Shelfmark:

Isl. Ms. 502

Title:

al-Ḥabāʼik fī akhbār al-malāʼik,[late 17th or early 18th century?].الحبائك في اخبار الملائك,[اواخر القرن 17م او اوائل القرن 18م؟].

Author:

Suyūṭī,1445-1505.سيوطي.

Place/Date of Production:

[1680-1740?].

Size:

93 leaves :paper ;250 x 140 (180 x 80) mm.

Summary:

Elegant copy of al-Suyūṭī's (d.1505) compilation of ḥadīth on angels followed by another very brief treatise of his entitled Rafʻ al-ṣawt bi-dhabḥ al-mawt. Contributions to the cataloguing from Ali Rafi.

Other Title(s):

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

Subject(s):

Angels--Islam--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.

Language:

Arabic.

Notes:

Ms. codex.
Title from opening on p.6.

Incipit:

"الحمد لله جاعل الملائكة رسلا اولى اجنحة مثنى وثلاث ورباع ... فهذا تأليف لطيف جمعته في اخبار الملائكة الابرار ... وسميته الحبائك في اخبار الملائك ..."

Explicit:

"والمعقبات فى قوله تعالى له معقبات من بين يديه ومن خلفه اتنهى ذلك والله تم الكتاب بعون الملك الوهاب"

Colophon:

Can you help transcribe the colophon? Please comment!

Dedication:

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Contents:

1. p.6-p.187 : al-Ḥabāʼik fī akhbār al-malāʼik / Abū al-Faḍl ʻAbd al-Raḥmān ibn Abī Bakr Jalāl al-Dīn al-Suyūṭī.
2. p.188-p.189 : Rafʻ al-ṣawt bi-dhabḥ al-mawt / Abū al-Faḍl ʻAbd al-Raḥmān ibn Abī Bakr Jalāl al-Dīn al-Suyūṭī.

Physical Details:
Collation:

ii, 9 V(90), I+1 (93), ii ; almost exclusively quinions ; middle of the quire marks in the form of an oblique stroke in the lower outer corner of the left-hand leaf ; catchwords present ; foliation in black ink, Hindu-Arabic numerals ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes flyleaves).

Layout:

Written in 27 lines per page ; frame-ruled.

Script:

Naskh ; elegant and compact Egyptian or Turkish [?] hand ; extensively seriffed with right-sloping head-serifs on most ascender letters (even free-standing alif), slight effect of tilt to the left, mainly closed counters, freely ligatured, curvilinear descenders (some sweeping), pointing in distinct dots, partially vocalized.

Decoration:

Illuminated headpiece (ʻunwān) at opening on p.6 consisting of a rectangular piece with empty gold cartouche flanked by swirling floral vegetal decoration in white, lavender, and gold on fields of blue and green, surmounted by a scalloped semi-circular piece (dome) with floral vegetal motifs in blue, dark pink, white, lavender, green, and black on a gold ground itself surmounted by undulating vegetal motifs resembling leaves and even feathers in gold, green and blue ; keywords rubricated ; text of written area surrounded by frame consisting of gold band with black fillets and outermost blue fillet ; textual dividers in the form of red discs.

Support:

non-European (likely Persian or Indian) laid paper with 9 laid lines per cm. (horizontal, curved) and chain lines rarely visible ; well-burnished, beige in color, thin and transluscent though quite sturdy ; flyleaves in European laid paper (outer green surface-dyed) with "[La] Stella" and "[G e ] C. Cini" (compare paper of A43. MS. Shelley c. 7 dated 1821-22 in Barker-Benfield, Shelleyan writing materials in the Bodleian Library, pp.53-54).

Binding:

Pasteboards covered in red leather ; Type II binding (with flap) ; board linings in untinted laid paper ; upper and lower covers carry blind stamped mandorla (filled with vegetal composition having vertical and horizontal symmetry, similar to Déroche class. OSd 8) and pendants along with tooled rosette accents and border in a series of s-shaped stamps ; sewn in dark blue thread, two stations ; worked chevron endbands in dark blue and cream [?], only headband intact ; overall in good condition with minor abrasion, staining, 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 98" (likely supplied by Yahuda, see acquisitions slip).

Origin:

Lacks dated colophon ; paper, etc. may suggest late 17th or early 18th century. Seal impression on 'title page' provides only approximate terminus ante quem of 1739 ; ownership statement on 'title page' provides terminus ante quem of 1753.


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Ownership and History:

Possible former inventory mark on upper board lining ; ownership statement on 'title page' (p.5) in name of al-Ḥājj Muṣṭafá ibn Ibrāhīm Āghā Shaykhbandarʻzādah (Mustafa bin İbrahim Şeyhbenderzade) accompanied by octagonal seal impression (with inscription "خاك نعلين محمد سرمه چشم مصطفى" and date 1151 [1738 or 9]), statement reads "تملكه افقر الورى الى ربه عز وجل الحاج مصطفى ابن المرحوم ابراهيم اغا شيخبندر زاده غفر الله لهما وللمسلمين اجمعين امين" ; another ownership statement on 'title page' (p.5) dated 1166 [1752 or 3] reads "تملكته بعون الله سنه ١١٦٦" ; ownership statements on pp.189-190 in name of Ahmet Müeyyet Azamzade (السيد احمد مؤيد عظم زاده), statement on p.189 dated 1242 [1826 or 7] and accompanying oval seal impression "السيد احمد مؤيد" ; rare marginal correction (see p.90).

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

04--Suyūṭī,--1445-1505.--Rafʻ al-ṣawt bi-dhabḥ al-mawt.
04--سيوطي,--1445-1505.--رفع الصوت بذبح الموت.

Scribe(s):

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

Former Owner(s):

05 Mustafa bin İbrahim Şeyhbenderzade, fl. 1738, former owner. 06 Ahmet Müeyyet Azamzade, fl. 1826, former owner. 05 مصطفى بن ابراهيم شيخبندر زاده, مالك سابق. 06 احمد مؤيد عظم زاده، مالك سابق.

In Collection:

Yahuda Collection.

References:

Brockelmann, C. GAL,II, 147, no. 51Ḥājjī Khalīfah. Kashf al-ẓunūn,iii 13, no.4493Barker-Benfield, B.C. Shelleyan writing materials in the Bodleian Library : a catalogue of formats, papers, and watermarks. In The Bodleian Shelley manuscripts, v.23. London: Routledge, 2002.

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

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Ali Rafi (student of master of Iranian Studies - Manuscripts research and codicology)) on paragraph 25:

Correction about the statement of title page (p.5). it should be so:
تملکه افقر الوری الی ربه عزوجل الحاج مصطفا ابن المرحوم ابراهیم آغا شیخبندر زاده غفر الله لهما و للمسلمین اجمعین آمین
and the Persian phrase which is represented in octagonal stamp seal is so:
خاک نعلین محمد سرمه چشم مصطفی
An small date is also to see under the word “Mustafa” in this phrase in Hindu-Arabic Numbers which i read it so: 1101 (=1690 BC) or 1151 (=1739 BC)

On pp.189 is also to read:
هذا الکتاب الحبایک فی اخبار الملایک و ایضاً رسالت فیرفع الصوت بذبح الموت و لاثنان للحافظ جلال الدین سیوطی رضی الله عنه و قد تملکه السید احمد مؤید عظم ذده (=زاده) سنه 1242
and an stamp seal is also to see with this name: السید احمد موید

On pp.190 is also to read:
الحبایک فی اخبار (الوارد عن؟) الملایک ملکه الحقیر السید احمد بیک الموید عظم ذاده

Due to these statement it should be possible that the first owner of book is Mustafa ibn Ibrahim Aqa Sheikhbandarzade and the last owner is Seyyed Ahmad(-beyk) Moayyed Azam (Azm) -Zade whose name looks like the Turkish names during Ottoman Empire period.

February 4, 2012 1:27 pm

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