Isl. Ms. 585


Kitāb Sharāʼiʻ al-Islām,[1048, i.e. 1638].كتاب شرائع الاسلام،[1048ه، 1638م].


Muḥaqqiq al-Ḥillī, Jaʻfar ibn al-Ḥasan,1205 or 6-1277.محقق الحلي، جعفر بن الحسن.

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352 leaves :paper ;250 x 195 (140 x 100) mm.


Fine copy of the authoritative work on Shīʻī law by al-Muḥaqqiq al-Ḥillī (Muḥaqqiq-i Ḥillī), Najm al-Dīn Jaʻfar ibn Ḥasan (d.1277).

Other Title(s):

Sharāʼiʻ al-Islāmشرائع الاسلام


Islamic law--Interpretation and construction--Early works to 1800.
Shīʻah--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.




Ms. codex.
Title from inscription on front flyleaf (p.1).


"اللهم ان احمدك حمدا يقل في انتشاره حمد كل حامد ويضمحل باشتهاده جحد كل جاحد ... اما بعد فان رعاية الايمان توجب قضاء حق الاخوان ... ومن الاصحاب من عرفت الايمان من شأنه ... سألني ان املي عليه مختصرا في الاحكام ... متضمن رؤوس مسائل الحلال والحرام ..."


"ولو قيل يعقل عصبة [عصبته] المسلمون كان حسنا لان ميراثه له [لهم] على الاصح وحيث آتينا بما قصدناه ووفينا بما وعدناه فالحمد لله الذي جعلنا عند تبدد الاهواء وتعدد الاراء من المتمسكين بمذهب اعظم العلماء ... وان يجعلنا من خلصاء شيعتهم الداخلين في شفاعتهم انه ولي ذلك والقادر عليه"


"Scribal," reads "والحمد لله وقع الفراغ من تسويد هذا الكتاب الشريف وقت الظهر يوم الخميس خامس عشر شهر ربيع الاخر المعظم [؟] في شهور سنة ثمان واربعين والف من هجرة النبوية لاضعف عباد الله واحوجهم الى رحمة الله الملك العالي على رضا ابن حاجى ميرزا على هزار چربى اللهم حرم يديه على النار واحشره مع الائمة الابرار"


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Physical Details:

i, IV (8), III+1 (15), 16 IV(143), III (149), 25 IV(349), I+1 (352), i ; chiefly quaternions ; pages between sections left blank (first juzʼ ends on p.306 and second juzʼ opens with Kitāb al-Nikāḥ on p.308) ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes flyleaves and some inserts).


Written in 18 and 14 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Naskh ; fine Persianate hand, varying slightly in size and line thickness ; at opening, compact and mainly serifless with marked tilt to the left, many open counters, curvilinear descenders (some sweeping, i.e. final nūn, qāf, etc.), pointing in conjoined dots, some free assimilation of letters, kāf occasionally represented as vertical stroke with miniature kāf seated above ; from p.81 (where layout also changes from 18 to 14 lines per page), quite similar, initially partially seriffed, fairly vertical and generously spaced, while toward middle and close of the codex becoming increasingly compact, more frequently seriffed, with slight tilt to the left, subtle effect of words descending to baseline, and sweeping descenders.


Keywords and section headings often rubricated (in some sections simply large and bolded in same black ink).


non-European (likely Persian or Indian) laid paper mainly with 6 laid lines per cm. (vertical, fairly distinct) and no chain lines visible [?], thin and transluscent though sturdy, quite well-burnished, cloudy formation, deep beige in color ; another much denser and thicker type, also lighter in color with roughly 7 laid lines per cm. also appears (see p.88, etc.) ; extensive pages repairs to opening and closing sections in a crisp brown wove paper marked with 'imitation watermark' or embossed mark, "BATH" (see pp.3-4, pp.15-16, pp.725-726).


Pasteboards covered in black leather ; Type III binding (without flap) ; board linings in yellow-tinted laid paper ; now sewn in white thread, two stations ; worked chevron endbands in cream and light pink, good condition though with some damage to tailband ; overall in somewhat poor condition with much abrasion, lifting of spine leather, staining, etc.

Accompanying Materials:

a. Acquisitions slip from Yahuda -- b. Inventory cataloguing slip in hand of Winifred Smeaton Thomas -- c. Numerous inserts carrying notes, verses, etc., text of many in Persian, several in shikastah-nastaʻlīq, a few tinted blue, some once folded (paginated, pp.173-174, 207-208, 235-236, 343-344, 345-346, 393-394, 565-566, 585-586, 681-682, 683-684, 685-686, and 731-732).

Former Shelfmarks:

From spine label, interior of upper cover and front flyleaf (p.1), "IL 169a" (likely supplied by Yahuda, see acquisitions slip).


As appears in colophon on p.727 (partially lost due to page repair), copied by ʻAlī Riz̤ā ibn Ḥājjī Mīrzā ʻAlī Hazārʻcharbī with transcription completed 15 Rabīʻ II 1048 [August 1638].

Ownership and History:

Oval seal impression on 'title page' (p.5) and at close (p.727), only partially legible ; partial seal impression in lower outer corner of p.57 ; extensive marginal and interlinear glosses ; occasional corrections ; excerpts at opening of codex.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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05 ʻAlī Riz̤ā ibn Ḥājjī Mīrzā ʻAlī Hazārʻcharbī, fl. 1638, scribe. 05 على رضا ابن حاجى ميرزا على هزار چربى، ناسخ.

Former Owner(s):

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In Collection:

Yahuda Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,I 406Ḥājjī Khalīfah. Kashf al-ẓunūn,iv 20,

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Posted by evyn on September 29, 2010
Tags: Arabic MSS, Fully Catalogued, Yahuda Collection

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