Isl. Ms. 683


[Fetava-yi Ali Efendi...etc.,18th century?].[فتاواى على افندى ... الخ,القرن 18م؟].


Ali Efendi,Çatalcalı,1631 or 2-1692.على افندىچاتالجه لو.

Place/Date of Production:



259 leaves :paper ;300 x 185 (197 x 85) mm. bound to 308 x 195 mm.


Fine copy of the collection of legal decisions (fetvas) by Ali Efendi (d.1692), followed by Tarjīḥ al-bayānāt, a work of fiqh in Arabic by Hisâlî Abdurrahman Çelebî bin Süleyman bin Eyüp Sârûhânî (d.1676) and Maruzat-ı Ebussuud, a collection of legal decisions (fetvas) issued by Abū al-Suʻūd al-ʻImādī (Ebussuud Efendi, d.1574) and sanctioned by Sultan Süleyman I (r.1520-1566).

Other Title(s):

Edge title (tail):فتاواى على افندىMaʻrūḍātFetava-yi Ebussuud


Fatwas--Early works to 1800.
Islamic law--Interpretation and construction--Early works to 1800.
Islamic law--Turkey--Sources.
Manuscripts, Turkish--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.


Headpieces (layout features)18th century.


Ottoman Turkish and Arabic.


Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloguer.


[Fetava-yi Ali Efendi] "الحمد لله رب العالمين والصلوة والسلام على سيدنا محمد واله كتاب الطيبين الطاهرين الطهارة [الطيبين الطاهرين كتاب الطهارة] زيد جنب ايكن ذكر وتسبيح والصلوة على النبى ايتمك جائز اولورمى الجواب اولور ..." ; [Tarjīḥ al-bayānāt] ; "الحمد لله عظيم البرهان وعميم الاحسان ... فان افقر عباد الله السبحان عبد السيد الرحمن بن سليمان الشهير بخصالى بين الاجناب والاخوان قد اختصر هذا الرسالة بحسب الامكان في الكتب المعتبرة البيان ..." ; [Maruzat-ı Ebussuud] "الحمد لله رب العالمين والصلوة والسلام على سيدنا خاتم النبيين وعلى اله وصحبه اجمعين اما بعد سعادتلى وفضيلتلى ومروتلى سلطانم حضرتلرينه عرض داعى منشالرى بو در كه بوندن اقدم مرحوم سيخ الاسلام ... حضرت ابو السعود ..."


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1. p.3-p.7 : [added contents listing and table of contents].
2. p.8-p.9 : [blank].
3. p.10-p.477 : Fetava-yi Ali Efendi / Ali Efendi Çatalcalı.
4. p.478-p.481 : [blank].
5. p.482-p.503 : Tarjīḥ al-bayānāt / ʻAbd al-Raḥmān ibn Sulaymān, al-shahīr bi-Khilāṣī.
6. p.504-p.518 : [Maruzat-ı Ebussuud] / Ebussuud Efendi.
7. p.519-520 : [assorted excerpts].

Physical Details:

i, IV (8), V (18), V+1 (29), 23 V(259), i ; chiefly quinions ; fol.110-111 and 112-113 bound in reverse order ; catchwords present ; foliation in black ink, Hindu-Arabic numerals ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals (includes flyleaves).


Written in 29 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Nastaʻlīq (talik) ; two elegant Turkish hands ; opening two works in an elegant nastaʻlīq (talik), characteristically serifless with effect of tilt to the right and of words descending to baseline, elongation of horizontal strokes, letterforms characteristic of nastaʻlīq (talik) ; final work in another nastaʻlīq (talik) similar to the first hand but with greater effect of words descending to baseline, thicker line and exaggerated thickness of horizontal strokes.


Illuminated headpiece (ʻunwān / sarlawḥ) at opening on p.10 consisting of rectangular piece with empty gold cartouche flanked by lavender floral motifs surmounted by scalloped semi-circular piece (dome) filled with swirling floral vegetal motifs in lavender, pink, salmon, white, etc. on a gold ground, entire piece surmounted by vertical stalks (tīgh) in blue and red and set in a well of pink with red accents ; written area of incipit and facing page surrounded by gold frame, elsewhere written area (including margin) surrounded by red rule-border ; keywords, section headings and abbreviation symbols (mainly two-teeth stroke over keywords) rubricated ; grid of table of contents outlined in red ; textual dividers in the form of gold discs on incipit and facing page ; overlining in red.


European laid paper with 11 laid lines per cm. (horizontal), chain lines spaced 22-24 mm. apart (vertical), and watermarks of crown above grapes (see p.20, 24, etc.) alternating with "P S" (see p.22, 26, etc.), thin though sturdy, well-burnished, dark cream to beige in color ; some foxing, staining and tide lines.


Boards covered in dark purple cloth with black leather over spine (quarter binding) ; Western style binding ; pastedowns and flyleaves in paper printed with floral / landscape design in shades of blue, tan, olive green, and white ; upper and lower covers carry embossed central ornament (oval scrollwork design) ; raised bands on spine, accented with stamped (turquoise-colored onlays) bands and floral motifs ; sewn in white thread, five stations, stab sewn as well ; stuck-on endbands in black and yellow ; overall in fairly good condition with minor abrasion and staining.

Accompanying Materials:

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

Former Shelfmarks:

From verso of front flyleaf "IL 362" (likely supplied by Yahuda, see acquisitions slip).


Lacks dated colophon ; paper, etc. suggests 18th century.

Ownership and History:

Extensive glosses ; occasional marginal corrections.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

04--Hisâlî Abdurrahman Çelebî bin Süleyman bin Eyüp Sârûhânî,--d. 1676.--Tarjīḥ al-bayānāt.
04--خصالى عبد الرحمن چلبى بن سليمان بن ايوب صاروخانى.--ترجيح البيانات.
05--Abū al-Saʻūd Muḥammad ibn Muḥammad,--1492 or 3-1574 or 5.--Maruzat-ı Ebussuud.
05--ابو السعود محمد بن محمد.--معروضات ابو السعود.
MaʻrūḍātFetava-yi Ebussuud


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Former Owner(s):

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In Collection:

Yahuda Collection.


Ḥājjī Khalīfah. Kashf al-ẓunūn,iv 363Brockelmann, C. GAL,II 438Ḥājjī Khalīfah. Kashf al-ẓunūn,iv,p.248

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

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