Shelfmark:

Isl. Ms. 534

Title:

Mūḍiḥ al-ṭarīq wa-qusṭās al-taḥqīq,[late 16th or early 17th century].موضح الطريق وقسطاس التحقيق،[اواخر القرن 16 او اوائل القرن 17م].

Author:

Būnī, Aḥmad ibn ʻAlī,d. 1225.بوني، احمد بن علي.

Place/Date of Production:

[1570-1633].

Size:

140 leaves :paper ;278 x 190 (193 x 117) mm.

Summary:

Fine copy of the work on the most beautiful names of God (al-asmāʼ al-ḥusná) attributed to Aḥmad ibn ʻAlī al-Būnī (d.1255). Appears to end abruptly.

Other Title(s):

Edge title (tail):شرح اسماء الحسنىTitle from inscription on 'title page' (p.5):شرح الاسماء الحسنىTitle from opening on p.6:موضحا للطريق وقسطاس التحقيقكتاب علم الهدى واسرار الاهتداء في فهم معنى سلوك اسماء الله الحسنىKitāb ʻIlm al-hudá wa-asrār al-ihtidāʼ fī fahm maʻná sulūk asmāʼ Allāh al-ḥusnáʻIlm al-hudáعلم الهدىMuwaḍḍiḥ al-ṭarīq wa-qisṭās al-taḥqīq

Subject(s):

God (Islam)--Name--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.

Language:

Arabic.

Notes:

Ms. codex.
Title from inscription on 'title page' (p.5) and opening matter on p.6.

Incipit:

"الحمد لله الذي رسم دقائق الحقائق في لطائف صحف الاسرار واطلع شمس المعرفة من غيب الغيب ضياء للبصائر ... اما بعد ايها الطالبون السالكون القاصدون المحققون لما سأل سائلكم كيف السلوك بحقائق الاسماء وترتيب درجاتها في معارج الارتقاء ... فاجبت سائلكم [؟] بلسانكم ونطق لسان بياني بحقيقة بناتكم علي ان معارف الحقائق قد دثرت [؟] رسومها وانظمت علومها وعدت فهومها لعدم الناصح ... وسميت هذا الكتاب موضحا للطريق وقسطاس التحقيق ..."

Explicit:

"ثم يدعوا بهذا الدعاء اللهم يا من بيده مفاتيح الغيوب ... وان يهون على ما اسالك في السلاوك اليك انك جواد كريم رؤوف رحيم فان قدح الله في باطنك القيام ... فاعلم ان اسباب السعادة قد برزت اعلامها ... وان يسر فهمه على كل من طلب قصد"

Colophon:

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Dedication:

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Contents:

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Physical Details:
Collation:

14 V(140) ; exclusively quinions ; catchwords present except mid-quire ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes inserts).

Layout:

Written in 31 lines per page ; frame-ruled.

Script:

Naskh ; elegant, compact 'Syrian' or Turkish hand ; virtually serifless with very slight effect of tilt to the left, mainly curvilinear descenders, pointing mainly in distinct dots (though three dots represented by curved stroke), kāf mashqūqah preferred, some elongation of horizontal strokes and free assimilation of letters.

Decoration:

Keywords, section headings and abbreviation symbols rubricated.

Support:

European laid paper with 7-8 laid lines per cm. (horizontal), chain lines spaced 29 mm. apart (vertical), anchor in circle watermark with star or leaf above (65 mm. tall, see p.12, etc.), and "Z M" under trefoil countermark (see p.94, 98, etc., compare Ancre inscrite dans un cercle no.83A, pp.5, 92 in Velkov, Les Filigranes dans les documents Ottomans, appearing in a ms. copied in Istanbul, 1588) ; quite well-burnished to glossy, fairly thick and sturdy, dark cream in color.

Binding:

Pasteboards now covered in printed shell marbled paper (mainly in blue and brown) with tan leather over spine (quarter binding) and traces of brown leather at edges / turn-ins ; now Type III binding (without flap) ; board linings in untinted wove paper over manuscript 'waste' ; sewn in white or light blue thread, very tightly bound ; worked chevron endbands in turquoise and magenta, quite good condition ; overall in somewhat poor condition with much abrasion, lifting and losses of paper, delaminiation of boards, etc.

Accompanying Materials:

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

Former Shelfmarks:

From interior of upper cover and spine label "IL 179" (likely supplied by Yahuda, see acquisitions slip).

Origin:

Lacks dated colophon though reading / study notice on 'title page' (p.5) may provide a terminus ante quem of 1633 (first part of Muḥarram 1043) ; paper, hand, etc. suggest late 16th or early 17th century.

Ownership and History:

Reading / study notice on 'title page' (p.5) in name of Ibrāhim ibn Ṣāliḥ, appears to be dated early Muḥarram 1043 [July 1633] in Ḥalab (Aleppo), reads "طالع فيه فقير عفوه ... عبده المنكسر ... ابراهيم بن صالح المجاور [؟] بالحجازية بحلب المحمية غفر الله له ولوالديه ... ولعمري ان فيه بعض تحريف ... من تصحيف جرى ذلك وحرر في اوائل شهر محرم الحرام من شهور سنة ۴۳ والف هجرة نبوية على مهاجرها الف الف صلاة والف الف تحية" ; former owner's mark on p.279 and p.284 in name of Asım Efendi-zade (عاصم افندى زاده) ; occasional marginal corrections and notabilia (side heads).

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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Scribe(s):

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Former Owner(s):

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In Collection:

Yahuda Collection.

References:

Brockelmann, C. GAL,I 497-8 ; S I 910 (no. 5 and no. 24)Ḥājjī Khalīfah. Kashf al-ẓunūn,vi 259-60, no.13421, and iv 24, no.7463 [v.2 / 1033]Velkov, Asparouh. Les Filigranes dans les documents Ottomans: divers types d'images. Sofia: Éditions "Texte - A. Trayanov", 2005.

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

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