Isl. Ms. 470


al-Shāṭibīyah,[17th century?].الشاطبية,[القرن 17م؟].


Shāṭibī, al-Qāsim ibn Fīrruh,1144-1194.شاطبي، القاسم بن فيره.

Place/Date of Production:



60 leaves :paper ;175 x 130 (135 x 85) mm.


Fine copy of al-Shāṭibī's versification (ṭawīl, in 1173 verses) of al-Dānī's compendium of the seven readings, al-Taysīr, intended as a didactic poem which eases the task of memorization via a clever mnemonic device in the form of carefully introduced sigla. A table with these sigla and abbreviation symbols appears on the recto of the opening leaf of the codex (p.5). Table of contents on 'title page' (p.7) would indicate that this work was once part of a collection of texts from which it has been since separated.

Other Title(s):

Ḥirz al-amānī wa-wajh al-tahānīحرز الاماني ووجه التهاني


Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Dānī, ʻUthmān ibn Saʻīd,--981 or 2-1053.--Taysīr fī al-qirāʼāt al-sabʻ.
Koran--Readings--Early works to 1800.




Ms. codex.
Title from inscriptions on interior of upper cover and 'title page' (p.7).


"قال الشيخ الاجل الامام المقرئ ابو القاسم بن فيره بن خلف بن احمد الرعيني ثم الشاطبي رضي الله وارضاه بدأت ببسم الله في النظم اولا تبارك رحمانا رحيما وموئلا وثنيت صلى الله ربي على الرضى محمد المهدى الى الناس مرسلا"


"واخر دعوانا بتوفيق ربنا ان الحمد لله الذي وحده علا وبعد صلاة الله ثم سلامه على سيد الخلق الرضي متنخلا محمد المختار للمجد كعبة صلوة تباري الريح مسكا ومندلا وتبدي على اصحابه نفحاتها بغير ثناه زرنبا وقرنفلا كملت بحمد الله وعونه وحسن تأييده وصلى الله على سيدنا محمد و اله وسلم تسليما"


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Physical Details:

6 V (60) ; exclusively quinions ; catchwords inconsistently present ; quire signatures (numbering) in the form of full words in the top left corner of the recto of the first leaf of each quite ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes inserts).


Written in 11 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Naskh ; fine Turkish hand ; mainly sans serif though left sloping head-serif appears occasionally on alif of lām-alif ligature ; effect of tilt to the left ; many open counters ; pointing in distinct dots, with two dots occasionally oriented vertically ; fully vocalized ; section headings in larger curvilinear script approaching thuluth.


Section headings, keywords, and abbreviations (abbreviation symbols) rubricated ; textual dividers in the form of red discs.


non-European (likely Arab) laid paper with roughly 8-9 laid lines per cm. (vertical) and chain lines grouped in threes (horizontal) with roughly 8-11 mm. between chains and 36-39 mm. between groups ; well-burnished and quite smooth ; firm and fairly crisp.


Pasteboards covered in marbled paper (in shades of pink and blue) with red leather over spine and foreedge flap ; Type II binding (with flap) ; board linings in European laid paper ; sewn in grey thread, two stations ; overall in good condition with only minor abrasion, lifting and losses of leather.

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 inner front cover and spine label, "IL 169" (likely supplied by Yahuda, see acquisitions slip).


Lacks dated colophon ; paper and hand may suggest 16th century.

Ownership and History:

Ownership statement on 'title page' (p.7) in name of Aḥmad al-Muẓaffarī (who listed the contents for the majmūʻ this manuscript's work was once apart of) and Yaḥyá ibn Muḥammad al-Ashnānī (who purchased it from the former) reads "ملك هذا المجموع كاتبه احمد ... المظفري لطف الله به ملكه منه ببيع صحيح يحيى ابن محمد الاشناني لطف الله به امين" collation marks (بلغ) ; occasional glosses and marginal corrections.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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Former Owner(s):

Yahuda, A. S., former owner.

In Collection:

Yahuda Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GALI 409Ḥājjī Khalīfah. Kashf al-ẓunūn,iii 43

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Posted by evyn on September 16, 2010
Tags: Arabic MSS, Fully Catalogued, Yahuda Collection

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