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69 leaves :paper ;198 x 126 (116 x 64) mm.


Elegant copy of a commentary by Muḥammad ibn al-Ṭayyib ibn Muḥammad al-Fāsī (d.1756) on the Ḥizb (liturgy, prayers) of Abū Zakarīyā Yaḥyá ibn Sharaf al-Nawawī (d. 1277), followed by a condensed version of the Ḥizb (p.142).

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Islam--Prayers and devotions--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.




Ms. codex.
Title from inscription on 'title page' (p.5).


"يا من احزابه لم تزل مؤيدة على الاعداء منصورة ... وبعد فقد سألني بعض نجباء الاصحاب المولعين بقرأة الاحزاب ان اقيد على حزب الامام الكبير العارف بالله تعالى محيي الدين ابي زكريا يحيى ابن شرف النووي ... ما يكون لحفاظه كالشرح لالفاظه ..."


"فمن زحزح عن النار وادخل الجنة فقد فاز بالنصير وجاء الفتح"


"Authorial," triangular, reads "قال مؤلفه عبد الله تعالى الفقير الى عفوه ومغفرته محمد بن الطيب بن محمد الفاسي ثم المدني كان الله له وجعله ممن لولائه اهله وافق الفراغ منه ضحوة الاثنين التاسع من صفر الخير عام اثنين وخمسين ومائة والف بمنزلي بالمدينة المنورة تحت المنارة السليمانية من المسجد النبوي الشريف صلى الله وسلم على مشرفه وعلى اله وصحبه انتهى بحمد الله ..."


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Physical Details:

6 V(60), IV+1 (69) ; almost exclusively quinions ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes inserts).


Written in 15 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Naskh ; elegant 'Syrian' or Turkish hand ; mainly seriffed with right-sloping head-serifs on most ascender letters (including free-standing alif), slight effect of tilt to the left, curvilinear descenders, pointing in strokes (or conjoined dots) rather than distinct dots, etc.


Keywords and section headings rubricated ; textual dividers in the form of red inverted commas ; written area of incipit and facing page surrounded by gold rule-border, elsewhere surrounded by red rule-border.


European laid paper mainly with 10 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 23 mm. apart (horizontal), and watermarks including wreath with vase [?] (see p.8, etc.), crown and grapes (see p.35), and "FIN DE P CARTELIER A PERU ... 1743 [?]" ; another type with 12 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 23 mm. apart (horizontal), and watermark of grapes (raisin) with cartouche and crown above (see p.132, 134, 135, 137, etc.) ; beige in color, thin and transluscent though quite sturdy, well-burnished to glossy.


Pasteboards (quite thin, semi-limp) covered in red leather ; Type III binding (without flap) ; board linings in untinted laid paper ; upper and lower covers carry tooled border in gold ; sewn in yellow thread, two stations ; sewn in light yellow thread, two stations ; only primaries (in light pink) remain of endbands ; overall in fair condition with staining, abrasion, etc.

Accompanying Materials:

a. Acquisitions slip from Yahuda (pp.1-2) -- b. Inventory cataloguing slip in hand of Winifred Smeaton Thomas (pp.3-4).

Former Shelfmarks:

From interior of upper cover and label on lower cover "IL 190" (likely supplied by Yahuda, see acquisitions slip).


As appears in colophon on p.141, composition completed by the author, Muḥammad ibn al-Ṭayyib ibn Muḥammad al-Fāsī al-Madanī, 9 Ṣafar 1152 [May 1739] in his house in Medina under al-Minārah al-Sulaymānīyah of the Prophet's mosque (المسجد النبوي). Date of transcription for this copy not specified, though paper, etc. suggests mid 18th century, possibly ca. 1743.

Ownership and History:

Relatively clean copy with only a few marginal corrections ; possible former inventory mark with excerpt on 'title page' (p.5).

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In Collection:

Yahuda Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,I 397 (no. XXII) ; S I 685 (XXII. cmt. no.4) ; S II 522

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

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