Isl. Ms. 541


[Juzʼ min al-Dhakhīrah al-Burhānīyah,15th century?].[جزء من الذخيرة البرهانية,القرن 15م؟].


Marghīnānī, Maḥmūd ibn Aḥmad,1156 or 7-1219 or 20.مرغيناني، محمود بن احمد.

Place/Date of Production:



410 leaves :paper ;270 x 195 (205 x 130) mm.


Fine copy of an acephalous odd volume of a treatise on Ḥanafī law, opening in Kitāb al-Daʻwá and concluding with the final faṣl of Kitāb al-Hibah wa-al-Ṣadaqah. Though Yahuda identifies the work as Ṭāhir ibn Aḥmad al-Bukhārī's Khulāṣat al-fatāwá, the content and arrangement suggest Maḥmūd ibn Aḥmad ibn ʻAbd al-ʻAzīz ibn ʻUmar ibn Māzah al-Bukhārī al-Marghīnānī's summary of his own al-Muḥīṭ al-Burhānī fī al-fiqh al-Nuʻmānī. Preceeded by table of contents.

Other Title(s):

Dhakhīrah al-Burhānīyah.Selectionsذخيرة البرهانية.مختاراتTitle from inscription at head of table of contents on fol.1a (p.1):جزء من خلاصة الفتاوىTitle from inscription on upper doublure:خلاصة الفتاوى جزء منه


Islamic law--Sources--Early works to 1800.
Hanafites--12th century.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Marghīnānī, Maḥmūd ibn Aḥmad,--1156 or 7-1219 or 20.--Muḥīṭ al-Burhānī fī al-fiqh al-Nuʻmānī.--Abridgment.




Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloguer.


"كذلك [؟] وانما اذ عينتم من ميراث امكم فاذ [؟] جاء بوجه يكون له فيه من قوله ..."


"وانما يكون لوالده اخر التعليم والارشاد وقال بعضهم حسناته تكون لابويه فالله اعلم تم كتاب الهبة والصدقة ويتلوه كتاب الاجازة"


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Kitāb al-Daʻwá -- Kitāb al-Iqrār -- Kitab al-Ṣulḥ -- Kitāb al-Muḍārabah -- Kitāb al-Wadīʻah -- Kitāb al-ʻĀriyah -- Kitāb al-Hibah wa-al-ṣadaqah.
كتاب الدعوى -- كتاب الاقرار -- كتاب الصلح -- كتاب المضاربة -- كتاب الوديعة -- كتاب العارية -- كتاب الهبة والصدقة.

Physical Details:

I (2), IV-1 (9), 11 IV(97), V (107), III (113), 15 IV(233), IV (240), 21 IV(408), I (410), i ; chiefly quaternions ; quire numbering in Hindu-Arabic numerals occasionally visible, though most likely lost to trimming (see p.339) ; middle-of-quire marks in the form of oblique strokes either in all four corners or in the upper outer corner of the right-hand leaf and lower outer corner of the left-hand leaf ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals (supplied during digitization, mistakenly repeats pp.476-477, includes back flyleaf).


Written in 23 lines per page ; frame-ruled (impression of ruling board evident).


Naskh, quite possibly Iraqi ; mainly serifless ; alifs sometimes have an S-shape and usually have a left foot ; bar (shaqq) of the kāf is a separate stroke, such that it terminates to the left of the ascender ; counters are generally tightly closed, such that the waw looks more like a rāʼ ; final yāʼ in word fī is mardūdah ; sparingly pointed.


Section headings and abbreviation symbols (such as mīm used as a fullstop) are rubricated ; overlining in red.


non-European (Arab or Persian) laid paper with vertical laidlines, 20 laidlines in 30 mm. and chain lines possibly in alternating sets of 3 and 2 (set of 3, 15-16 mm. apart, with 27 mm. between sets ; set of 2, 18 mm. apart with 32 mm. between sets ; set of 3, 15-18 mm. apart with 33 mm. between sets) ; There are no definitive matches in Humbert, but the relatively short distance between sets suggests a possible resemblance to the 15th cent. Shīrāzī and Iṣfahānī papers in Table VII (see Humbert, pp.46-47) ; paper of the table of contents (p.1-4) supplied on another Oriental laid paper with chain lines difficult to discern ; back flyleaf is in a European laid paper, though with no visible watermarks.


Pasteboards covered in dark brown leather, with envelope flap in light brown leather ; Type II binding (with flap) ; both upper and lower doublures in dark red leather ; appears to have been cobbled together, with the flap and both the upper and lower covers coming from distinct bindings ; upper cover carries a rectangular geometric design with tooled fillets outlining alternating bands of tooled crosses and a vegetal hour-glass shaped stamp all surrounding a central array of squares (7 x 3) filled with additional tooled cross motifs ; entire panel is accented with gold-tooled dots lower cover carries a vestigial mandorla, visible where the boards were apparently re-covered ; envelope flap carries a partial border of fillets and repeated stamp impressions, two gold-tooled stamps, a single gold fillet, and a gold-tooled shamsah with four nodes and a field of quasi-knotwork stamps ; sewn in white thread, four stations, with some threads broken ; endbands in poor condition with tailband virtually gone and headband significantly damaged ; in poor condition with much abrasion, cracking, lifting and losses of leather (particularly at spine and edges of upper and lower covers), delamination of boards, etc. ; repairs in a few light brown leathers ; housed in box for protection.

Accompanying Materials:

a. Inventory cataloguing slip in hand of Winifred Smeaton Thomas. -- b. Acquisitions slip from Yahuda.

Former Shelfmarks:

From inscription on inner front cover and spine label, "IL 112a" (likely supplied by Yahuda, see acquisitions slip).


Lacks dated colophon ; paper suggests early 15th century and a dated statement on p.820 provides a rough terminus ante quem of 6th or 8th [?] Muḥarram 848 [April 1444].

Ownership and History:

Oval waqf-seal impression in the margin on p.17 and on back flyleaf (p.821) reads "من الكتب التي اوقفها الشيخ محمد التمامي [؟] ..." ; notice on p.820 dated 6th or 8th [?] Muḥarram 848 [April 1444] penned by Muḥammad Ḥājjī Ṭālib ; price on p.820 ; glosses, notabilia and marginal corrections in a few different hands throughout.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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Former Owner(s):

Yahuda, A. S., former owner.

In Collection:

Yahuda Collection.


Humbert, G. "Papiers non-filigranés utilisés au proche-orient jusqu'en 1450: essai en typologie."Journal asiatique, 286, no.1 (1998): 1-54.Brockelmann, C. GAL,I, 375 (18/2)

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

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