Isl. Ms. 626


[al-ʻAwāmil al-miʻah maʻa al-ʻUnqūd maʻa Sharḥ al-ʻUnqūd,834, i.e. 1431].[العوامل المائة مع العنقود مع شرح العنقود,834ه، 1431م].


Jurjānī, ʻAbd al-Qāhir ibn ʻAbd al-Raḥmān,d. 1078?جرجاني، عبد القاهر بن عبد الرحمن.

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93 leaves :paper ;140 x 100 (95 x 57) mm.


Clear copy of al-ʻAwāmil al-miʼah [Miʼat ʻāmil], ʻAbd al-Qādir al-Jurjānī's (d. 1078?) popular manual of Arabic grammar, followed by al-ʻUnqūd, the metrical treatise (urjūzah) on Arabic grammar by Shams al-Dīn Muḥammad ibn ʻAbd Allāh al-Mawṣalī al-Khalīlī (d. 1334 or 5), followed by an anonymous commentary. A large number of birth and death notices are included throughout the codex.

Other Title(s):

Title from inscription on opening leaf (p.1):شرح العوامل والارجوزةEdge title (tail):شرح العواملʻUnqūd fī naẓm al-ʻuqūdعنقود في نظم العقودSharḥ al-ʻUnqūd fī naẓm al-ʻuqūdشرح العنقود في نظم العقود


Arabic language--Grammar--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Mawṣilī, Muḥammad ibn al-Ḥusayn,--d. 1334 or 5.--ʻUnqūd.




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1. p.1-p.11 : [poetic excerpt followed by an extensive listing of birth and death notices].
2. p.12-p.23 : [al-ʻAwāmil al-miʻah, or Miʻat ʻāmil] / ʻAbd al-Qāhir ibn ʻAbd al-Raḥmān al-Jurjānī.
3. p.24-p.42 : [al-ʻUnqūd fī al-naẓm al-ʻuqūd] / Shams al-Dīn Muḥammad ibn ʻAbd Allāh al-Mawṣalī al-Khalīlī.
4. p.43 : [originally left blank, now carries birth notice, reading/study statement, etc.].
5. p.44-p.185 : [Sharḥ al-ʻUnqūd fī naẓm al-ʻuqūd].
6. p.179-p.182 : [birth and death notices].
7. p.183-p.185 : [continuation of Sharḥ al-ʻUnqūd fī naẓm al-ʻuqūd].
8. p.186 : [notice for the copyist, Abū Bakr ibn Aḥmad ibn Ibrāhīm Ibn al-Ṣārim].

Physical Details:

III-1 (5), 8 V(85), III+2 (93) ; chiefly quinions ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization ; paginated with central bifolium of final quire lifted out and placed at end of textblock, hence mistaken pagination (i.e. p.178 is followed by 183, 184, 185, 186, 179, etc.) reflected in digital object.


Written in 11-12 lines per page ; hemistiches of al-ʻUnqūd in lines alternately justified to the right and left ; frame-ruled.


Naskh ; clear though angular Syrian hand in a thin to medium line ; partially seriffed with right-sloping head-serifs appearing mainly on free-standing alif and occasional initial lām, hooked serif on shaqq of kāf, effect of tilt to the right, many open counters, pointing in distinct dots, ihmāl sign on in the form of v-sign on letter sīn ; more compact and of thinner line in Sharḥ al-ʻUnqūd ; some passages vocalized, mainly text of al-ʻUnqūd.


Keywords, section headings, some vocalization, and text being commented upon rubricated ; textual dividers in the form of inverted commas (three or six) in red.


non-European (likely Arab) laid paper with 8-9 laid lines per cm running horizontally (visible though often quite faint) and chain lines running vertically possibly in groups of three (or groups of three and two) with 8-10 mm. between chains and roughly 41-47 between groups ; stiff and thick though crisp, well-burnished, fairly smooth, dark cream with some inclusions.


Pasteboards covered in dark brown leather ; Type II binding (with flap, though envelope flap now missing, only fore edge flap remains) ; doublures and interior of foreedge flap in brown leather with block-stamped vegetal composition (arabesque) ; upper and lower covers carry exquisite blind-tooled strapwork design with gold-tooled accents covering the entire panel, bordered rules outlining a series of s-shaped stamps and centered on a twelve-pointed star filled with a repeated rectangular pattern formed of a small lozenge-shaped stamp ; the same pattern fills the cornerpieces and elsewhere a small triangular stamp has been used to form the effect of a more detailed interlace pattern ; sewn in cream thread, two stations ; endbands virtually gone ; overall in poor condition with upper cover fully detached, fore edge flap detaching, envelope flap lost, significant abrasion, lifting and losses of leather (particularly at spine), some delamination of boards, staining, wax drips on lower doublure, etc. ; housed in box for protection.

Accompanying Materials:

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

Former Shelfmarks:

From recto of opening leaf (p.1) and spine label, "IL 209" (likely supplied by Yahuda, see acquisitions slip).


As appears in colophons on p.23, 42, and 185 copied for himself ("ʻallaqahā li-nafsih") by Abū Bakr ibn Aḥmad ibn Ibrāhīm ibn Muḥammad ibn Ismāʻīl Ibn al-Ṣārim (ابو بكر بن احمد بن ابراهيم بن محمد بن اسماعيل ابن الصارم) with transcription of the poem [al-ʻUnqūd] completed 4 Rajab 834 [March 1431] and transcription of the poem and its commentary completed 14 Shaʻbān 834 [April 1431]. A notice for the copyist appears on p.186, identifying him as a merchant (tājir) of Sūq Jaqmaq and indicating that he was born in 807 [1404 or 5], died 14 Jumādá II 888 [July 1483] and was buried in Bāb al-Ṣaghīr in Damascus.

Ownership and History:

Numerous birth and death notices, mainly from the family of the copyist, on upper doublure, opening and final leaves, etc. ; numerous collation notes ("بلغ مقابلة" etc.) and marks ; ownership statements (p.23 and p.185) and reading/study statements (p.43 and lower doublure) dated 1079 [1668 or 9] in name of Taqī al-Dīn al-Ḥiṣnī al-Ḥusaynī al-Shāfʻī (تقي الدين الحصني الحسيني الشافعي) who received the book from his mother's father, Zayn al-ʻĀbidīn ibn Sirāj al-Dīn (زين العابدين بن سراج الدين).

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

04--Mawṣilī, Muḥammad ibn al-Ḥusayn,--d. 1334 or 5.--ʻUnqūd.
04--موصلي, محمد بن الحسين,--عنقود.
05--ʻUnqūd fī al-naẓm al-ʻuqūd
05--عنقود في النظم العقود
ʻUnqūd fī naẓm al-ʻuqūdعنقود في نظم العقودSharḥ al-ʻUnqūd fī naẓm al-ʻuqūdشرح العنقود في نظم العقود


08 Ibn al-Ṣārim, Abū Bakr ibn Aḥmad, d. 1483, scribe. 08 ابن الصارم، ابو بكر بن احمد، ناسخ.

Former Owner(s):

09 Taqī al-Dīn al-Ḥiṣnī al-Ḥusaynī al-Shāfʻī, fl. 1668 or 9, former owner. 09 تقي الدين الحصني الحسيني الشافعي، مالك سابق.

In Collection:

Yahuda Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,I 287 ; S II 200 1aḤājjī Khalīfah. Kashf al-ẓunūn (ed. Fluegel),iv 278, no. 8419Ḥājjī Khalīfah. Kashf al-ẓunūn (ed. Fluegel),vi 270 (no. 8377)Bosch, Carswell, & Petherbridge. Islamic Bindings and Bookmaking (1981).

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Posted by evyn on September 23, 2010
Tags: Arabic MSS, Fully Catalogued, Yahuda Collection

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