Isl. Ms. 586


Kitāb Mīzān al-sharīʻah,[17th century?].كتاب الميزان الشعرانية,[القرن 17م؟].


Shaʻrānī, ʻAbd al-Wahhāb ibn Aḥmad,ca. 1493-1565 or 6.شعراني، عبد الوهاب بن احمد.

Place/Date of Production:



373 leaves :paper ;290 x 185 (181 x 97) mm.


Fine early copy of al-Shaʻrānī's (d.1565) unabridged treatise on the four madhāhib, al-Mīzān al-kubrá.

Other Title(s):

Mizān al-kubráميزان الكبرىEdge title (tail):الميزان للامام الشعراني قدس سره


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


Headpiece (layout features)17th century.




Ms. codex.
Title from inscription on front flyleaf (p.1, now pasted to opening leaf over original 'title page').


"الحمد لله رب العالمين الذي جعل الشريعة المطهرة بحرا يتفرع منه جميع بحار العلوم ... وبعد فهذه ميزان نفيسة عالية المقدار حاولت فيها ما بنموه [نحوه] يمكن الجمع بين الادلة المتغائرة في الظاهر وبين اقوال جميع المجتهدين ..."


"واستمع يا اخي مصحي وامعن النظر فيه والزم الادب مع سائر الائمة المجتهدين ليأخذوا بيدك في هوال يوم الدين والحمد لله رب العالمين وصلى الله على سيدنا محمد وعلى اله وصحبه اجمعين وحسبنا الله ونعم الوكيل ولا حول ولا قوة الا بالله العلي العظيم"


"Authorial," triangular, reads "قال المؤلف رحمه الله تعالى لهذا الكتاب شيخ الطائفة والحقيقة القطب الرباني والفرد الصمداني الشيخ عبد الوهاب الشعراني وواقف فراغه منه في سلخ شهر رمضان المعظم سنة ست وستين وتسعمائة بمصر المحروسة"


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Physical Details:

2 IV(16), V (26), IV+1 (35), 8 V(115), V+2 (127), 7 V(197), IV (205), 16 V(365), IV (373) ; chiefly quinions ; catchwords present ; foliation in pencil, Hindu-Arabic numerals, on verso of each leaf through ٢٣ ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (skips from p.277 to p.378, thereafter off by 100 pages).


Written in 29 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Naskh ; angular Egyptian or Ḥijāzī [?] hand in a medium line ; partially (and irregularly) seriffed with right-sloping head-serifs on mainly free-standing alif and lām, slight efefct of tilt to the left, elongation of horizontal strokes, pointing in distinct dots, etc.


Illuminated headpiece (ʻunwān) at opening on p.2 consisting of rectangular piece with empty gold cartouche flanked by vegetal accents (in gold on once light-blue ground), surmounted by scalloped semi-circular piece (dome) with floral chains in gold, outlined in black with red and light-blue accents on fields of gold and light-blue along with green, red and blank central element, all surmounted by vertical stalks (tīgh) and set in a well of red and gold bands ; title piece now obscured by leaf affixed to original 'title page' ; written area of incipit and facing page surrounded by a frame consisting of a narrow gold band flanked by black fillets, elsewhere written area surrounded by red-rule border ; keywords rubricated ; textual dividers in the form of three inverted commas (in red) ; several illustrated diagrams (see pp.61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67) mainly in mint green, red, and black, each with caption.


European laid paper of several types ; opening type with 11 laid lines per cm. (horizontal), chain lines spaced 32-33 mm. apart (vertical), three circles topped by stylized crown watermark ("A" in middle circle, "D" in bottom, see p.4), triple mount countermark (see p.8), thin and crisp though sturdy, fairly transluscent, well-sized and burnished to glossy ; another type with 9 laid lines per cm. (horizontal), chain lines spaced 21-23 mm. apart (vertical), three circles with cross above watermark ("IB" in center circle, crescent in top circle, see p.74) ; another type, beige to light brown in color with 7 laid lines per cm. (horizontal), chain lines spaced 35 mm. apart (barely visible, vertical), large crown-star-crescent watermark (120 mm. tall, see p.92), quite cloudy, floccular formation with knots and inclusions ; type with another crown-star-crescent watermark (82 mm. tall, see p.100), 9 laid lines per cm. (horizontal), chain lines spaced 21 mm. apart (vertical) ; other types with crown atop three circles watermark (see p.122), scrollwork or coat of arms watermark (p.160), circles topped by cross flanked by lions watermark (see p.222) and three crescents watermark (see p.240) ; significant ink burn in written area of opening quires (some to break through with losses) ; minor pest damage.


Pasteboards covered in brown leathers (one lighter in shade than the other) with spine now covered in red leather ; Type II binding (once with flap, now lost) ; upper board lining in beige laid paper ; lower board lining in yellow-tinted laid paper ; upper cover carries blind-stamped scalloped mandorla (filled with symmetrical vegetal composition) and pendants, along with tooled border (a series of s-shaped stamps flanked by rules) ; lower cover carries blind-stamped scalloped mandorla (filled with vegetal composition, compare Déroche class. OSh) ; sewn in cream thread, two stations ; worked chevron endbands in cream and red, fairly good condition ; overall in quite poor condition with flap lost, much abrasion and staining, delamination of lower board, pest damage, etc. ; composite cover, somewhat ill-fitting this manuscript with repairs in various leathers (some now damaged).

Accompanying Materials:

a. Two acquisitions slips from Yahuda -- b. Inventory cataloguing slip in hand of Winifred Smeaton Thomas -- c. Slips of a page torn from a printed book.

Former Shelfmarks:

From interior of upper cover and spine label, "IL 380" (likely supplied by Yahuda, see acquisitions slip).


As appears in colophon on p.845, composition completed 30 Ramaḍān 966 [July 1559]. Date of transcription not specified, though paper, hand, etc. suggest 17th century.

Ownership and History:

Kabīkaj invocation on upper board lining ("يا كبيكج احفظ") ; partially effaced ownership statement on 'front flyleaf' or effective 'title page' (p.1, now affixed to opening leaf, obscuring original 'title page') reads "ملك السيد عبد الاحمد الرؤف ..." [?] ; occasional marginal corrections, glosses and notabilia (side-heads) ; on p.846, inscription dated 15 Dhū al-Ḥijjah [?] 1193 [December 1779] carrying the shahādah and inscription providing death date for the author 5 Jumādá I 973 [November 1565] ; collation marks.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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Former Owner(s):

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In Collection:

Yahuda Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,II 335-8 (no.7)Ḥājjī Khalīfah. Kashf al-ẓunūn,vi 285

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

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