Isl. Ms. 466


[Juzʼ min Tafsīr Abī al-Layth al-Samarqandī,14th century?].[جزء من تفسير ابي الليث السمرقندي,القرن 14م؟].


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

Place/Date of Production:



88 leaves :paper ;225 x 172 (180 x 130) mm.


Fine copy of an extract from the commentary on the Qurʼān by Abū al-Layth al-Samarqandī (d.983?) covering the latter part of Sūrat al-Tawbah (9) from verse 101 through the opening of Sūrat al-Kahf (18) through verse 21. Inscriptions in red and green ink (possibly supplied by Yahuda) on front flyleaf (p.2) lists contents.

Other Title(s):

Baḥr al-ʻulūm.Selectionsبحر العلوم.مختاراتTitle from inscription on front flyleaf (p.2):من تفسير ابي الليث السمرقندي


Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Koran--Commentaries--Early works to 1800.




Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloguer.


"الوافر قوله تعالى وممن جولكم من الاعراب منافقون معنى الاعراب الذين حوالي المدينة ومن اهل المدينة وهو عبد الله بن ابي واصحابه مردوا على النفاق ..."


"ان الساعة ايته [؟] لا ريب فيها اذ يتنازعون بينهم امرهم معنى اذ يختلفون فيما بينهم وقال بعضهم"


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Physical Details:

i, 11 IV(88), i ; exclusively quaternions ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes flyleaves).


Written in 25 lines per page ; frame-ruled (impression of misṭarah evident).


Naskh ; 'Syrian' or Egyptian hand ; serifless with effect of tilt to the right, many closed counters, only casually pointed (pointing for two and three dots in distinct dots), fairly rounded with curvilinear descenders, kāf mashqūqah preferred ; somewhat freely ligatured.


Overlining in red.


non-European (likely Arab) laid paper with 7-8 laid lines per cm. (horizontal) and chain lines grouped in threes or irregular threes and twos with 9-14 mm. between chains and 38-45 between groups (vertical, curved, see pp.56, 58, 68) ; quite dense and sturdy though crisp with many inclusions and undissolved fibers, lightly burnished ; staining and tidelines ; front flyleaf in wove paper ; back flyleaf in European laid paper.


Boards covered in shell 'marbled' paper (mainly in green-blue, brown and red) with red leather over spine ; Type III binding (without flap) ; board linings in untinted wove paper ; resewn in heavy cream thread, two stations (originally four) ; overall in somewhat poor condition with much abrasion, lifting and losses of paper, delamination of lower board, gash in head of textblock, etc.

Accompanying Materials:

a. Acquisitions slip from Yahuda -- b. Inventory cataloguing slip in hand of Winifred Smeaton Thomas.

Former Shelfmarks:

From inner front cover and spine label, "IL 53" (likely supplied by Yahuda, see acquisitions slip).


Lacks dated colophon ; hand, paper, etc. would suggest 14th century.

Ownership and History:

Marginal glosses and corrections ; possible effaced former owners' mark at opening on p.3 (appears to be dated 1208 [1793 or 4].

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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Former Owner(s):

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In Collection:

Yahuda Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GALI 196 (6/1)Ḥājjī Khalīfah. Kashf al-ẓunūn,ii 352, no. 3209Humbert, G. "Papiers non filigranés utilisés au Proche-Orient jusqu’en 1450: essai de typologie." Journal asiatique, 286, no. 1:1-54.Brit. Mus. Suppl.,97

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

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