Isl. Ms. 598


Kitāb Sharḥ al-ʻUjālah al-sanīyah ʻalá Alfīyat al-sīrah al-Nabawīyah,[1120?, i.e. 1708?].كتاب شرح العجالة السنية على الفية السيرة النبوية,[1120ه؟، 1708م؟].


Munāwī, ʻAbd al-Raʼūf ibn Tāj al-ʻĀrifīn,d. 1621.مناوي، عبد الرؤوف بن تاج العارفين.

Place/Date of Production:



141 leaves :paper ;223 x 170 (165 x 101) mm.


Fine (though damaged) copy of the commentary on Alfīyat al-sīrah al-Nabawīyah, or Naẓm al-durar al-sanīyah fī al-siyar al-zakīyah, a biography of the Prophet in verse, by ʻAbd al-Raḥīm ibn al-Ḥusayn al-ʻIrāqī (d.1404).

Other Title(s):

ʻUjālah al-sanīyah ʻalá Alfīyat al-sīrah al-Nabawīyahعجالة السنية على الفية السيرة النبويةTitle in GAL:Sharḥ Alfīyat al-ʻIrāqī fī al-siyar


Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
ʻIrāqī, ʻAbd al-Raḥīm ibn al-Ḥusayn,--1325-1404.--Naẓm al-durar al-sanīyah.
Muḥammad,--Prophet,--d. 632--Biography--Poetry--Early works to 1800.




Ms. codex.
Title from 'title page' (p.1) and opening matter (preface) on p.2.


"الحمد لله الذي شرح الصدور بنظم شمل الاسلام وسيرته ... وبعد فهذه عجالة سنية على الفية السيرة النبوية الحاوية مع ذلك للمعجزات والخصائص المصطوفية نظم جدنا الاعلى من قبل الام زين الاسلام حافظ مصر والحرمين والشام عبد الرحيم العراقي الشافعي رحمه الله ..."


"وقول الناظم والولي بشد الياء اي الناصر وال فيه للاستفراق اي وعلى كل الانصار والله سبحانه وتعالى اعلم بالصواب وصلى الله على سيدنا محمد وعلى اله وصحبه وسلم تسليما كثيرا دائما ابدا ... والحمد لله رب العالمين"


"Scribal," triangular, reads "نجز شرح الفية الحافظ عبد الرحيم العراقي في سيرة النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم للشرف عبد الروف المناوي قرب مصر [العصر؟] يوم السبت العاشر من شهر رمضان المعظم سنة عشرين ومائة والف بحمد الله وعونه تم رضي الله تعالى عنه ونفعنا به وبعلومه امين امين تم"


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Physical Details:

13 V(130), V-1 (139), I (141) ; chiefly quinions ; catchwords present ; foliation in black ink, Hindu-Arabic numerals ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization.


Written mainly in 25 lines per page ; mainly single column, but divided to two column to set off poetry.


Naskh ; elegant 'Syrian' or Egyptian hand [?] in a thin to medium line ; partially seriffed with small right-sloping head-serifs appearing irregularly on free-standing alif and lām, elongation of horizontal strokes, exaggerated thickness of some horizontal strokes, curvilinear descenders (some sweeping), pointing in conjoined dots or strokes (stroke for three dots looking like reversed hamzah), final nūn with dot set deep in bowl, kāf often written as vertical stroke with miniature kāf (looking like hamzah) seated above,free assimilation of letters ; replacement sections supplied in a different, possibly Egyptian hand (see pp.41-80, 279-282).


Keywords, text being commented upon, and abbreviation symbols rubricated ; textual dividers in the form of inverted commas in red.


European laid paper with 12-13 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 20-21 mm. apart (horizontal), grapes with name "B GAILLIARDON" and crown above (see pp.30-31, compare Raisin no.30 A, pp.28-29, 387 in Velkov, Les Filigranes dans les documents Ottomans, appearing in a ms. transcribed in Istanbul, 1749) ; quite thin though sturdy, fairly transluscent, dark cream in color ; replacement leaves (see pp.41-80, 279-282) in brown wove paper ; extensive pest damage ; many repairs in same wove paper as replacements.


Pasteboards covered in tan leather ; Type II binding (with flap) ; board linings in untinted laid paper ; upper and lower covers carry blind-stamped scalloped mandorla, pendants and cornerpieces (each filled with vegetal composition), along with tooled rosette accents and border in a series of s-shaped stamps flanked by rules ; sewn in pink thread, two stations, mainly gone ; textblock completely detached (or perhaps never attached, ill-fitting and likely not original), cover serves more as a wrapper ; overall in poor condition with significant abrasion and lifting of leather, some pest damage, etc.

Accompanying Materials:

a. Acquisitions slip from Yahuda -- b. Inventory cataloguing slip (on recycled card) in hand of Winifred Smeaton Thomas.

Former Shelfmarks:

From interior of upper cover and spine label "IL 205" (likely supplied by Yahuda, see acquisitions slip).


As appears in colophon on p.282, transcription of replacements completed 10 Ramaḍān 1120 [November 1708] ; paper in bulk of codex suggest 18th century transcription.

Ownership and History:

Possible former owners' mark on upper board lining in name of Shaykh Aḥmad ibn Shaykh ʻAbd al-Qādir ( شيخ احمد بن شيخ عبد القادر ) ; effaced statement on 'title page' (p.1) ; glosses and marginal corrections ; some notabilia (side heads).

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Former Owner(s):

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In Collection:

Yahuda Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,II 65-66 (no.2) ; II 305-6 (no.3)Ḥājjī Khalīfah. Kahshf al-ẓunūn,iii 216, no.4999Velkov, Asparouh. Les Filigranes dans les documents Ottomans: divers types d'images. Sofia: Éditions "Texte - A. Trayanov", 2005.

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

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