Shelfmark:

Isl. Ms. 590

Title:

[Hādhā Kitāb Qiṣaṣ al-anbiyāʼ ...etc.,1164, i.e. 1751].[هذا كتاب قصص الانبياء ...الخ,1164ه، 1751م].

Author:

Kisāʼī, Muḥammad ibn ʻAbd Allāh,11th cent.كسائي، محمد بن عبد الله.

Place/Date of Production:

[1751].

Size:

210 leaves :paper ;210 x 167 (156 x 86) mm.

Summary:

Elegant copy of the famous work on the creation and legends of the prophets prior to Muḥammad, followed by the relation of the legend of the Companions of the Cave (Seven Sleepers of Ephesus) attributed to Ibn ʻAbbās (d.688?). Table of contents at opening (pp.1-6)

Other Title(s):

Qiṣaṣ al-anbiyāʼقصص الانبياءقصۀ اصحاب اهل الكهفKıssa-yı Ashâb-i Ehli'l-KehfQiṣṣahʼ-i Aṣḥāb-i Ahl al-kahfKıssatü Ashâbü'l-Kehf

Subject(s):

Prophets, Pre-Islamic--Early works to 1800.
Islamic legends--Early works to 1800.
Creation (Islam)--Early works to 1800.
Islamic cosmology--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Seven sleepers of Ephesus--Early works to 1800.
Koran.--Sūrat al-Kahf.

Language:

Arabic.

Notes:

Ms. codex.
Title from 'title page' (p.7).

Incipit:

[Qiṣaṣ al-anbiyāʼ] "قال الشيخ الامام محمد بن عبد الله الكسائي رحمه الله تعالى الحمد لله الذي انبت الخلق نباتا ... هذا كتاب جمعت فيه المبتدات من خلق السموات والارضين وخلق الجن والانس واوائل احوال النبيين عليهم السلام ..." ; [Qiṣṣat Aṣḥāb al-kahf] "سئل عن ابن عباس رضي الله عنه اي اية في كتاب الله تعالى اعجب قال الايات اللتي تكلم الله بها وسميها عجبا قيل ما هي قال قوله تع ان اصحاب الكهف والرقيم كانوا من آياتنا عجبا ...""

Explicit:

[Qiṣaṣ al-anbiyāʼ] "وانما صح ان الموصل قبلت وانما يحتمل ان الله تع اهلكم بكفرهم والله اعلم بالصواب واليه المرجع والمآب" [Qiṣṣat Aṣḥāb al-kahf] ; "وقالت اليهود هم منا وذكر انه كان في تلك الزمان ملك مؤمن وملك كافر فتقاتلوا فغلب ملك المؤمن على الكافر فبنى عليهم مسجدا وتصديق ذلك في كتار الله تع قال الذين غلبوا على امرهم لنتخدن عليهم مسجدا م م م"

Colophon:

[Qiṣaṣ al-anbiyāʼ] "تم الكتاب بعون الله الملك الوهاب من يد الحقير المعترف بالعجز والتقصير [..؟] ابراهيم بن مصطفى غفر الله ذنوبهما في ٢٣ ر سنة ١١٦٤"

Dedication:

Can you help transcribe the dedication? Please comment!

Contents:

1. p.1-p.6 : [table of contents].
2. p.7-p.402 : Hādhā Kitāb Qiṣaṣ al-anbiyāʼ / Muḥammad ibn ʻAbd Allāh al-Kisāʼī.
3. p.403 : [blank].
4. p.404-p.414 : Qiṣṣat Aṣḥāb Ahl al-kahf [i.e. Qiṣṣat Aṣḥāb al-kahf] / ʻAbd Allāh ibn ʻAbbās ibn ʻAbd al-Muṭṭalib al-Qurashī al-Hāshimī.

Physical Details:
Collation:

i, I+1 (3), V-1 (12), 2 V(32), 2 IV+1 (50), 16 V(210) ; chiefly quinions ; final leaves left blank ; catchwords present ; foliation in black ink, Hindu-Arabic numerals ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes leaves carrying table of contents and excludes final leaves left blank).

Layout:

Written in 21 lines per page ; frame-ruled.

Script:

Naskh ; an elegant Iraqi [?] hand with Turkish and Persianate features ; partially but irregularly seriffed with right-sloping head-serifs, marked effect of tilt to the left, elongation of horizontal strokes, curvilinear descenders, pointing mainly in conjoined dots.

Decoration:

Keywords and section headings rubricated ; overlining in red ; simple headpiece at opening of Qiṣṣat Aṣḥāb al-Kahf on p.40, consisting of red, line-drawn semi-circular pieces ; textual dividers in the form of red discs ; written area throughout surrounded by red rule-border.

Support:

European laid paper with 10 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 23 mm. apart (horizontal), and watermarks of crown with name and grapes below (see p.8, 10, etc.), "LANGUADOC" (see p.24, 28, etc.), etc. ; beige in color, thin and crisp though dense and sturdy, well-burnished to glossy.

Binding:

Pasteboards covered in dark red leather ; Type II binding (with flap) ; board linings in untinted laid paper, hinges in printed mottle paper, envelope flap lined in marbled paper (mainly lime green, pin, and dark lavender) ; upper and lower covers carry blind-stamped mandorla (filled with vegetal decoration, compare Déroche class. NSd 7) with tooled rosette pendants and accents, as well as tooled border in a series of s-shaped stamps flanked by blind rules ; sewn in white thread, two stations ; worked chevron endbands in white and red, good condition ; overall in fair condition with some abrasion, lifting and minor losses of leather on upper board, etc. ; spine repair in cream textile (linen), holding detached upper cover to textblock.

Accompanying Materials:

Acquisitions slip from Yahuda.

Former Shelfmarks:

From inner front cover and fore edge flap label, "IL 278a" (likely supplied by Yahuda, see acquisitions slip).

Origin:

As appears in colophon at close of Qiṣaṣ al-anbiyāʼ (p.402), copied by Ibrāhīm ibn Muṣṭafá with transcription completed 23 Rajab 1164 [ca. 17 June 1751]. Transcription of Qiṣṣat Aṣḥāb al-Kahf contemporary.

Ownership and History:

Inscription testing the ink on 'title page' (p.7), reads "تجربة المركب على القرطاس تجربة المركب الحمد لله" ; ownership statement (incomplete and partially effaced) in name of one Munlā Muṣṭafá ibn al-Ḥājj Ḥusayn ( منلا مصطفى بن الحاج حسين ) on final leaf (p.413) ; occasional waqf statement in margin "وقف في سبيل الله تعالى" ; occasional corrections.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

04--ʻAbd Allāh ibn al-ʻAbbās,--d. 688?--Qiṣṣat Aṣḥāb al-Kahf.
04--عبد الله بن العباس.--قصة اصحاب الكهب.
07--Ibrāhīm ibn Muṣṭafá,--fl. 1751,--copyist.
قصۀ اصحاب اهل الكهفKıssa-yı Ashâb-i Ehli'l-KehfQiṣṣahʼ-i Aṣḥāb-i Ahl al-kahfKıssatü Ashâbü'l-Kehf

Scribe(s):

07 ابراهيم بن مصطفى, ناسخ.

Former Owner(s):

Unidentified-Can you help supply this information? Please comment!

In Collection:

Yahuda Collection.

References:

Brockelmann, C. GAL,I 350Nagel, T. "al-Kisāʾī, Ṣāḥib Ḳiṣaṣ al-Anbiyāʾ." EI2,vol. V, p.176, col.1Brockelmann, C. GAL,I 190 ; S I 331Paret, R. "Aṣḥāb al-Kahf." EI2.

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Posted by evyn on October 20, 2010
Tags: Arabic MSS, Fully Catalogued, Yahuda Collection

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