Shelfmark:

Isl. Ms. 578

Title:

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

Author:

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

Place/Date of Production:

[1499 or 1500?].

Size:

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

Summary:

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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Subject(s):

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

Language:

Arabic.

Notes:

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

Incipit:

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

Explicit:

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

Colophon:

"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 [؟]"

Dedication:

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Contents:

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Physical Details:
Collation:

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).

Layout:

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

Script:

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.

Decoration:

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.

Support:

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.

Binding:

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).

Origin:

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].

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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Scribe(s):

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

Former Owner(s):

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In Collection:

Yahuda Collection.

References:

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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