Isl. Ms. 546


al-Wāfī,[989, i.e. 1582].الوافي,[989ه، 1582م].


Nasafī, ʻAbd Allāh ibn Aḥmad,d. 1310.نسفي، عبد الله بن احمد.

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132 leaves :paper ;306 x 225 (200 x 125) mm.


Fine copy of the Ḥanafī legal work modeled after al-Marghīnānī’s (d.1196 or 7) celebrated Hidāyah.

Other Title(s):

Wāfī fī al-furūʻوافي في الفروعEdge title (tail):كتاب الوافي في الفقه الشريف


Islamic law--Interpretation and construction--Early works to 1800.
Hanafites--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.




Ms. codex.
Title from opening on p.2.


"الحمد لمن من على عباده وعباده بارسال رسوله وهداية سبله ... قال مولانا الصدر الامام ... حافظ الملة والدين ابو البراكات عبد الله بن احمد بن محمود النسفي ... قد كان يخطر ببالي ابان فراغي ان ألف كتابا جامعا لمسائل الجامعين والزيادات حاويا لما في المختصر ونظم الخلافيات مشتملا على بعض مسائل الفتوى والواقعات ... وسميته الوافي ولو وفقت لشرحه لارسمه بالكافي ..."


"وقسم ما بقي على سهام ما بقي قد نجز الموعود بتوفيقه فاحسن بترتيبه وتلفيقه ... والحمد لله الذي بنعمته تتم الصالحات والصلوة على نبيه محمد واله وازواجه الطاهرات"


"Scribal," reads "كتبته وانا معتصم بالله ورسوله ... وانا الفقير احمد بن فرج الله بن احمد وقد حصل الفراغ من هذا الكتاب بعد هوي من الليل وهي ليلة عرفة سنة تسع وثمانين وتسعمائة والحمد لله رب العالمين والصلوة والسلام على خير خلقه محمد وآله وصحبه اجمعين ..."


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Physical Details:

[i,] 7 V(70), IV (78), VI (90), V (100), 2 VI(124), III+2 (132), i ; chiefly quinions ; front flyleaf now affixed to opening leaf ; catchwords present ; foliation in black ink, Hindu-Arabic numerals ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (mistakenly skips two pages between pp.47-48).


Written in 17-19 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Naskh ; elegant Turkish hand (with Persianate features) ; virtually serifless with slight effect of tilt to the left, mainly curvilinear descenders (some sweeping), pointing in distinct dots, kāf mashqūqah preferred, initially somewhat compact but larger toward close.


Section headings and abbreviation symbols rubricated ; occasionally indication of text to be rubricated in margins visible.


European laid paper with 9 laid lines per cm. (horizontal), chain lines spaced 28 mm. apart (vertical), anchor in circle with star above watermark (see p.4, p.30, etc.), sturdy and well-burnished ; some leaves light peach or beige colored ; watermark of egg-like figure with six circles within, crown above and PIRENZE below in back flyleaf (compare nos. 378, 381, 387, and 394 dated 1724-1726 in Nikolaev, Watermarks of the Ottoman Empire, vol.1)


Pasteboards covered in dark brown leather ; Type II binding (with flap) ; doublures in red leather with central blind-stamped mandorla (filled with vegetal composition reminiscent of Déroche class. NSd 5) ; sewn in cream thread, two stations ; overall in fair condition with abrasion and staining, some lifting and losses of leather, delamination of upper board, etc. ; likely recycled covers (now inverted).

Accompanying Materials:

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

Former Shelfmarks:

From inscription on 'title page' (p.1) "IL 409" (likely supplied by Yahuda, see acquisitions slip).


As appears in colophon on p.261, copied by Aḥmad ibn Faraj Allāh ibn Aḥmad with transcription completed "laylat ʻArafah" 9 Dhū al-Ḥijjah 989 [January 1582]. As appears in 'authorial colophon' on p.260, composition completed 10 Rajab 682 [October 1283]. Beginning after the close on p.260, copyist provides a brief transmission history for the copy from which he transcribed the current copy. Following the colophon on p.261 appears an excerpt from the author's commentary on this work Kitāb al-Kāfī fī sharḥ al-Wāfī (كتاب الكافي في شرح الوافي).

Ownership and History:

A few former owners' marks on flyleaf now affixed to 'title page' (p.1) ; effaced ownership statement [?] on p.260 ; ownership (purchase) statement on p.261 in name of ʻAbd Allāh ibn Muḥammad Walī al-Ḥanafī al-Mawlawī (Abdullah b. Mehmet Veli) reads "انتقل الى بالشراء الشرعي خادم اهل مذهبه وانا الفقير الى الله الغنى عبد الله بن محمد ولى الحنفى المولوى" ; marginal and interlinear glosses (some rubricated) ; occasional corrections.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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04 Aḥmad ibn Faraj Allāh ibn Aḥmad, fl. 1582, scribe. 04 احمد بن فرج الله بن احمد، ناسخ.

Former Owner(s):

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In Collection:

Yahuda Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,II 196Ḥājjī Khalīfah. Kashf al-ẓunūn,vi 418, no.14159Nikolaev, Vsevolod. Watermarks of the mediaeval Ottoman documents in Bulgarian libraries. In Watermarks of the Ottoman Empire, volume 1. Sofia: Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 1954.

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Tags: Arabic MSS, Fully Catalogued, Yahuda Collection

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