Isl. Ms. 569


Naẓm al-Jamīʻ al-ṣaghīr,[late 15th century?].نظم الجامع الصغير,[اواخر القرن 15م؟].


Farāhī, Badr al-Dīn Maḥmūd ibn Abī Bakr,d. 1242 or 3.فراهي، بدر الدين محمود بن ابي بكر.

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62 leaves :paper ;216 x 155 (155 x 95) mm.


Fine copy of Abū Naṣr al-Farāḥī's (d.1242) versification of al-Jamīʻ al-ṣaghīr fī al-furūʻ, the well-known legal treatise by Muḥammad ibn al-Ḥasan al-Shaybānī (d.804). Excerpts from Kashf al-ẓunūn addressing these two works appear on leaf affixed to 'title page' (p.5).

Other Title(s):

Lumʻat al-badrلمعة البدرTitle from tail edge inscription:جامع الصغير


Islamic law--Early works to 1800.
Hanafites--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Shaybānī, Muḥammad ibn al-Ḥasan,--ca. 750-804 or 5.--Jāmiʻ al-ṣaghīr.




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


"الحمد لله مزكي الشمس والقمر والى البرية ذي الاقدار والقدر ..."


"وما عودي بمنحوت ولما تقدم لي تقوم به الطعان لسبعة عشرة ومائين ست سنين [؟] احد لي هذا السنان ضحى يوم الخميس مدى جمادى الاخيرة حين باخ المعمعان لابيات الكتاب لها حساب لرغبة [؟] اخي فهذا الترجمان"


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Physical Details:

IV-1 (7), 6 IV(55), IV-1 (62) ; almost exclusively quaternions ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes inserts).


Written in 9 and 12 lines per page with written area divided to two columns to set off the verses.


Naskh with elements of nastaʻlīq (talik) ; clear Turkish hand in a bold line ; virtually serifless with effect of tilt to the right, slight effect of words descending to baseline, elongation of horizontal strokes, casually pointed in strokes rather than distinct dots, alif maqṣūrah and final yāʼ often mardūdah, hāʼ looking like two inverted commas, kāf mashqūqah preferred (even final kāf), freely ligatures.


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European laid paper of perhaps several types ; opening type with 9 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 28 and 37 mm. apart (horizontal), and scissors watermark (63 mm. tall, see p.10, 11, etc.) ; next type with 10 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 26 and 36-38 mm. apart (horizontal) and much smaller scissors watermark (see p.32) ; another type with 9 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 29 and 38 mm. apart (horizontal), and shears watermark (see p.90, 91, etc.) ; all sturdy, fairly transluscent and well-burnished ; some staining.


Fiber boards (upper cover now lost) covered in shell marbled paper (mainly in blue, red, yellow, white) with red leather over spine and fore edge flap ; Type II binding (with flap) ; no board linings (i.e., interior of boards not lined, hinges and turn-ins only) ; sewn in grey-brown thread, two stations ; endbands have sustained significant losses but grey-brown primaries over red core still visible ; overall in quite poor condition with upper cover entirely lost, spine lining and leather almost gone, some abrasion and staining, etc. ; housed in board wrapper for protection.

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 'title page' (p.5) and envelope flap label "IL 395a" (likely supplied by Yahuda, see acquisitions slip).


Lacks dated colophon ; paper, etc. would suggest late 15th century.

Ownership and History:

Extensive marginal and interlinear glosses ; occasional corrections ; among statements in Turkish at close (p.128), statement mentioning "فخر النواب مولانا ادريس المقحم" and date 1st Rabīʻ [?] 1010 [ca. 30 August or 29 September 1601].

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Former Owner(s):

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In Collection:

Yahuda Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,I 172 (IV. vers. b.)Ḥājjī Khalīfah. Kashf al-ẓunūn,v 336, ii 559,

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

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