Isl. Ms. 540


Rāḥat al-ṣāliḥīn wa-ṣawāʻiq al-munāfiqīn,[1122, i.e. 1710].راحة الصالحين وصواعق المنافقين,[1122ه، 1710م].


Birgivî Mehmet Efendi,ca. 1522-1573.بركوى محمد افندي.

Place/Date of Production:



72 leaves :paper ;200 x 145 (150 x 98) mm.


Careful copy of a legal treatise on religious practice (ʻibādāt), possibly by Birgivî (Birkawī, Birgilī) Mehmet Efendi (see Brockelmann, GAL II 440-442 no.13).

Other Title(s):

Title from heading on p.12:كتاب راحة الصالحين


Islamic law--Interpretation and construction--Early works to 1800.
Islam--Customs and practices--Early works to 1800.
Muslims--Conduct of life--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.




Ms. codex.
Title from inscription on 'title page' (p.7) and opening matter on p.18..


"الحمد لله الذي علمنا الشرائع والاحكام وخلصنا بنور العلم من ظلم الشبهة والاوهام ... وبعد فاني اردت ان ابين الفرائض والواجبات والسنن والمستحبات لينتفع المؤمنون والمؤمنات ويصلون بها في الجنة الى اعالي الدرجات وسميته راحة الصالحين وصواعق المنافقين ..."


"ابو الليث وغيره قال جامع الحروف في هذه الظروف جمعت هذا الكتاب بعون الملك الوهاب لنيل الاجر والثواب وصلى الله على سيدنا محمد واله اجمعين امين يا رب العالمين"


"Scribal," triangular, reads "تمت في شهر ربيع الاخر اثنى وعشرون مائة الف سنه ۱۱۲۲"


Can you help transcribe the dedication? Please comment!


1. p.7-p.11 : Fihrist Kitāb Rāḥat al-ṣāliḥīn wa-ṣawāʻiq al-munāfiqīn / Birgivî Mehmet Efendi.
2. p.12-p.149 : Kitāb Rāḥat al-ṣāliḥīn / Birgivî Mehmet Efendi.

Physical Details:

6 V(60), VI (72) ; almost exclusively quinions ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes inserts).


Written in 17 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Naskh ; clear Turkish or 'Syrian' hand ; partially but irregularly seriffed with right-sloping head-serif mainly on free-standing alif, effect of tilt to the left, occasional effect of words descending to baseline, curvilinear descenders, some free assimilation of letters, pointing in conjoined dots or strokes, point of final nūn set above or just inside narrow bowl.


Keywords and section headings rubricated ; textual dividers in the form of hāʼ in red ; overlining in red.


European laid paper mainly with 11 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 26 mm. apart (horizontal), three hats watermark (see p.10, 146, etc.) and "P Z" under trefoil countermark (see p.18, etc.), thin and transluscent though sturdy ; a few bifolia in another type with 7 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 28 mm. apart (horizontal), and three crescents watermark (77 mm. long, perpendicular to chains, see p.142, etc.)., sturdy and thick ; all quite well burnished.


Pasteboards covered in light pink-tinted laid paper with black leather over spine ; Type III binding (without flap) ; board linings in untinted laid paper ; sewn in pink thread, two stations ; overall in poor condition with significant abrasion, lifting and losses of paper and spine leather, delamination of boards, staining, etc.

Accompanying Materials:

a. Acquisitions slip from Yahuda (pp.1-2) -- b. Inventory cataloguing slips in hand of Winifred Smeaton Thomas (pp.3-6).

Former Shelfmarks:

From interior of upper cover and spine label "IL 134" (likely supplied by Yahuda, see acquisitions slip).


As appears in colophon on p.149, transcription completed Rabīʻ II 1122 [June 1710].

Ownership and History:

Former owners' marks on 'title page' (p.7) include ownership statement dated 1201 [1786 or 7] in name of Osman, müftü in Diyarbakır (آمد) and son of Ebubekir Efendi, Kuçuk Ahmetzade (d.1776, see Osmanlı müellifleri vol.2, p.311) accompanied by his oval seal impression (statement reads "من كتب الفقير اليه عز شأنه عثمان المفتى بمدينه آمد ابن ابو بكر افندى كجوك احمد زاده عفي عنهم") and another statement reading "عثمان افندى" ; occasional marginal and interlinear corrections.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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Former Owner(s):

07 Osman bin Kuçuk Ahmetzade Ebubekir Efendi, fl. 1786, former owner. 07 عثمان بن كجوك احمد زاده ابو بكر افندى، مالك سابق.

In Collection:

Yahuda Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,II 441 (no.13)

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

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