Isl. Ms. 557


Ḥall al-mawāḍiʻ al-mughlaqah min Wiqāyat al-riwāyah fī masāʼil al-Hidāyah,[958, i.e. 1551].حل المواضع المغلقة من وقاية الرواية في مسائل الهداية,[958ه، 1551م].


Maḥbūbī, ʿUbayd Allāh ibn Masʿūd,d. 1346 or 7.محبوبي، عبيد الله بن مسعود.

Place/Date of Production:



278 leaves :paper ;270 x 180 (175 x 115) mm.


Well-annoted copy of the commentary by Ṣadr al-Sharīʻah al-Aṣghar (al-Thānī) ʻUbayd Allāh ibn Masʻūd al-Maḥbūbī on Wiqāyat al-riwāyah fī masāʼil al-Hidāyah, a work on fiqh by the author’s grandfather, Maḥmūd ibn Ṣadr al-Sharīʻah al-Maḥbūbī (d. 1274 or 5), itself an epitome on the celebrated work of Ḥanafī fiqh, al-Hidāyah by ʻAlī ibn Abī Bakr al-Marghīnānī (d. 1196 or 7).

Other Title(s):

Sharḥ al-Wiqāyahشرح الوقايةTitle from inscription on front flyleaf (p.1):Sharḥ al-Wiqāyahشرح الوقاية


Islamic law--Interpretation and construction--Early works to 1800.
Hanafites--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Burhān al-Sharīʻah, Maḥmūd ibn ʻUbayd Allāh,--d. 1274 or 5.--Wiqāyat al-riwāyah.
Marghīnānī, ʻAlī ibn Abī Bakr,--d. 1196 or 7.--Hidāyah.




Ms. codex.
Title from opening on p.4.


"الحمد لله رب العالمين والصلوة والسلام على خير خلقه محمد واله اجمعين يقول العبد العبد المتوسل الى الله تعالى باقوى الذريعة عبيد الله بن مسعود بن تاج الشريعة ... هذا حل المواضع المقلقة من وقاية الرواية في مسائل الهداية اللتي الفها جدي ..."


"ومع ذلك يباح التناول اعتمادا على الغالب"


"Scribal," rectangular, reads "تم الكتاب بعون الوهاب على يد اضعف العباد احمد بن خضر غفر الله لهم ولجميع المؤمنين والمؤمنات والمسلمين والمسلمات الاحياء منهم والاموات قد فرغ من تحرير هذه النسخة الشريفة بمحروسة ادرنه المحمية صانها الله عن الافات والبلية يوم الجمعة سادس ربيع الاول من سنة ثمانية وخمسين وتسعمائة من الهجرة النبوية"


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Physical Details:

i, 27 V(270), IV (278), i ; almost exclusively quinions ; catchwords present ; foliation in black ink, Hindu-Arabic numerals (not visible in opening quires due to damage) ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes flyleaves and insert and mistakenly skips ahead ten pages, following p.455 with p.466).


Written in 19 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Naskh ; fine Turkish hand in a medium line ; virtually serifless with slight effect of tilt to the left, curvilinear descenders, pointing in strokes rather than distinct dots, kāf mashqūqah preferred (even final kāf) with often sweeping shaqq, point of final nūn assimilated with bowl.


Section headings, keywords and abbreviation symbols rubricated ; a few textual dividers in the form of inverted commas.


non-European (likely Arab) laid paper with 8 laid lines per cm. (horizontal) and chain lines (vertical) grouped in threes with 12-15 mm. between chains and 38-42 between groups ; quite sturdy and well-burnished, dark cream in color ; much staining ; losses of upper outer corners of opening quires (through p.142).


Pasteboards covered in dark red leather ; Type II binding (with flap, now lost) ; board linings in comb marbled paper (salmon, orange, red, blue) ; upper and lower covers carry blind-stamped scalloped mandorla filled with vegetal composition with bird at center ; sewn in dull yellow thread, two stations ; overall in quite poor condition with flap missing, significant losses to upper outer corner of upper board (and opening quires), lifting and losses of leather, staining, abrasion, pest damage, etc. ; housed in box for protection.

Accompanying Materials:

a. Three inventory cataloguing slips in hand of Winifred Smeaton Thomas -- b. Acquisitions slip from Yahuda. -- c. Insert carrying glosses (paginated pp.91-92).

Former Shelfmarks:

From inner front cover "IL 223" (likely supplied by Yahuda, see acquisitions slip).


As appears in colophon on p.562, copied by Aḥmad ibn Khiḍr (Ahmet bin Hızır [Hazır]) with transcription completed 6 Rabīʻ I 958 [ca. 14 March 1551] in Edirne.

Ownership and History:

Ownership (purchase) statement on front flyleaf (p.1) in name of Ḥusayn ibn ʻUmar (Hüseyin bin Ömer), reads "تملكه بالشراء الشرعي السيد حسين ابن السيد عمر ابن السيد الحاج ... ابن السيد الحاج احمد افندى الكاملى غفر الله له ولوالديه ولكل ..." (partially lost) ; pen trial (testing the ink "تجرب قلدم مركب") on front flyleaf (p.1) ; among excerpts on final leaves following close, what appears to be a waqf statement dated 15 Muḥarram 1118 [ca. 29 April 1706] (see p.568) ; numerous marginal and interlinear glosses ; occasional corrections and notabilia (side heads).

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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05 Ahmet bin Hızır, fl. 1551, scribe. 05 احمد بن خضر, ناسخ.

Former Owner(s):

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In Collection:

Yahuda Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,I 376 ; II 214Ḥājjī Khalīfah. Kashf al-ẓunūn,vi 460, no.14308.

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Posted by evyn on October 6, 2010
Tags: Arabic MSS, Fully Catalogued, Yahuda Collection

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