Isl. Ms. 582


al-Ḥaṭṭāb ʻalá mushkilāt al-Risālah,[1040, i.e. 1630].الحطاب على مشكلات الرسالة,[1040ه, 1630م].


Ḥaṭṭāb, Yaḥyá ibn Muḥammad,d. 1585?حطاب، يحيى بن محمد.

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112 leaves :paper ;208 x 155 (150 x 100) mm.


Fine copy a collection of glosses compiled by the author from the glosses appearing in a manuscript belonging to his father, Muḥammad ibn Muḥammad al-Ḥaṭṭāb (d.1546?), of al-Risālah, the renowned Mālikī treatise by Abū Muḥammad ʻAbd Allāh ibn Abī Zayd al-Qayrawānī (d. 996). Tables of contents at opening (p.3 and p.5) and contents listing on p.9 indicate that this copy of the text was once part of a collection of works (majmūʻah).

Other Title(s):

Title from inscription on upper board lining:حاشية الحطاب على رسالة ابن ابي زيدḤāshiyat al-Ḥaṭṭāb ʻalá Risālat Ibn Abī ZaydTitle from inscription on front flyleaf recto (p.3):حاشية الشيخ الحطاب على رسالة سيدي عبد الله بن ابي زيد


Islamic law--Interpretation and construction--Early works to 1800.
Malikites--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Ibn Abī Zayd al-Qayrawānī, ʻAbd Allāh ibn ʻAbd al-Raḥmān,--10th cent.--Risālah.




Ms. codex.
Title from inscription on front flyleaf verso (p.4).


"... يقول العبد الفقير الى الله تعالى يحيى بن محمد بن محمد الحطاب المالكي لطف الله به امين الحمد لله رب العالمين والعاقبة للمتقين ... وبعد فالموجب لسطور هذا الاوراق اني رأيت نسخة الوالد محمد بن محمد الحطاب من رسالة سيدنا الشيخ الامام ... جمال الدين ابو عبد الله محمد [كذا] بن ابي زيد القيرواني ... محتوية على حواش جميلة متضمنة لتقييدات ... فاردت في هذه الاوراق جمع شملها ونظم عقدها ... جعلت ذلك تذكرة لنفسي ..."


"فيكون مستحبا ولما احتملت صلاته هذا الوجه توقف في ان يقول انه يكره انتهى بانتصار والله اعلم وهذا اخر ما يسر الله جمعه من الحواشي الموجودة جعل الله ذلك خالصا لوجهه الكريم ونفع به كما نفع باصله بجاه سيدنا محمد واله وصحبه وسلم تسليما ولا حول ولا قوة الا بالله العلي العظيم"


"Scribal," reads "وكان الفراغ من نسخه يوم الاحد اوائل صفر المعظم الخير من عام اربعين والف وصلى الله على سيدنا محمد وعلى اله وصحبه وسلم تسليما"


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1. p.3-p.11 : [contents listings, former owners' marks, various excerpts, etc. ; partially blank].
2. p.12- p.227 : Ḥāshiyat al-Ḥaṭṭāb ʻalá Risālat Ibn Abī Zayd / Yaḥyá ibn Muḥammad ibn Muḥammad al-Ḥaṭṭāb.
3. p.227-p.228 : [assorted excerpts, partially blank].

Physical Details:

II (4), 10 V(104), IV (112) ; chiefly quinions ; middle of the quire marks in the form of "٢" in outer margin of right-hand leaf ; catchwords present ; foliation in black ink, Hindu-Arabic numerals ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (some inserts paginated).


Written in 23 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Maghribī ; fine hand in heavy line with sweeping descenders, etc.


Keywords and abbreviation symbols rubricated ; textual dividers in the form of inverted commas in red and black.


European laid paper ; mainly with 10 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 25-27 mm. apart (horizontal), crown-star-crescent watermark (see p.18, 24, 62, etc.) and "B C" [?] under trefoil countermark (see p.20, etc.), sturdy and well-burnished ; at opening another type with 7 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 25-30 mm. apart (horizontal), and hand / glove watermark (see p.6), fairly thick and sturdy, only lightly burnished.


Pasteboards covered in brown leather ; Type II binding (with flap) ; board linings in pink-tinted laid paper ; upper and lower covers carry blind-stamped scalloped mandorla (filled with symmetrical vegetal composition, evoking cross) and tooled border (repeated floral motifs flanked by zig-zag pattern) ; design continues on flap ; sewn in cream thread, two stations ; worked chevron endbands in light blue and cream, significant damage at head and tail ; overall in quite poor condition with abrasion, staining, lifting and losses of leather (especially spine and flap), minor pest damage, almost fully detached at spine, etc. ; repairs to spine in brown leather.

Accompanying Materials:

a. Acquisitions slip from Yahuda -- b. Inventory cataloguing slip in hand of Winifred Smeaton Thomas (paginated pp.1-2) -- c. Insert with notes tipped in (paginated pp.47-48).

Former Shelfmarks:

From interior of upper cover and spine label, "IL 86" (likely supplied by Yahuda, see acquisitions slip).


As appears in colophon on p.227, transcription completed in the first days of Ṣafar 1040 [September 1630].

Ownership and History:

Ownership statement dated 1136 [1723 or 4] on p.9, partially effaced ; three purchase statements on p.11, first (partially effaced) in name of Ibrāhīm ibn Abī al-Qāsim ..[?].. al-Qayrawānī ( ابراهيم بن ابي القاسم القيرواني ) dated 1136 [1723 or 4], another in name of Aḥmad ibn al-Ḥājj Muḥammad al-Shillī (al-Shallī, احمد بن الحاج محمد الشلي ) dated Muḥarram 1235 [October 1819] and final in name of ʻUthmān ibn ... [?] (عثمان ...؟ ; effaced) dated 1317 [1899 or 1900] ; occasional glosses and marginal corrections.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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Former Owner(s):

05 Ibrāhīm ibn Abī al-Qāsim al-Qayrawānī, fl. 1723, former owner. 06 Aḥmad ibn Muḥammad al-Shillī, fl. 1819, former owner. 05 ابراهيم بن ابي القاسم القيرواني، مالك سابق. 06 احمد بن محمد الشلي، مالك سابق.

In Collection:

Yahuda Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,I 178 ; S I 301-301 ; S II 526University of Michigan Library. Manuscripts & papyri : an exhibition arranged for the XXVII International Congress of Orientalists, Ann Arbor, Michigan, August 13-19, 1967. (Ann Arbor, MI [?], 1967),no.73, p.20

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Posted by evyn on September 9, 2010
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