Isl. Ms. 635


Sharḥ al-Tā’īyah,[1002, i.e. 1594].شرح التائية,[1002ه، 1594م].


Ḥamawī, ʻAlī ibn ʻAṭīyah,d. 1530.حموي، علي بن عطية.

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189 leaves :paper ;215 x 142 (173-180 x 83-85) mm.


Fine copy of the commentary by ʻAlī ibn ʻAṭīyah ibn Ḥasan, ʻAlwān al-Ḥamawī (d.1530) on the Ṣūfī qaṣīdah in tāʼ by ‘Abd al-Qādir ibn Muḥammad ibn ʻUmar ibn Ḥabīb al-Ṣafadī (d. 1509) entitled Silk al-ʻayn li-idhhāb al-ghayn. Followed by several excerpts (pp.372-375).

Other Title(s):

Title in Kashf al-ẓunūn :Nūr al-ʻaynنور العينTitle in Kashf al-ẓunūn :Kashf al-dīnكشف الدينTitle in Kashf al-ẓunūn :Nazḥ al-shaynنزح الشين


Sufi poetry, Arabic--History and criticism--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Ṣafadī, ʻAbd al-Qādir ibn Muḥammad,--d. 1509 or 10.--Silk al-ʻayn li-idhhāb al-ghayn.




Ms. codex.
Title from inscription on upper board lining.


"الحمد لله هادي من يشاء الى سبيله ومغني من اختاره لمعرفته بنور يقينه عن اقامة برهانه ودليله ... اما بعد فان علم السلوك فرض عين بلا خلاف على الذكور والاناث والعبيد والاشراف ... وكتب السلوك كثيرة لا تكاد تحصر لكن من اجلها وانفعها واجمعها واخصر [اخصرها] كتاب سلك العين لاذهاب الغين تسمية المصطفى عليه الصلاة والسلام تأليف الشيخ العارف الرباني سيدي عبد القادر بن عمر بن حبيب الصفدي من بلاد الشام ..."


"فرض امر الصلاة والسلام على النبي المكرم صلى الله عليه وسلم توسلا الى الله العظيم الاعظم ... وحقيقة وصفة الى الله الواسع المنان اللهم وادخلنا في عبادك الصالحين واختم لنا بخير ولجميع المسلمين امين والحمد لله الذي هدانا لهذا وما كنا لنهتدي لو لا ان هدانا الله اللهم لك الحمد كما ينبغي لجلال وجهك ولعظيم سلطانك اللهم صل وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد ... دعواهم فيها سبحانك واللهم وتحيتهم فيها سلام واخر دعواهم ان الحمد لله رب العالمين"


"Scribal," triangular, reads "فرغ من تعليقه كتابة نهار الاثنين خامس عشر شهر جمادى الثاني سنة اثنين والف احسن الله خاتمها بخير على يد من علقه لنفسه ولمن شاء الله تعالى من بعده الفقير علي بن عبد اللطيف الايوبي العليمي اللدي الشافعي القادري غفر الله زلله وستر الله خلله وغفر له ولوالديه ولجميع المسلمين والحمد لله رب العالمين وصلى الله على سيدنا محمد واله وصحبه وسلم امين"


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Physical Details:

6 IV (48), V-1 (57), V (67), 3 IV(91), V (101), IV (109), 2 V(129), IV (137), 2 V(157), 2 IV(173), V (183), III (189) ; mix of quaternions and quinions ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (skips two pages between pp.175-176).


Written mainly in 23 lines per page ; written area occasionally divided to two columns to set off poetry.


Naskh ; clear, compact 'Syrian' (Palestinian) hand ; virtually serifless with very slight effect of tilt to the left and of words descending to baseline, many open counters, descenders mainly more rectilinear, kāf mashqūqah preferred (even final kāf), pointing in distinct dots, occasional vocalization.


Keywords and some abbreviation symbols rubricated ; textual dividers in the form of red discs or inverted commas.


European laid paper with 7 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 29 mm. apart (horizontal), anchor in circle with leaf above watermark (70 mm. tall, see p.102) and "M [?]" under trefoil countermark (see pp.104-5) ; sturdy, well-sized and burnished.


Pasteboards covered in layers of leather and paper, upper cover in brown leather with laid paper over top, lower cover marbled paper (in light blue, pink, etc. and possibly also over red-brown leather) with layers of paper over top, spine and fore edge flap now covered in brown leather ; Type II binding (with flap) ; board linings in yellow laid paper (doublure hinges trimmed in a scallop pattern) ; upper cover bears stamped mandorla (filled with vegetal composition) ; sewn in heavy dark yellow thread (even yarn), two stations ; overall in quite poor condition with significant abrasion, lifting and losses of paper and leather, delamination of boards, upper cover detaching, fore edge flap splitting, etc. ; numerous repairs in brown leather (also damaged) ; ill-fitting, perhaps not original ; housed in box for protection.

Accompanying Materials:

Acquisitions slip from Yahuda.

Former Shelfmarks:

From interior of upper cover and spine label "IL 187a" (likely supplied by Yahuda, see acquisitions slip).


As appears in colophon on p.371, copied for himself ("faragha min taʻlīqih kitābatan ... ʻalá yad man ʻallaqahu li-nafsih...") by ʻAlī ibn ʻAbd al-Laṭīf al-Ayyūbī al-ʻAlamī [al-ʻIlmī ?] al-Liddī al-Shāfiʻī al-Qādirī with transcription completed 15 Jumādá II 1002 [March 1594].

Ownership and History:

Several reading / study notes in upper board lining, one in name of ʻUmar ibn ʻAlī Ibn al-Sukkarī ( عمر ابن علي ابن السكرى ) and another in name of Muḥammad Saʻīd ibn al-Ayyūbī [?] ( محمد سعيد ابن الايوبي ) ; possible former inventory mark on upper board lining ; also on upper board lining ownership statement in name of ʻAbd al-Qādir ibn ʻUmar al-Taghlabī al-Ḥanbalī (1642 or 3-1722 or 3 ; عبد القادر ابن عمر التغلبي الحنبلي ) ; partially effaced ownership statement on 'title page' (p.1), reads "من كتب العبد الفقير اليه تعالى عبد الرحمن ...؟" ; waqf statement dated 1168 [1753 or 4] on incipit page (p.2) in name of al-Ḥājj Maḥmūd al-Ṣihrānī [?] ( محمود الصهراني ), reads "من موقوفات المرحوم الحاج محمود الصهراني سنة ۱۱٦۷" ; numerous marginal corrections ; collation note at close on p.371 reads "بلغ مقابلة حسب الطاقة والامكان بحمد الله المنان" ; reading / study note on p.373 in name of Rajab ibn Abī Bakr Sarī al-Dīn al-Aʻlam ( رجب بن ابي بكر سري الدين الاعلم ) ; two study / reading notes on p.376, one in name of Ḥasan ibn Muḥammad ( حسن بن محمد ) dated 1089 [1678 or 9], the other in name of Muṣṭafá al-Najjār [?] ( مصطفى النجار ) dated 1101 [1689 or 90] ; inscription on lower cover in name of Muḥammad ibn al-Shaykh ʻAlī al-Muʻarribānī [?] ( محمد ابن الشيخ علي المعربانى ) dated 1013 [1604 or 5] ; collation marks.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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06 ʻAlī ibn ʻAbd al-Laṭīf al-Ayyūbī al-ʻAlamī al-Liddī, fl. 1594, scribe. 06 علي بن عبد اللطيف الايوبي العلمي اللدي، ناسخ.

Former Owner(s):

07 Taghlabī, ʻAbd al-Qādir ibn ʻUmar, 1642 or 3-1722 or 3, former owner. 07 تغلبي، عبد القادر بن عمر, مالك سابق.

In Collection:

Yahuda Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,II 123 ; II 333Ḥājjī Khalīfah. Kashf al-ẓunūn,ii 90 ; iii 609 ; [2 / 997]

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Posted by evyn on October 20, 2010
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H. Mottaghi on paragraph 2:

سلک العين لإذهاب الغين
فهرس مخطوطات دارالکتب الظاهرية (تصوف): ج2، ص50

March 7, 2012 4:12 pm
H. Mottaghi on paragraph 7:

شرح التائية لابن حبيب الصَفدي

March 7, 2012 4:15 pm
H. Mottaghi on paragraph 3:

علوان بن عطية بن حسين هيتمي حموي شافعي شاذلي مشهور بالشيخ علوان الحموي (د. 936هـ/1530م)
فهرست مخطوطات دارالکتب الظاهرية (التصوف): ج2، ص50

March 7, 2012 4:17 pm

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