Shelfmark:

Isl. Ms. 604

Title:

Kitāb fī faḍāʼil al-Shāfiʿī,[1034, i.e. 1625].كتاب في فضائل الشافعي,[1034ه، 1625م].

Author:

Rāzī, Fakhr al-Dīn Muḥammad ibn ʻUmar,1149 or 50-1210.رازي، فخر الدين محمد بن عمر.

Place/Date of Production:

[1625].

Size:

164 leaves :paper ;195 x 148 (165 x 97) mm. bound to 200 x 155 mm.

Summary:

Fine copy of the well-known hagiographical work by Fakhr al-Dīn al-Rāzī (d.1210) on the life and merits of al-Imām Abū ʻAbd Allāh Muḥammad ibn Idrīs al-Shāfiʻī (d. 820), the eponym of the Shāfiʻī school (madhhab).

Other Title(s):

Manāqib al-Imām al-Shāfiʻīمناقب الامام الشافعي

Subject(s):

Shafiites--Biography--Early works to 1800.
Practice of law (Islamic law)--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Shāfiʻī, Muḥammad ibn Idrīs,--767 or 8-820--Early works to 1800.

Language:

Arabic.

Notes:

Ms. codex.
Title from 'title page' (p.1).

Incipit:

"قال الشيخ الامام ... فخر الملة والدين ابو عبد الله محمد بن عمر الرازي برد الله مضجعه الحمد لله الذي لا خالق للاشياء الا هو ولا رازق للاحياء الا هو ... اما بعد فقد سألني جماعة من افاضل الاصحاب والكابر الانساب ان اصنف مختصرا ملخصا من فضائل الشافعي المطلبي رضي الله عنه وفي ترجيح مذهبه فصنفت هذا المختصر ..."

Explicit:

"فنثبت ان الذي طنوه [؟] حجة لهم فهو حجة لنا عليهم والله اعلم واعلم ان الفرض [في] تعيين المسائل وتعديدها لا يليق بهذا الكتاب ولما وصلنا الي هذا الموضع فلنقطع كلامنا وحامدين لله تعالى ومصليين على رسوله محمد المصطفى صلى الله عليه وسلم وعلى اله واصحابه وسلم تسليما كثيرا"

Colophon:

"Scribal," reads "على يد منصور العطار غفر له ولوالديه في عشرين ربيع الثاني من شهور سنة ۱۰۳۴"

Dedication:

Can you help transcribe the dedication? Please comment!

Contents:

Unidentified-Can you help supply this information? Please comment!

Physical Details:
Collation:

ii, V-1 (9), 15 V(159), II+1 (164), ii ; chiefly quinions ; quire numbering in the form of whole words in the upper outer corner of the opening recto of the second and third quire, thereafter in the form of Hindu-Arabic numerals (red or black ink) ; catchwords present though often lost to trimming ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization.

Layout:

Written in 21 lines per page.

Script:

Naskh ; clear 'Syrian' or Egyptian [?] hand ; virtually serifless (though occasional rightward serifs appear on freestanding alif, lām, etc.) and quite rounded, pointing in distinct dots, curvilinear descenders, kāf mashqūqah preferred (even final kāf), partially vocalized.

Decoration:

Keywords, section headings, and abbreviation symbols rubricated ; textual dividers in the form of red inverted commas or discs (occasionally in threes).

Support:

European laid paper with 8 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 26 mm. apart (horizontal), and anchor in circle with trefoil above watermark (see p.28, 29, etc.) ; dark cream in color, fairly crisp though sturdy, well-burnished to glossy (in vicinity of p.179 extremely smooth and glossy) ; some staining.

Binding:

Pasteboards covered in dark blue cloth with black leather over spine (quarter binding) ; Type III binding (without flap), approaching Western style (not flush with text block, etc.) ; pastedowns and flyleaves in brown wove paper ; upper and lower covers bear embossed emblems of the Ottoman Empire - upper cover, what appears to be the tuğra / ṭughrā of the sultan [Mahmut II ?] and lower cover, crescent and star ; resewn over cords in white thread, six stations ; overall in somewhat poor condition with spine leather lifting (printed waste used in spine lining and lower hinge), splitting and deteriorating, minor abrasion and staining of cloth, some spine slant (slightly cocked).

Accompanying Materials:

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

Former Shelfmarks:

From interior of upper cover "IL 270" (likely supplied by Yahuda, see acquisitions slip).

Origin:

As appears in colophon on p.323, copied by Manṣūr al-ʻAṭṭār [?] with transcription completed 20 Rabī II 1034 [January 1625].

Ownership and History:

Several ownership statements on 'title page' (p.1), at least four of them effaced (one dated 1279 [1862 or 3]), and one legible in name of ʻAbd al-Raḥmān ibn Pīr [?] al-Sankawī [Sangāwī ?] ( عبد الرحمن بن پير السنكوى [؟] ) ; collation marks and notes ("لغ مقابلة على حسب الطاقة والامكان", etc.) on verso of final leaf of practically every quire ; marginal corrections (with signes de renvois) ; added excerpts at close "كتاب فيه مسائل ابي حاتم رضي الله عنه" (pp.326-328).

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

Unidentified-Can you help supply this information? Please comment!

Scribe(s):

04 Manṣūr al-ʻAṭṭār, fl. 1625, scribe. 04 منصور العطار, ناسخ.

Former Owner(s):

Unidentified-Can you help supply this information? Please comment!

In Collection:

Yahuda Collection.

References:

Brockelmann, C. GAL,I 506 (no.1)Ḥājjī Khalīfah. Kashf al-ẓunūn,vi 149, no.13014

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Posted by evyn on September 19, 2010
Tags: Arabic MSS, Fully Catalogued, Yahuda Collection

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