Isl. Ms. 576


Qunyat al-Munyah,[818, i.e. 1415].قنية المنية,[818ه، 1415م].


Zāhidī al-Ghazmīnī, Mukhtār ibn Maḥmūd,d. 1259 or 60.زاهدي الغزميني، مختار بن محمود.

Place/Date of Production:



150 leaves :paper ;267 x 185 (220 x 130) mm.


Fine copy of the compilation of Ḥanafī legal decisions, abridged from the work Munyat al-fuqahāʼ of his master Fakhr al-Dīn Badīʻ ibn Abī Manṣūr al-ʻArabī al-ʻIrāqī al-Quzabnī [al-Qubaznī]. Table of abbreviations employed (p.16-17) and table of contents precede text (p.17).

Other Title(s):

Qunyat al-Munyah li-tatmīm al-ghunyahقنية المنية لتتميم الغنيةTitle from inscription on 'title page' (p.17):Qunyat al-fatāwáقنية الفتاوىTitle from inscription on front flyleaf:قنية المنية


Islamic law--Interpretation and construction--Early works to 1800.
Hanafites--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Quzabnī, Badīʻ ibn Abī Manṣūr,--13th cent.--Munyat al-fuqahāʼ.




Ms. codex.
Title from opening on p.18.


"الحمد لله الذي اوضح معالم العلوم واعلى منارها ونشر في ملكوت السموات والارض اضواءها وانوارها ... وبعد ولما خلت عوالم الفضائل عن فقهاء البرية وكثرت وقوع الحوادث الشرعية ... قد شذت عن اصول المتقدمين ولا يوجد في شروح اكثر المتأخرين الا في تصنيف استاذي ... فخر الملة والدين بديع بن ابي منصور العربي ... فاستدفهت [استهدفت] منها لبابها وحررت على رسم سائر الكتب جوابها وسميته قنية المنية ورقمت اسامي الكتب والمفتين باول حروفها ..."


"فشهد عليه الوارثان المقران به هل تقبل شهادتهما كشهادتهما بالدين ام لا"


"Scribal," reads: "تم كتاب القنية بعون الله والمنة في المحرم الواقع من شهور حجة ثامن عشر وثمانمائة هجرية"


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Physical Details:

iv, IV-1 (7), 16 IV(135), IV+1 (144), III (150), i ; chiefly quaternions ; foliation in black ink, Hindu-Arabic numerals ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes flyleaves and inserts).


Written in 23 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Naskh ; elegant Turkish hand ; serifless with occasional slight effect of tilt to the right or of words descending to baseline, quite rounded and freely ligatured, some elongation of horizontal strokes, pointing in curved strokes rather than distinct dots, initial hāʼ often looking like two inverted commas situated one above the other, kāf mashqūqah preferred, partially vocalized.


Keywords, abbrevations (abbreviation symbols), and section headings rubricated.


non-European (likely Arab) laid paper with 6-7 laid lines per cm. (20 in 29 mm., horizontal, fairly distinct and curving) and chain lines (vertical) grouped in threes with 9-12 mm. between chains and 44-48 mm. between groups ; dark beige in color, fairly thick and sturdy, well-burnished to glossy ; some leaves possibly tinted dull yellow ; flyleaves in European laid paper, crown-star-crescent watermark in front flyleaf (p.6).


Pasteboards covered in red leather ; Type II binding (with flap, now lost) ; board linings in blue-tinted laid paper ; upper and lower covers carry blind-stamped scalloped mandorla (filled with vegetal decoration, compare Déroche class. OSd 8) along with a border in tooled fillets ; sewn in white thread, two stations, many threads broken or loose ; overall in poor condition with flap entirely lost, abrasion, staining, lifting and losses of leather, negative draw in upper cover, etc. ; repair to spine in linen textile.

Accompanying Materials:

a. Slip, likely in hand of Yahuda, with notes on the manuscript (pp.7-8) -- b. Inventory cataloguing slip in hand of Winifred Smeaton Thomas. (pp.9-10)-- c. Acquisitions slip from Yahuda. (pp.11-12) -- d. Insert with notes (pp. 47-48).

Former Shelfmarks:

From inner front cover and spine label, "IL 282a" (likely supplied by Yahuda, see acquisitions slip).


As appears in colophon on p.315, transcription completed Muḥarram 818 [March-April 1415].

Ownership and History:

Ownership statement in name of ʻAlī ibn Ibrāhim accompanied by oval seal impression appears on 'title page' (p.17), reads "مما [...؟] التقدير وانا العبد المذنب الفقير علي ابن الحاج ابراهيم المحتاج الى رحمة القدير عفي عنهما" ; also on 'title page' (p.17), another oval seal impression dated 1057 [1647 or 8] ; numerous glosses and marginal corrections ; notabilia (side-heads) ; collation marks (mainly "بلغ").

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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Former Owner(s):

07 ʻAlī ibn Ibrāhīm, former owner. 07 علي بن ابراهيم, مالك سابق.

In Collection:

Yahuda Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,I, 382 (44/1)Ḥājjī Khalīfah. Kashf al-ẓunūn,iv, 572

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Posted by evyn on October 27, 2010
Tags: Arabic MSS, Fully Catalogued, Yahuda Collection

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