Isl. Ms. 636


Nūr al-‘ayn,[1035, i.e. 1626].نور العين,[1035ه, 1626م].


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

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158 leaves :paper ;205 x 158 (161 x 93) mm.


Elegant 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.

Other Title(s):

Title in Kashf al-ẓunūn :Kashf al-dīnكشف الدينTitle in Kashf al-ẓunūn :Nazḥ al-shaynنزح الشينTitle in Fihris makhṭūṭāt Dār al-Kutub al-Ẓāhirīyah:شرح تائية ابن حبيب الصفدي


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.


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


"فرض امر الصلاة والسلام على النبي المكرم صلى الله عليه وسلم توسلا الى الله العظيم الاعظم ... دعواهم فيها سبحانك اللهم وتحيتهم فيها سلام واخر دعواهم ان الحمد لله رب العالمين"


"Scribal," rectangular, reads "ووافق الفراغ من تعليقه بكرة نهار الاثنين تاسع شهر رجب الفرد سنة خمسة وثلاثين والف على يد الفقير الراجي عفو ربه القدير عمر بن اسماعيل غفر الله له ولوالديه ولجميع المسلمين امين يا رب العالمين وصلى الله على سيدنا محمد وعلى اله وصحبه اجمعين والحمد لله رب العالمين ان تجد عيبا فسد الخللا جل من لا فيه عيب ولا علا"


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Physical Details:

15 V(150), IV (158) ; almost exclusively quinions ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (mistakenly skips two pages between pp.9-10).


Written in 21 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Naskh ; elegant 'Syrian' or Turkish hand ; mainly serifless with slight effect of tilt to the left and of words descending to baseline (occasionally more exaggerated), quite rounded with curvilinear descenders (some rightward descenders majmūʻah), pointing mainly in distinct dots, kāf mashqqūah preferred (even final kāf), final yāʼ often unpointed.


Keywords, excerpts of qaṣīdah being commented upon and some abbreviation symbols rubricated ; written area surrounded by red and black triple rule-border.


European laid paper with 7 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 28-30 mm. apart (horizontal), anchor in circle watermark (see p.104, etc.) and countermark with "C B" [?] under trefoil (see p.106, etc.) ; sturdy, medium cream in color, burnished.


Pasteboards covered in light brown leather ; Type II binding (with flap) ; board linings in untinted laid paper ; spine lining in red and white striped textile ; upper and lower covers carry scalloped blind-stamped mandorla (filled with vegetal composition, similar to Déroche class. OAi 2) as well as tooled border in a series of rules ; sewn in white thread, two stations ; worked chevron endbands in red and cream, good condition ; overall in somewhat poor condition with much abrasion, staining, minor lifting of leather, upper and lower covers detaching at spine, etc. ; repairs in dark brown to black leather ; housed in box for protection.

Accompanying Materials:

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

Former Shelfmarks:

From interior of upper cover and label on fore edge flap "IL 402" (likely supplied by Yahuda, see acquisitions slip).


As appears in colophon on p.313, copied by ʻUmar ibn Ismāʻīl with transcription completed 9 Rajab 1035 [April 1626].

Ownership and History:

Ownership statement on 'title page' (p.1) in name of Muṣṭafá al-Khazzī [?] ( مصطفى الخزي ) ; pen trials (probatio pennae) on 'title page' (p.1) "تجربة الخط بالقلم لا فلح من ظلم" and a statement referring to a transaction of rent payments (اجرة البيوت) for the year 1051 [1641 or 2] with funds received by Muḥammad al-ʻAṭṭār ( محمد العطار ) ; waqf statement in upper margin of page facing incipit page (p.3) and elsewhere throughout reads "وقف مدرسة الملكية" ; collation marks and statements (appear in brown ink on verso of final leaf of virtually every quire, see p.38, 298, etc.) ; occasional glosses and marginal corrections.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

04--‘Umar ibn Ismā‘īl,--fl. 1626,--scribe.
04--عمر بن اسماعيل,--ناسخ.


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In Collection:

Yahuda Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,II 123 ; II 333Ḥājjī Khalīfah. Kashf al-ẓunūn,ii 90 ; iii 609 ; [2 / 997]Brit. Mus. Suppl.,no. 10891

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

سلک العين لاذهاب العين = شرح التائية لابن حبيب الصفدي

March 7, 2012 4:22 pm
H. Mottaghi on paragraph 3:

علوان بن عطية بن الحسين بن محمّد الهيتمي الحموي الشافعي الشاذلي المشهور بالشيخ علوان الحموي المتوفي 936هـ/1530م

March 7, 2012 4:23 pm
H. Mottaghi on whole page :

biginig of this mss like سلک العين but my comment not been correct, may be this book is summary of that book (سلک العين), however i can not sure for this comment…

March 7, 2012 4:29 pm

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