Isl. Ms. 225


al-Wāfiyah fī sharḥ al-Kāfiyah,[970, i.e.1562 or 1563].الوافية في شرح الكافية,[970ه, 1562 او 1563م].


Ibn Sharaf Shāh, Ḥasan ibn Muḥammad,1247 or 8-1315 or 16.استراباذي، الحسن بن محمد.

Place/Date of Production:

[1562 or 1563].


94 leaves :paper ;171 x 125 (115-161 x 63-105) mm.


Careful copy of the commentary by Rukn al-Dīn al-Ḥasan ibn Muḥammad ibn Sharaf Shāh al-Astarābādhī (d.1315 or 6) upon al-Kāfiyah, Ibn al-Ḥājib's grammatical treatise on naḥw (syntax). The text of al-Kāfiyah is included, in sections of differing layout interspersed throughout.

Other Title(s):

Edge title (tail):وافية شرح كافية


Arabic language--Syntax--Early works to 1800.
Arabic language--Grammar--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Ibn al-Ḥājib, ʻUthmān ibn ʻUmar,--1175-1249.--Kāfiyah.




Ms. codex.
Title from opening on p.6.


"احمد الله على عظمة جلاله حمد غريق بمطالعة جماله واشكره لجزيل نواله معتقد لمعاده ومآله ... وبعد فاني بعد ان شرحت كتاب الكافية في النحو اولا مع ايرادات واجوبة وابحاث كثيرة شرحته ثانيا مقتصرا على حل الفاظه وشرح معانيه والاشارة الى تحليل تركيباته ومبانيه وجعلته لرسم خدمت الامير الكبير ...سلالة الامراء والوزراء مفخر العرب والعجم ناصر الدولة والدين وشمس الاسلام والمسلمين يحيى بن المخدوم المعظم ملك ملوك الامراء والوزراء صاحب السيف والعلم صلاح العالم جلال الدنيا والدين ابراهيم بن يغرش بيلكا ملك الختن اعز الله انصارهما وضاعف في العالمين اقتدارهما بسبب اشتغالة هذا الكتاب الذي هو دستور في هذا الفن لاولى الالباب وسميته بالوافية في شرح الكافية لكونه وافيا لحل الفاظه وشرح معانيه"


"فانك اذا قلت في يا زيدون اضربن اضربوا في الوقف وفي يا امرأة اضربن اضري في الوقف يعلم انه بدل عن النون او المحذوف المردود والله اعلم بالصواب واليه المرجع والمآب"


"Scribal," triangular, reads: "تم الكتاب بعون الله وتوفيقه على يد اضعف العباد عبد الغفار بن حاج سنان الملتجئ بحرم تعليم الصبيان عام سبعين وتسع مائة من الهجرة النبوية"


As appears in opening on p.6, composed for al-Amīr Nāṣir al-Dīn Yaḥyá ibn al-Malik Jalāl al-Dīn Ibrāhim ibn Yaghrush Bīlkā Malik al-Khitan.


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Physical Details:

ii, V (10), II (114), 8 V(94), ii ; quinions and a binion ; lacks proper catchwords, but but last word of final line on the verso of each leaf is usually repeated at the beginning of the first line on the following recto ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes flyleaves).


Written mainly in 37-38 lines per page ; written area of each page arranged in three blocks of text - an upper and a lower block running horizontally with 9 lines each and a central block oriented vertically (running parallel to the spine of the text block) with 19-20 lines ; where the text of al-Kafiyah appears (pp.96-99, pp.147-153, pp.169-176, etc.) layout shifts to single column in 15 lines per page with glosses arranged in margins.


Naskh ; both al-Wāfiyah and interspersed text of al-Kāfiyah in the same compact Turkish hand ; serifless with slight effect of tilt to the left, some elongation of horizontal strokes, slight effect of words descending to baseline (occasionally more exaggerated).


Keywords, headings and abbreviation symbols rubricated ; textual dividers in the form of red discs.


non-European (likely Persian or Indian) laid paper with 9 laid lines per cm. (fairly indistinct, vertical or horizontal, varies), sturdy, fairly transluscent, medium to dark cream in color, quite well-sized and burnished ; closing flyleaves in European laid paper with 12 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 26-27 mm. apart (horizontal), and crossbow in circle watermark (trefoil above, V below), sturdy, cream in color, well-burnished.


Pasteboards covered in dark brown leather with much darker leather over envelope flap ; Type II binding (with flap) ; board linings in combed marbled paper in salmon, blue, red, white, etc. ; upper and lower covers bear central blind-stamped and gold-painted mandorla (filled with vegetal composition compare Déroche class. OSd 3) and tooled border ; sewn in pink thread, two stations ; worked chevron endbands in pink and blue, fairly good condition ; overall in fair condition with minor staining, abrasion, lifting of leather, etc. ; subtle repairs to spine, areas of board edges (covering tooled border), and fore edge flap in dark red-brown leather.

Former Shelfmarks:

"325 T. D. M. [T. Dell ?]" inscribed in pencil on recto front flyleaf (p.1) ; "134" inscribed in pencil on added leaf (p.3)


As appears at the close of al-Kāfiyah on p.176, copied by ʻAbd al-Ghaffār ibn Ḥājj Sinān with transcription finished in the year 970 [1562 or 3]. Text of al-Wāfiyah in the same hand.

Ownership and History:

Inscriptions in pencil on front flyleaves "325 T. D. M. [T. Dell ?]" (p.1) and "134" (p.3) ; numerous former owners' marks on front flyleaf (p.1) including statement in name of one Aḥmad Khayyir ibn Muḥammad ʻĀrif (احمد خير بن محمد عارف) accompanied by circular/oval seal impression, statement in name of one ʻAbd Allāh ibn ʻAbd al-Qādir (عبد الله بن عبد القادر) accompanied by oval seal impression (dated 1215 [1800 or 01] or 1219 [1804 or 5]), two other illegible circular/oval seal impressions and kabīkaj invocation "يا كبيكج يا حف[يظ]" ; on 'title page' (p.5), a fully effaced ownership statement and a partially effaced ownership statement in blue ink possibly dated 1244 [1828 or 9] ; extensive interlinear and marginal glosses and corrections ; several prayers (for before and after study) and excerpts on leaves at opening of codex (preceding text).

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

04--Ibn al-Ḥājib, ʻUthmān ibn ʻUmar,--1175-1249.--Kāfiyah.
04--ابن الحاجب، عثمان بن عمر.--كافية.


05 ʻAbd al-Ghaffār ibn Sinān, fl. 1562, scribe. 05 عبد الغفار بن سنان، ناسخ.

Former Owner(s):

06 Aḥmad Khayyir ibn Muḥammad ʻĀrif, former owner. 07 ʻAbd Allāh ibn ʻAbd al-Qādir, former owner. Abdülhamid II, Sultan of the Turks, 1842-1918, former owner. 06 احمد خير بن محمد عارف، مالك سابق. 07 عبد الله بن عبد القادر، مالك سابق.

In Collection:

Abdul Hamid Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,I 304, I. 8 bSuppl. Cat. Arab MSS. Brit. Mus.p. 608

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

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