Isl. Ms. 498


[Nuzhat al-naẓar fī tawḍīḥ Nukhbat al-fikar,1212, i.e. 1797].[نزهة النظر في توضيح نخبة الفكر,1212ه, 1797م].


Ibn Ḥajar al-ʻAsqalānī, Aḥmad ibn ʻAlī,1372-1449.ابن حجر العسقلاني، احمد بن علي.

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36 leaves :paper ;212 x 145 (150 x 88) mm.


Clear copy of the commentary by Ibn Ḥajar al-ʻAsqalānī (d.1449) on his own Nukhbat al-fikar fī musṭalaḥ ahl al-athar, a treatise on the technical terms used in the science of ḥadīth, summarizing the work of Ibn al-Ṣalāḥ al-Shahrazūrī (d.1245).

Other Title(s):

Title from inscription on front flyleaf (p.1):نخبة الفكر في مصطلح اهل الاثر وشرحهاTitle from inscripiton on 'title page' (p.3):شرح نخبه اصول حديث


Hadith--Terminology--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Ibn Ḥajar al-ʻAsqalānī, Aḥmad ibn ʻAlī,--1372-1449.--Nukhbat al-fikar fī muṣṭalaḥ ahl al-athar.




Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloguer.


"الحمد لله الذي لم يزل عالما قديرا حيا قيوما سميحا بصيرا ... اما بعد فان التصانيف في اصطلاح اهل الحديث قد كثرت للائمة في القديم والحديث فمن اول من صنف في ذلك القاضي ابو محمد الرامهرمزي ... وامثال ذلك من التصانيف التي اشتهرت وبسطت ليتوفر علمها واختصرت ليتيسر فهمها الى ان جاء الحافظ الفقيه تقي الدين ابو عمرو عثمان بن الصلاح عبد الرحمن الشهرزوري نزيل دمشق فجمع لما ولي تدريس الحديث بالمدرسة الاشرفية كتابه المشهور ... فسألني بعض الاخوان ان الخص لهم المهم من ذلك فلخصته في اوراق لطيفة سميتها نخبة الفكر في مصطلح اهل الاثر ... فرغب الي جماعة ثانيا ان اصنع شرحا يحل رموزها ويفتح كنوزها ويوضح ما خفي على المبتدأ من ذلك فاجبته الى سؤاله رجاء الاندراج في تلك المسالك فبالغت في شرحها للايضاح والتوجيه ..."


"نقل محض ظاهرة التعريف مستغنية عن التمثيل وحصرها متعسرا فليراجع لها مبسوطاتها ليحصل الوقوف على حقائقها ولله الموفق والهادي لا اله الا هو عليه توكلت واليه انيت وحسبنا الله ونعم الوكيل ولا حول ولا قوة الا بالله العلي العظيم وصلى الله على سيدنا رسوله النبي الكريم"


"Scribal," triangular, reads "تمت الكتاب بعون الملك الوهاب م م م م م م ۱۸ ص سنة ۱۲۱۲"


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Physical Details:

i, 3 V(30), IV-1 (37), i ; chiefly quinions ; final leaf (after close of text) left blank ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes flyleaves).


Written in 19 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Naskh ; elegant Turkish hand in a narrow to medium line ; virtually serifless with slight effect of tilt to the left, curvilinear descenders, some sweeping descenders and elongation of horizontal strokes, somewhat freely ligatured ; some passages vocalized.


Overlining in red ; abbreviation symbols and some corrections rubricated ; textual dividers in the form of red hāʼ, inverted comma, etc.


European laid paper with 9 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 21-23 mm. apart (horizontal), three hats watermark (see p.65, 66, 75, 76, etc.) and "G F" (see p.78) ; light cream in color, sturdy, burnished.


Pasteboards covered in printed shell marbled paper (in shades of brown, pink, black, yellow, etc.) with green leather over spine (effectively a quarter binding) ; Type III binding (without flap) ; pastedowns and flyleaves in brown paper ; sewn in cream thread, two stations ; overall in fair condition with abrasion, lifting and losses of paper and leather, minor delamination of boards, etc.

Accompanying Materials:

Acquisitions slip from Yahuda.

Former Shelfmarks:

From inner front cover and label on lower cover, "IL 389" (likely supplied by Yahuda, see acquisitions slip).


As appears in colophon on p.74, transcription completed 18 Ṣafar 1212 [August 1797].

Ownership and History:

Borrowing notice in Ottoman on 'title page' (p.3) indicating the book was borrowed from Nazif Efendi (نظيف افندى) ; further statement on 'title page' (p.3) in name of Ali Efendi Bey ( علي افندى بيك ) ; occasional marginal corrections.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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Former Owner(s):

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In Collection:

Yahuda Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,I 359 e ; II 68 no. 7

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

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