Isl. Ms. 568


[al-Juzʼ al-thānī min Naẓm al-Jāmiʻ al-kabīr,618, i.e. 1221].[الجزء الثاني من نظم الجامع الكبير,618ه، 1221م].


Nasafī, Aḥmad ibn Abī al-Muʼayyad al-Maḥmūdī,d. 1125.نسفي، احمد بن ابي المؤيد المحمودي.

Place/Date of Production:



230 leaves :paper ;255 x 175 (205 x 135) mm. bound to 263 x 188 mm.


Elegant copy of the second part of a metrical version, with commentary, of al-Jamīʻ al-kabīr, a work on Ḥanafī law by Muḥammad ibn al-Ḥasan al-Shaybānī (d.803 or 805) followed by a poem in praise of the Prophet by one Jalāl al-Dīn al-Khawārizmī al-ʻAlawī.

Other Title(s):

Naẓm al-Jāmiʻ al-kabīr.juzʼ 2نظم الجامع الكبير.جزء 2جزء الثاني من الجامع الكبيرنظم الجامع الكبير


Islamic law--Early works to 1800.
Hanafites--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Shaybānī, Muḥammad ibn al-Ḥasan,--ca. 750-804 or 5.--Jāmiʻ al-kabīr.




Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloguer.


"كتاب الشهادات باب ما يجوز من الشهادات وما يبطل منها بالبرأة اني لا تظم ابواب الشهادات طوعا لا فتح ابواب السعادات ..."


"وما ضر شمسا اشرقت في علوها حجود حشود وهو عن نورها عمي"


"Authorial" reads "واتممته والحمد لله وحده صبيحة يوم السبت سلخ المحرم اوان ربيع عام خمسة عشرة وخمسمائة تاريخ عدل مقوم" ; "Scribal" reads "واني بحمد الله من شغل نسخه فرغت بتوفيق الاله المعظم عشية يوم السبت ليلة تاسع لدى جمادى الاول الشهر معلم وخمسة الاف وخمسون صورة وخمسمائة بية [بيت؟] وبالخسم يختم لفضل ... [؟] عام ثامن عشرة وستمائة تاريخ ذلك قيم وكان اتساخ امثالا وطاعة لامر شهاب الدين خير مقدم فيا رب اسعف مبتغاه معجلا وصلى على آل النبي وسلم"


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1. p.6-p.461 : [al-Juzʼ al-thānī min Naẓm al-Jāmiʻ al-kabīr] / Aḥmad ibn Abī al-Muʼayyad al-Nasafī.
2. p.461-p.464 : [Naẓm fī madḥ al-Nabī] / Jalāl al-Dīn al-Khuwārizmī al-ʻAlawī.

Physical Details:

ii, V-2 (8), 22 V(228), I (230), ii ; almost exclusively quinions ; catchwords rarely present ; quire numbering in the form of whole words in the upper outer margin of the recto of the opening leaf of each quire, mainly cut off until the ninth quire ; foliation in black ink, Hindu-Arabic numerals ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes flyleaves).


Written in 21 lines per page ; frame-ruled (impression of ruling board evident).


Naskh ; elegant 'Syrian' or Iraqi [?] hand in a thin to medium line, alternating large bolder lines with more compact lines ; mainly serifless (though right-sloping head-serif appears on occasional ascender) and quite rounded with curvilinear descenders (some sweeping), elongation of horizontal strokes, pointing in distinct dots, kāf occasionally represented by vertical stroke with miniature kāf seated atop it, extensively vocalized.


Section headings rubricated.


non-European laid paper with 8-9 laid lines per cm. (horizontal, 20 in 25-26 mm.) and chain lines grouped in threes (or twos and threes) with 10-14 mm. between chains and 48-55 mm. between groups ; well-sized and burnished, quite smooth, fairly crisp and sturdy, inclusions.


Pasteboards covered in black cloth with black leather over spine (quarter binding) ; Western-style binding (not original) ; pastedowns and flyleaves in wove paper ; spine gold-tooled with title and fillets flanking raised bands ; resewn in white thread, six stations ; overall in fair condition with minor abrasion, etc.

Accompanying Materials:

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

Former Shelfmarks:

From front flyleaf and spine label "IL 394" (likely supplied by Yahuda, see acquisitions slip).


As appears in colophon on p.461, transcription completed ("...min shughl naskhih faraghtu...") 9 Jumādá I 618 [July 1221] apparently for one Shihāb al-Dīn. As appears in preceding authorial colophon (p.461), composition completed 30 Muḥarram 515 [April 1121].

Ownership and History:

Effaced statement on front flyleaf (p.3) ; ownership statement on 'title page' (p.5) dated 855 [1451 or 2] in name of Aḥmad ibn Mubārakshāh al-Ḥanafī (d.1457 or 8), reads "صار من فضل الله الخفي لاحمد بن مباركشاه الحنفي سنة خمس وخمسين وثمانمائة هذا الجزء وما فيه [؟]" ; also on 'title page' (p.5) ownership statement dated 881 [1476 or 7] in name of Aḥmad ibn Ismāʻīl al-Qādirī [?] al-Jawharī al-Ḥanafī, reads "من كتب الواثق بالجليل احمد بن اسماعيل القادري [؟] الجوهري الحنفي في سنة ۸۸۱" ; circular seal impression on incipit page (p.6) and p.462 ; occasional marginal corrections.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

04--Jalāl al-Dīn al-Khuwārizmī al-ʻAlawī.--Naẓm fī madḥ al-Nabī.
04--جلال الدين الخوارزمي العلوي.--نظم في مدح النبي.


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Former Owner(s):

05 Aḥmad ibn Mubārakshāh al-Ḥanafī, fl. 1451, former owner. 06 Aḥmad ibn Ismāʻīl al-Qādirī al-Jawharī al-Ḥanafī, fl. 1476, former owner. 05 احمد بن مباركشاه الحنفي، مالك سابق. 06 احمد بن اسماعيل القادري الجوهري الحنفي، مالك سابق.

In Collection:

Yahuda Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,I 172Ḥājjī Khalīfah. Kashf al-ẓunūn,ii 569, no. 3936

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

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