Isl. Ms. 577


Khizānat al-fiqh,[1142, i.e. 1730].خزانة الفقه,[1142ه, 1730م].


Abū al-Layth al-Samarqandī, Naṣr ibn Muḥammad,d. 983?ابو الليث السمرقندي، نصر بن محمد.

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102 leaves :paper ;213 x 163 (155 x 110) mm.


Clear copy of the handbook of Ḥanafī law by Abū al-Layth al-Samarqandī.

Other Title(s):

Edge title (tail):خزانة الفقهTitle from rubricated heading on incipit page (p.4):هذا كتاب خزانة الفقهTitle from inscription on 'title page' (p.3):خزانة الفقه


Islamic law--Interpretation and construction--Early works to 1800.
Hanafites--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.




Ms. codex.
Title from opening matter on p.4 and closing matter on p.208.


"الحمد لله رب العالمين والصلوة والسلام على سيدنا محمد واله وصحبه الطيبين الطاهرين اعلم ان الفقه علم حسن وهو اجل العلوم وهو علم الدين والشريفة وقوام الشريفة به ... وقد اجتمع فيه فضائل الفقه معدودة الاجناس مجموعة النظائر تسهيلا في التحفظ وتيسرا للفهم ... وسميته خزانة الفقه ..."


"فقال ما دام احد الحرام ليس اعمل بالحلال يكفر تمت الكتاب بعناية الله المرشد بالصواب واليه المرجع والمآب المسمى بخزانة الفقه عن تأليف الشيخ العالم الزاهد الفقيه المحقق والمدقق ابو الليث السمرقندي رحمة الله عليه وعلى جميع الفقهاء الدين [كذا] الصالحين والمشايخ الكبار والصغار من امة محمد عليه الصلوة والسلام الى يوم الحشر والقيام"


"Scribal," triangular, reads "قد تمت كتابة هذه [كذا] المجلد المبارك في يوم الثالث عشر شهر شوال سنة الف مائة اثنين واربعين تم تم تم"


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Physical Details:

10 V(100), 2 (102) ; almost exclusively quinions ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes inserts).


Written in 15 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Naskh ; clear Turkish hand ; partially seriffed with occasional left-sloping head-serif on joined alif, marked tilt to the left, occasional descent of words to baseline, mainly curvilinear descenders, pointing in conjoined dots or strokes, freely ligatured (point of final nūn often assimilated with bowl, etc.).


Section headings and keywords rubricated ; occasional textual divider in the form of hāʼ in red.


European laid paper mainly with 6 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 28 mm. apart (horizontal), and watermarks of three crescents (88 mm. long, perpendicular to chains, see p. 32, 33, etc.) and six mounts with cross above and text beneath (see p.30, 35, 154, etc. and compare Monts - Six monts imbriqués nos.6-9 in Velkov, Les Filigranes dans les documents Ottomans) ; medium cream in color, sturdy and well-burnished ; some staining.


Pasteboards covered in tan leather ; Type III binding (without flap) ; board linings in yellow laid paper ; upper and lower covers carry stamped mandorla and pendants (with now greenish onlays), as well as tooled rule-border ; sewn in white thread, two stations ; worked endbands mainly gone though traces of tailband remain ; overall in poor condition with lifting and losses of leather (especially at spine), much abrasion and staining, upper cover detaching, etc.

Accompanying Materials:

a. Acquisitions slip from Yahuda (paginated pp.1-2) -- b. Insert with notes (paginated pp.95-96).

Former Shelfmarks:

From interior of upper cover and spine label "IL 110" (likely supplied by Yahuda, see acquisitions slip).


As appears in colophon on p.208, transcription completed 13 Shawwāl 1142 [May 1730].

Ownership and History:

Many marginal and interlinear corrections.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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Former Owner(s):

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In Collection:

Yahuda Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,I 196 (no.2)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 9, 2010
Tags: Arabic MSS, Fully Catalogued, Yahuda Collection

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