Isl. Ms. 575


al-Thānī min Sharḥ al-Muntakhab fī al-uṣul,[13th or 14th century?].الثاني من شرح المنتخب في الاصول[القرن 13 او 14م؟].


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Place/Date of Production:

[12-- or 13--?].


175 leaves :paper ;257 x 185-190 (175 x 103) mm.


Fine copy of an odd second volume of a commentary (possibly of Ḥusām al-Dīn Abī al-Faḍl Muḥammad al-Nūrī, see GAL, S I, p.921) on al-Muntakhab fī al-uṣūl min al-Maḥṣūl of Fakhr al-Dīn al-Rāzī (d.1209) (compare the ms. in Dār al-Kutub al-Ẓāhirīyah, no.2811), opening in al-Faṣl al-sādis (presumably on al-nāsikh wa-al-mansūkh) and closing in al-Faṣl al-thālith ʻashar fī-mā ikhtalafa fīhi al-mujtahidūn.

Other Title(s):

Title from inscription on front flyleaf (p.1):شرح المنتخب في الاصول


Islamic law--Interpretation and construction--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Rāzī, Fakhr al-Dīn Muḥammad ibn ʻUmar,--1149 or 50-1210.--Muntakhab fī al-uṣūl min al-Maḥṣūl.




Ms. codex.
Title from tail edge.


"تشمل ما تقدم [؟] ايضا وقول ا مع مراحيه [؟] عنه احتراز من قوله افعل ولا تفعل ..."


"على مواضع التحقيق والاستعار بان مثل هذا علن [؟] ان يقال والله اعلم"


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Physical Details:

ii, V-2 (8), 16 V(168), IV-1 (175), ii ; almost exclusively quinions ; opening quire (in a different hand) lacks catchwords, elsewhere catchwords present ; mid-quire marks in the form of ٢ in upper outer margin of the right-hand leaf and lower outer margin of the left-hand leaf ; quire numbering in the form of whole words with catch title ("الثاني") from the third quire on, in the upper outer corner of the recto of the opening leaf of each quire ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes flyleaves).


Written in 19 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Naskh ; mainly a large 'Syrian' or Egyptian hand in a bold line ; mainly serifless (though very slight right-sloping head-serifs appear on occasional alif and initial lām) with curvilinear descenders, open and closed counters, the lām alif al-warrāqīyah preferred, bar (shaqq) of kāf occasionally left off, some elongation of horizontal strokes, freely ligatured and only casually pointed in distinct dots ; opening quire (and recto of opening leaf of second, i.e. through p.21) supplied in a similar though different hand in a thinner line.


Keywords and section headings heavily bolded.


non-European (likely Arab) laid paper with roughly 6 laid lines per cm. (vertical, curved and quite distinct, 20 in 33 mm.) and chain lines barely visible (horizontal) though possibly grouped in twos (or twos and threes) with 7-8 mm. between chains and 39-44 mm. between groups (see pp.70-71, 122, etc.) ; rib shadows also visible ; thick and fairly sturdy, lightly burnished, worn and soft, dark cream in color with inclusions and indissolved fibers ; ink burn and some pest damage.


Boards covered in purple and black mottled paper (sponge painted or faux marbled look) with dark blue-green cloth over spine and fore edge flap ; Type II binding (with flap) ; pastedowns and flyleaves in brown wove paper ; resewn in yellow and cream thread, six stations ; worked chevron endbands (likely not original but with rebind) in yellow and blue ; overall in fair condition with some lifting and losses of paper, delamination of boards at corners, spine slant (slightly cocked), etc.

Accompanying Materials:

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

Former Shelfmarks:

From interior of upper cover "IL 220" (likely supplied by Yahuda, see acquisitions slip).


Lacks dated colophon ; paper and hand suggest 13th or 14th century.

Ownership and History:

Rare marginal corrections (see pp.81, 255, 257, 332, 333 occasionally with bāʼ hindīyah reference mark) ; possible collation marks in the form of three dots (see pp.8, 12, etc.).

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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Former Owner(s):

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In Collection:

Yahuda Collection.


al-Khiyamī, Ṣalāh Muḥammad wa-Muḥammad Muṭīʻ al-Ḥāfiẓ. al-Fihris al-ʻāmm li-makhṭūṭāt Dār al-Kutub al-Ẓāhirīyah. Dimashq : Majmaʻ al-Lughah al-ʻArabīyah bi-Dimashq, 1987,p.143Brockelmann, C. GAL,S I 920-4 ; I 506 ff.Ḥājjī Khalīfah. Kashf al-ẓunūn,vi 5 ; ii 373Anawati, G.C. "Fak̲h̲r al-Dīn al-Rāzī." EI2,vol.II, p.751, col.2

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

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