Isl. Ms. 629


Sharḥ al-Miftāḥ fī al-ma‘ānī wa-al-bayān,[16th century?].شرح المفتاح في المعاني والبيان,[القرن 16م؟].


Jurjānī, ʻAlī ibn Muḥammad,al-Sayyid al-Sharīf,1340-1413.جرجاني، علي بن محمد،السيد الشريف.

Place/Date of Production:



236 leaves :paper ;283 x 185 (200 x 106) mm.


Fine copy of al-Sayyid al-Sharīf ʻAlī ibn Muḥammad al-Jurjānī's (d.1413) commentary on the third part of Miftāḥ al-‘ulūm by al-Sakkākī (d.1228 or 29, on rhetoric (ʻilm al-maʻānī wa-al-bayān). The commentary is better known as al-Miṣbāḥ fī sharḥ al-Miftāḥ.

Other Title(s):

Sharḥ Miftāḥ al-ʻulūmشرح مفتاح العلومEdge title (tail):شرح المفتاحمصباح في شرح المفتاح


Arabic language--Rhetoric--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Sakkākī, Yūsuf ibn Abī Bakr,--1160-1229.--Miftāḥ al-ʻulūm.--Qism 3.




Ms. codex.
Title from inscription on front flyleaf (p.1).


"نحمدك اللهم على ما هديتنا اليه من دقائق المعاني في بدائع البيان واطلعتنا عليه من حقائق المثاني في بذرائع البرهان ... وبعد فقد طالما جال في صدري ودار في خلدي ان ارتب للقسم الثالث من مفتاح العلوم شرحا يدلل [؟] على صابه ..."


"لانه جزء من علم البلاغة كما صرح به فيما مر وحققه ههنا وهذا آخر ما يسرنا الله تع بمنه ولطفه من كشف فوائد هذا العلم ونظم فرائده ونسأل الله تع ان ينفع به المسترشدين وان يجعله ذخرا لنا يوم الدين"


"Authorial," rectangular, reads "ونجز الفراغ من تأليفه اواسط شوال من سنة ثلث وثمانمائة وحسبنا الله ونعم الوكيل نعم المولى ونعم النصير"


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Physical Details:

i, 18 IV(144), III (150), 9 IV(222), III (228), IV (236) ; chiefly quaternions ; quire numbering in the form of Hindu-Arabic numerals in the upper outer corner of the opening recto of each quire ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes flyleaves and mistakenly skips two pages between p.315 and p.316 and skips ahead from p.145 to p.150).


Written in 27 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Nastaʻlīq (talik) and naskh ; two main hands ; opening hand (through close of opening section on p.303) nastaʻlīq (talik), quite elegant, virtually serifless, compact but quite elongated in the horizontal, with pointing in distinct dots ; second section (from p.304 on) in naskh, fine Persianate or Turkish hand, quite rounded with some sweeping descenders, some exaggerated thickness of horizontal strokes, occasional effect of tilt to the right, pointing in strokes rather than distinct dots, point of final nūn set at opening of bowl, freely ligatured.


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


non-European laid paper of several types ; one type with 7 laid lines per cm. (horizontal) and occasional chain lines (vertical) faintly visible spaced about 17 mm. apart, dense, thick and sturday, medium cream to beige in color, well-burnished ; another type with 8 laid lines per cm. (horizontal) and chain lines (vertical) grouped in threes with 6-8 mm. between chains and 53 mm. between groups (see p.180, etc.) ; still another type with 8 laid lines per cm. (horizontal) and no chain lines visible, thin though sturdy, burnished ; leather burn (of flap design) in verso of final leaf (p.474).


Pasteboards covered in brown leather ; Type II binding (with flap) ; doublures in dark tan leather ; epigraphic stamps on interior of envelope flap ; sewn in heavy cream thread, two stations ; enbands mainly gone though traces of tailband remain ; overall in fair condition with some staining, abrasion, lifting and losses of leather (particularly at spine), fore edge flap quite ill-fitting (small), negative draw in upper cover, etc.

Accompanying Materials:

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

Former Shelfmarks:

From inner front cover and spine label, "IL 217" (likely supplied by Yahuda, see acquisitions slip).


Lacks dated scribal colophon ; paper, etc. would suggest 16th century.

Ownership and History:

Possible former shelfmarks or inventory marks on front flyleaf (p.1) ; note on 'title page' (p.3) attributes work to al-Taftāzānī ; on 'title page' (p.3) ownership statement dated 7 Ṣafar [?] 1255 [ca. 22 April? 1839] ; in name of Ahmet Bahri [?] Konavi reads "تملكه افقر عباد الله الغني السيد احمد بحرى [؟] قنوى عفى عنه في ٧ صفر [؟] سنه ٢٥٥" accompanied by circular seal impression "السيد احمد بحرى" ; rectangular seal impression dated 1226 [1811 or 12] in upper outer margin of incipit page (p.4) ; extensive marginal glosses ; occasional corrections.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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Former Owner(s):

05 Ahmet Bahri Konavi, fl. 1839, former owner. 05 احمد بحرى قنوى، مالك سابق.

In Collection:

Yahuda Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,I, 294Ḥājjī Khalīfah. Kashf al-ẓunūn,vi 17

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

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