Isl. Ms. 505


[Majmūʻat thalāth rasāʼil,968, i.e. 1561].[مجموعة ثلاث رسائل,968ه، 1561م].

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93 leaves :paper ;203 x 155 (167 x 113) mm. bound to 211 x 158 mm.


A collection of three mystical works copied together in succession by the same copyist including: Kitāb fī al-ṭarīqah (or al-Ṭarīq al-ḥamīd ilá Allāh) a Ṣūfī work attributed to al-Shādhilī (d.1258), followed by Kitāb al-Qawānīn or Sharḥ Maḥāsin al-majālis, a commentary attributed to Abū Isḥāq Ibrāhīm ibn Yūsuf al-Awsī al-Andalusī al-Mursī al-maʻrūf bi-Ibn al-Marʼah upon the celebrated Ṣūfī Ibn al-ʻArīf's (d.1141) Maḥāsin al-majālis, and closing with Shifāʼ al-ṣudūr wa-marātib al-ḥuḍūr or Bayān ḥaqīqat al-wuqūf ʻalá asrār al-ḥurūf a work on mysticism and the science of letters (ʻilm al-ḥurūf) attributed to Abū al-ʻAbbās Aḥmad ibn ʻAlī al-Būnī (d.1225).

Other Title(s):

كتاب القوانينبيان حقيقة الوقوف على كشف اسرار الحروف


Sufism--Early works to 1800.
Spiritual life--Islam--Early works to 1800.
Arabic alphabet--Religious aspects--Islam--Early works to 1800.
Mysticism--Islam--Early works to 1800.
Islamic occultism--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Ibn al-ʻArīf, Aḥmad ibn Muḥammad,--1088-1141.--Maḥāsin al-majālis.




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1. p.3-p.97 : Kitāb fī al-ṭarīqah / Abū al-Ḥasan ʻAlī ibn ʻAbd Allāh al-Shādhilī.
2. p.98-p.100 : [assorted excerpts including adʻaīyah attributed to al-Shādhilī, verses, etc.].
3. p.101-p.143 : Kitāb al-Qawānīn, wa-huwwa Sharḥ Maḥāsin al-majālis / Abū Isḥāq al-Andalusī al-Mursī al-maʻrūf bi-Ibn al-Marʼah.
4. p.144-p.188 : Shifāʼ al-ṣudūr wa-marātib al-ḥuḍūr, wa-fī nuskhah tusammá Bayān ḥaqīqat al-wuqūf ʻalá asrār al-ḥurūf / Abū al-ʻAbbās Aḥmad ibn ʻAlī al-Būnī.

Physical Details:

i, V-1 (9), 4 V(49), II+1 (54), 3 V(84), V-1 (93), i ; chiefly quinions ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes flyleaves).


Written in 20-21 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Naskh ; compact, somewhat angular 'Syrian' hand ; serifless and fairly vertical, mainly adhering to baseline though occasional effect of words descending to baseline, pointing in distinct dots or strokes, mainly closed counters, elongation of horizontal strokes and some descenders (particularly rāʼ, wāw, etc. in rectilinear fashion).


Keywords and section headings rubricated (orange-red ink).


European laid paper with 9-10 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 29 mm. apart (horizontal), and anchor in circle watermark with star above and "D" [?] below (see pp.30-31) ; some inclusions, well-sized and burnished.


Boards covered with maroon cloth ; Western style binding ; pastedowns and flyleaves in olive green wove paper ; upper and lower covers carry block-pressed design consisting of central medalion in the form of an oval with plumes, banners and scrollwork above and below, along with scrollwork border and cornerpieces ; sewn in white thread, two stations ; overall in fairly good condition though fully detached from the textblock ; housed in box for protection.

Accompanying Materials:

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

Former Shelfmarks:

From inner front cover and front flyleaf, "M 2" (possibly supplied by Yahuda, see acquisitions slip).


As appears in 'colophon' on p.3, transcription (kitābah / كتابة ) of first work begun 26 Jumādá II 968 [August 1561]. As appears in colophon on p.97, transcription of first work completed in 8 Rajab 968 [March 1561] and executed by Burhān al-Dīn ibn Aḥmad ibn Burhān al-Dīn ibn Aḥmad Zayn al-ʻĀbidīn al-Ḥusaynī al-Maʻarrī al-Ḥalabī al-Shāfiʻī al-Aḥmadī al-Shādhilī. As appears in colophon on p.144, transcription of second work completed by the same copyist ten days later, 18 Rajab 968 [April 1561]. As appears in colophon on p.188, transcription of final work completed by same copyist five days later, 23 Rajab 968 [April 1561].

Ownership and History:

Waqf statement on 'title page' for second work (p.101) in name of Muḥammad Saʻīd Āghā ( محمد سعيد اغا ) , accompanied by circular seal impression (likely dated 1167 [1753 or 4]), statement reads "وقفت وقفا صحيحا بحيث لا يباع وانا الفقير محمد سعيد اغا" ; occasional glosses and marginal corrections.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

02--Shādhilī, Abū al-Ḥasan ʻAlī ibn ʻAbd Allāh,--ca. 1196-1258.--Kitāb fī al-ṭarīqah.
02--شاذلي، ابو الحسن علي بن عبد الله.--كتاب في الطريقة.
03--Abū Isḥāq Ibrāhīm ibn Yūsuf al-Awsī al-Andalusī al-Mursī,--Ibn al-Marʼah.--Sharḥ Maḥāsin al-majālis.
03--ابو اسحاق ابراهيم بن يوسف الاوسي الاندلسي المرسي،--ابن المرأة.--شرح محاسن المجالس.
04--Būnī, Aḥmad ibn ʻAlī,--d.1225.--Shifāʼ al-ṣudūr wa-marātib al-ḥuḍūr.
04--بوني، احمد بن علي.--شفاء الصدور ومراتب الحضور.
كتاب القوانينبيان حقيقة الوقوف على كشف اسرار الحروف


05 Burhān al-Dīn ibn Aḥmad al-Ḥusaynī al-Maʻarrī al-Ḥalabī, fl. 1561, scribe. 05 برهان الدين بن احمد الحسيني المعري الحلبي, ناسخ.

Former Owner(s):

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In Collection:

Yahuda Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,I 449 ; S I 804Brockelmann, C. GAL,I 434 ; S I 776Baghdādī, Ismāʻīl Bāshā. Hadīyat al-ʻārifīn,5 / 743Brockelmann, C. GAL,I 497 ; S I 798, 910

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

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