Isl. Ms. 578


al-Sirājiyah,[905?, i.e. 1499 or 1500].السراجية,[905ه؟، 1499 أو 1500م؟].


Sajāwandī, Sirāj al-Dīn Muḥammad ibn Muḥammad,12th cent.سجاوندي، سراج الدين محمد بن محمد.

Place/Date of Production:

[1499 or 1500?].


71 leaves :paper ;183 x 142 (87 x 64) mm.


Elegant copy of the celebrated work on the law of inheritance by Sirāj al-Dīn Muḥammad ibn Muḥammad al-Sajāwandī (fl. 12th cent.), with extensive marginal and interlinear glosses.

Other Title(s):

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Inheritance and succession (Islamic law)--History--15th century--Sources.
Inheritance and succession (Islamic law)--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.




Ms. codex.
Title from inscription on upper board lining.


"الحمد لله حمد الشاكرين والصلوة والسلام على خير البرية محمد واله الطيبين الطاهرين قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم تعلموا الفرائض وعلموها الناس ..."


"يرث بعضهم من بعض الا مما ورث كل واحد منهم من مال صاحبه"


"Scribal," reads " تمت الكتاب بحمد الله وحسن توفيقه على يد عبد الضعيف المذنب [؟] الى رحمة الله تعالى وقع الفراغ في تاريخ اول رجب سنة وتسعون وخمس مائة [؟] صاحبه ومالكه علي بن عبدي [؟] تاريخ سنة 905 [؟]"


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Physical Details:

i, 8 IV(64), III+1 (71), i ; almost exclusively quaternions ; catchwords present ; foliation in black ink, Hindu-Arabic numerals ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes flyleaves and inserts).


Written in 3-5 lines per page, with allowance for extensive interlinear and marginal glosses arranged artisitically in geometric shapes ; frame-ruled.


Nastaʻlīq (talik) ; elegant Turkish [?] hand ; serifless with tilt to the right and slight effect of words descending to baseline, elongation and exaggerated thickness of horizontal strokes, freely ligatured ; colophon in script approaching taʻlīq.


Keywords, section headings and abbreviation symbols rubricated ; written area of first few leaves surrounded by red rule-border (through p.19) ; numerous diagrams (in red and black ink) tracing inheritance arranged artistically in margins.


non-European laid paper with 8 laid lines per cm. (vertical) and chain lines (horizontal) grouped in threes with 8-10 mm. between chains and 34-49 mm. between groups (see p.66, etc.) ; fairly thick, dense and sturdy, quite well-burnished.


Pasteboards covered in dark brown leather ; Type II binding (with flap) ; board linings in laid paper ; upper and lower covers carry blind-stamped scalloped mandorla (filled with vegetal composition, compare Déroche class. OAi 4), along with tooled border in a series of rules ; sewn in dull pink or beige thread, two stations ; endbands virtually gone though traces of headband remain ; overall in somewhat poor condition with much abrasion, lifting and losses of leather, some pest damage, etc.

Accompanying Materials:

a. Acquisitions slip from Yahuda (pp.1-2) -- b. Inventory cataloguing slip in hand of Winifred Smeaton Thomas (pp.3-4) -- c. Numerous inserts carrying glosses (pp.11-12, 39-40, 49-50, 51-52, 57-58, 59-60, 111-112, 153-154, 155-158 [bifolium]).

Former Shelfmarks:

From interior of upper cover and spine label "IL 160" (likely supplied by Yahuda, see acquisitions slip).


As appears below colophon on p.167, transcription likely completed 905 [1499 or 1500], with the date given in numerals (numeral khamsah looking like an inverted 'B' and numeral ṣifr looking like a closed hāʼ) ; paper, etc. and birth notices on p.168 are consistent with this dating. Colophon indicates that the copy was executed by the owner, one ʻAlī ibn ʻAbdī [?] (علي بن عبدي), though the text of the colophon seems to read "...وقع الفراغ في اول رجب سنه و تسعون [؟] و خمس مائة" indicating first of Rajab 591 [ca. 11 June 1195] as a date of completion. This may represent a mistake on the part of the copyist with "... اول رجب سنه خمس وتسعمائة ..." (or something to that effect) being the intended reading. In such a case the copy may be dated to 1 Rajab 905 [ca. Febrary 1500]. Alternatively, the colophon may have been copied verbatim from another manuscript.

Ownership and History:

Bookprice on upper board lining ; oval seal impression (fairly illegible) on front flyleaf verso (p.6) ; effaced statement and large almond-shaped seal impression on 'title page' (p.9) ; kabīkaj invocation [?] on 'title page' (p.9) in red ink, reads "كبى كج ..." ; extensive marginal and interlinear glosses ; talismanic inscription on p.168 ; four birth statements on p.168, for Yaʻqūb dated 924? [1518 or 19?], for Yūsuf dated 945 [1538 or 9], for Aḥmad dated 951 [1544 or 5], and for Maḥmūd 956 [1549 or 50].

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05 ʻAlī ibn ʻAbdī, fl. 1499?, scribe, former owner. 05 علي بن عبدي، ناسخ، مالك سابق.

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In Collection:

Yahuda Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,I 378-379Ḥājjī Khalīfah. Kashf al-ẓunūn,iii 590, no.7093

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Posted by evyn on September 9, 2010
Tags: Arabic MSS, Fully Catalogued, Yahuda Collection

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