Isl. Ms. 549


[al-Juzʼ al-awwal min Sharḥ Majmaʻ al-baḥrayn,15th century?].[الجزء الاول من شرح مجمع البحرين,القرن 15م؟].


Ibn al-Sāʻātī, Aḥmad ibn ʻAlī,1254-1294 or 5.ابن الساعاتي، احمد بن علي.

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187 leaves :paper ;265 x 190 (205-225 x 140-145) mm.


Fine copy of the first part (from Kitāb al-Ṭahārah to Kitāb al-Hibah) of Muẓaffar al-Dīn Aḥmad ibn ʻAlī Ibn al-Sāʻātī’s commentary on his own compendium of Ḥanafī law, based on the Mukhtaṣar of al-Qudūrī (d.1037) and the Manẓūmah of al-Nasafī (d.1142). Incomplete, ending abruptly before the conclusion of Kitāb al-Hibah. Contents listing on opening leaf (p.1).

Other Title(s):

Sharḥ Majmaʻ al-baḥrayn.juzʼ 1شرح مجمع البحرين.جزء 1Title from inscription on upper board lining:شرح مجمع البحرينTitle from inscription at opening (p.4):هذا كتاب شرح لمجمع البحرين للمصنف


Islamic law--Interpretation and construction--Early works to 1800.
Hanafites--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Ibn al-Sāʻātī, Aḥmad ibn ʻAlī,--1254-1294 or 5.--Majmaʻ al-baḥrayn.




Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloguer.


"الحمد لله وسلام على عباده الذين اصطفى اما بعد فانه لما كان علم الفقه من اشرف ما نيطت به عزائم ذوي الهمم ... جمعت كتابا وسميته بمجمع البرحين وملتقى النيرين ... كان السيد الامير المعظم ... شرف آل عباس عبد الله بن الامير ابي هاشم يوسف ابن الامير ابي قاسم عبد العزيز بن الامام ابي جعفر المستنصر بالله امير المؤمنين ... استدعني بان امل له شرحا مختصرا يهدي ..."


"اما ههنا فالشيوع لا ينفك عن الثلث الموهوب ولا عن الثلثين فلا ينفك"


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Physical Details:

18 IV(144), IV+1 (153), IV (161), V (171), 2 IV(187), i ; chiefly quaternions ; leaf split in the 19th quire (see pp.296-297) and text supplied (in a different hand) on the interior ; catchwords present but usually cut off (i.e. lost to trimming) ; foliation in black ink, Hindu-Arabic numerals ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes insert).


Written in 29 to 31 lines per page.


Naskh ; elegant, small, compact Turkish or 'Syrian' hand ; serifless with curvilinear descenders (some sweeping), only casually pointed with pointing in strokes rather than distinct dots, elongation of horizontal strokes, occasional effect of words descending to baseline, point of final nūn set deep in bowl, kāf mashqūqah preferred (even final kāf).


Some section headings rubricated.


non-European (likely Arab) laid paper with 8 laid lines per cm. (horizontal) and chain lines (vertical) likely grouped in threes with 8-12 mm. between chains and 42-50 mm. between groups (see p.92, 164, 166, 258, etc.) ; sturdy and quite well-burnished to glossy, somewhat cloudy formation with some inclusions.


Pasteboards covered in brown and cream mottled paper (sponge painted or faux marbled look) with dark teal cloth over spine and fore edge flap ; Type II binding (with flap) ; board linings in indigo wove paper ; now sewn in white thread, six stations ; patterned stuck-on endbands ; overall in fair condition with minor abrasion, delamination of boards at corners, spine slant (slightly cocked), etc.

Accompanying Materials:

a. Acquisitions slip from Yahuda -- b. Slip with title (paginated pp.61-62).

Former Shelfmarks:

From interior of upper cover and spine label "IL 216a" (likely supplied by Yahuda, see acquisitions slip).


Lacks dated colophon ; paper, etc. would suggest 15th century.

Ownership and History:

At head of incipit facing page (p.5), brief waqf statement, partially effaced, reads "وقف عمر افندى" ; glosses and marginal corrections.

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Former Owner(s):

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In Collection:

Yahuda Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,I 382-3Ḥājjī Khalīfah. Kashf al-ẓunūn,v 396 ff.Humbert, G. "Papiers non-filigranés utilisés au proche-orient jusqu’en 1450: essai en typologie." Journal asiatique, 286, no.1 (1998): 1-54.

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

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