Isl. Ms. 537


al-Quṭūf al-dawānī bi-sharḥ Basmalat al-Laqānī,[17th century?].القطوف الدواني بشرح بسملة اللقاني,[القرن 17م؟].


Shanawānī, Abū Bakr ibn Ismāʻīl,1551 or 2-1610 or 11.شنواني، ابو بكر بن اسماعيل.

Place/Date of Production:



172 leaves :paper ;208 x 155 (145 x 101) mm.


Careful copy of a commentary by Abū Bakr ibn Ismāʻīl al-Shanawānī (d.1610 or 11) upon a treatise on the basmalah by Nāṣir al-Dīn al-Laqānī (d.1550).

Other Title(s):

Edge title (tail):القطوف الدوانيTitle in GAL:Sharḥ Risālat al-basmalahشرح رسالة البسملة


Basmalah--Early works to 1800.
God (Islam)--Name--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Laqānī, Muḥammad ibn Ḥasan,--1468 or 9-1550.--Risālat al-basmalah.




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


"نحمدك اللهم على نعم لو ارام [لو رام] اللسان حصرها لوقع في حصر وعي ... وبعد فيقول المنكسر ... ابو بكر بن اسماعيل الشنواني ..."


"وخرج بالمتعلق بكيفية عمل المتعلق بغيرها كالمتعلق بذاته تعالى وصفاته وذوات المكلفين والجمادات لمدلول الله لا اله الا هو خالق كل شيء ولقد خلقناكم ويوم نسير الجبال تم تم تم"


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Physical Details:

16 V(160), VI (172) ; almost exclusively quinions ; pp.34-35 left blank (full lacuna, but apparently without missing text) ; final two leaves left blank ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization.


Written in 23 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Naskh ; angular Egyptian or 'Syrian' [?] hand ; virtually serifless (though head-serifs irregularly appear) with extension of horizontal strokes, pointing in distinct dots (apart from three dots, often instead represented by a curved stroke), and free assimilation of letters.


Keywords and abbreviation symbols rubrciated ; textual dividers in the form of red inverted commas, hāʼ, etc.


European laid paper with 8-9 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 26-28 mm. apart (horizontal), anchor in circle with trefoil above watermark (50 mm. tall, see pp.10-11, etc.), and "A C" under trefoil countermark (see p.13) ; sturdy, fairly thick, light cream in color, well-burnished to glossy.


Pasteboards covered in yellow-tinted laid paper with tan leather over spine and fore edge flap ; Type II binding (with flap) ; board linings in untinted laid paper ; sewn in cream thread, four stations, sewing gone from many quires ; endbands gone (traces of primaries) ; overall in poor condition with significant staining, moisture damage, abrasion, lifting and losses of paper and leather, delamination of boards, etc. ; cover fully detached from textblock.

Accompanying Materials:

a. Blank sheet of grid paper -- b. Inventory cataloguing slip in hand of Winifred Smeaton Thomas -- c. Acquisitions slip from Yahuda. -- d. Scrap of blue laid paper with "Not missing" in pencil (at lacuna between pp.34-35), possibly supplied by Yahuda.

Former Shelfmarks:

From interior of upper cover and fore edge flap label "IL 280a" (likely supplied by Yahuda, see acquisitions slip).


Lacks dated colophon ; paper, etc. suggests 17th century.

Ownership and History:

Ownership statement dated 1282 [1865 or 6] on 'title page' (p.1) in name of ʻAbd al-Salām al-Shaṭṭī al-Ḥanbalī (d.1295/1878, see al-Ziriklī, v.4 p.6) reads "الحمد لله تعالى في ملك افقر الوري الى الكريم المعطي الحنبلي القادري عبد السلام الشطي" ; marginal corrections ; occasional notabilia (side-heads), possibly in hand of ʻAbd al-Salām al-Shaṭṭī al-Ḥanbalī (see p.40, etc.).

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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Former Owner(s):

05 Shaṭṭī, ʻAbd al-Salām, former owner. 05 عبد السلام الشطي, مالك سابق.

In Collection:

Yahuda Collection.


Brocklemann, C. GAL,S II 495 ; S II 394Ziriklī, Khayr al-Dīn. al-Aʻlām, v.4, p.6 (1980 Beirut ed.)

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Posted by evyn on September 29, 2010
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