Isl. Ms. 593


Bāb al-Iʻlām bi-iʻlām Bayt Allāh al-Ḥarām,[994, i.e. 1586].باب الإعلام بأعلام بيت الله الحرام,[994ه، 1586م].


Nahrawālī, Muḥammad ibn Aḥmad,d. 1580 or 81.نهروالي، محمد بن أحمد.

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237 leaves :paper ;202 x 150 (145 x 95) mm.


Fine early copy of the chronicle of Mecca by Quṭb al-Dīn Muḥammad ibn ʻAlāʼ al-Dīn Aḥmad ibn Muḥammad ibn Qāḍī Khān Maḥmūd al-Makkī al-Ḥanafī al-Nahrawālī (al-Nahrawānī, d.1582).

Other Title(s):

Iʻlām bi-aʻlām Bayt Allāh al-Ḥarāmاعلام باعلام بيت الله الحرامEdge title (tail):الاعلام باعلام بيت الله الحرماعلام باعلام بلد الله الحرام


Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Mecca (Saudi Arabia)--History--Early works to 1800.
Mecca (Saudi Arabia)--Description and travel--Early works to 1800.




Ms. codex.
Title from 'title page' (p.3).


"الحمد لله الذي جعل المسجد الحرام حرما امنا ومثابة للناس وامر بتطهير الكعبة البيت الحرام للطائفين والعاكفين وازال عنه الخوف والبأس ... اما بعض فلما وفقني الله تعالى لخدمة العلم الشريف وجعلني من جيران بيته المعظم المنيف [تشوقت] نفسي الى الاطلاع على علم الاثار وتشوقت الي فن التاريخ وعلم الاخبار ..."


"ما لاح نجم على افق السماء وما هب النسيم على العشاق بالطيب والحمد لله رب العالمين والصلاة والسلام الاثمان الاكملان على سيد الانبياء والمرسلين محمد واله وصحبه الطيبين الطاهرين وسائر الانبياء والرسل وال كل التابعين ومن تبعهم باحسان الى يوم الدين"


"Authorial," reads "وقد فرغ مؤلفه من تحريره ووقفت انامل اقلامه من تحبيره في ليلة يسغر صباحها عن سبع مضين من شهر ربيع الاول سنة خمس وثمانين وتسعمائة" ; "Scribal," triangular, reads "وكان الفراغ من تعليق هذه النسخة المباركة في يوم الاربعاء تاسع شهر جمادى الاخير سنة ۹۹۴ احسن الله عاقبتها وغفر لكاتبها ومالكها ولمن دعا لهم ولجميع المسلمين وصلى الله على سيدنا محمد وعلى اله وصحبه اجمعين"


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Physical Details:

i, V-1 (9), 6 V(69), IV (77), 15 V(227), IV (235), I (237), i ; chiefly quinions ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes flyleaves).


Written in 21 lines per page, occasionally divided to two columns to set off verses ; frame-ruled.


Naskh ; clear, compact Ḥijāzī, 'Syrian' or Egyptian [?] hand in a medium line ; virtually serifless with very slight effect of tilt to the left, mainly closed counters, pointing mainly in distinct dots (though casually pointed), occasional vocalization.


Keywords and section headings rubricated ; textual dividers in the form of red discs or inverted commas ; written area surrounded by red rule-border.


European laid paper with 7-8 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 29 mm. apart (horizontal), and anchor in circle watermark (see p.64) ; well-sized and burnished to glossy ; staining and some ink burn.


Pasteboards covered in dark red-brown leather ; Type II binding (with flap) ; board linings in purple wove paper (over marbled paper) ; upper and lower covers carry blind-stamped scalloped mandorla (filled with vegetal decoration, compare Déroche class. NSd 11) and pendants, along with tooled rosette accents and rule-border ; sewn in dark blue thread, two stations ; worked chevron endbands in brown and cream, good condition ; overall in quite poor condition with significant losses of leather (exposing boards and linings), delamination of boards, abrasion, staining, etc. ; repairs in dark brown and purple leather as well as dark pink textile (also lining fore edge flap) ; likely not original, somewhat ill-fitting and trimmed down (area around glosses preserved via careful trimming and folding) ; housed in box for protection.

Accompanying Materials:

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

Former Shelfmarks:

From interior of upper cover and spine label "IL 17c" (likely supplied by Yahuda, see acquisitions slip).


As appears in colophon on p.475, transcription completed 9 Jumādá II 994 [May 1586]. Date composition completed given as Rabīʻ I 985 [May 1577].

Ownership and History:

Possible former shelfmarks or inventory marks on front flyleaf (p.1) and 'title page' (p.3) ; occasional marginal corrections and glosses.

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Former Owner(s):

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In Collection:

Yahuda Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,II 382Ḥājjī Khalīfah. Kashf al-ẓunūn,i 362, no.949Blackburn, J.R. "al-Nahrawālī (Nahrawānī), Ḳuṭb al-Dīn Muḥammad." In EI2,vol.VII, p.911, col.2

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

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