Isl. Ms. 264


Ḥayrat al-fuqahā khajlat al-fuḍalā,[880, i.e. 1475].حيرة الفقها خجلة الفضلا,[880ه, 1475م].


ʻAlā Muftī Bukhārī.علا مفتى بخارى.

Place/Date of Production:



153 leaves :paper ;240 x 165 (177 x 109) mm.


Elegant copy of a collection of legal decisions compiled by ʻAlā Muftī Bukhārī (Bukhārāyī). Further details on the composition, works consulted, etc. appear on pp.8-10. For other manuscript copies see Dānish'pazhūh, Nuskhahʹhā-yi khaṭṭī dar kitābkhānahʹhā-yi Ittiḥād-i Jamāhīr-i Shūravī va Urūpā va Āmrīkā: guzārish va fihrist (Nuskhahʹhā-yi khaṭṭī daftar dahum), no.173, p.105.

Other Title(s):

حیرة الفقها خجله الفضلاحيرة الفقها خجلت الفضلاحيرة الفقها خجله الفصلا [sic]حیرةالفقها و خجالت الفضلاحیرة الفقها و خجلت الفصحا


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


Headpieces (layout features)15th century.




Ms. codex.
Title from opening matter on (p.7).
Shelfmark: Ann Arbor, University of Michigan, Special Collections Library, Isl. Ms. 264


"الحمد لله رب العالمين و الصلوة على رسوله آدم ومحمد وما بينهما من الانبياء والمرسلين وعلى آله البرره الطيبين وصحبه السفره الطاهرين وعلى محبهم ومحب محبيهم الى يوم الدين چون ايزد سبحانه و تعالى بعد از تاريخ هجرت مصطفى صلى الله عليه و سلم بششصد و نودوبنج سال خواست كه دين محمدى را كه بهترين اديانست ... و اين كتاب را حيرة الفقها خجله الفصلا [الفضلاء] نام نهادم انشا الله العزيز ...."


"اين عاريت است والله اعلم بالصواب"


"Scribal," triangular, reads "تم الكتاب بعون الملك الوهاب فى غره جمادى الثانى سنه ۸۸۰ تم لفقير الحقير پر جليل برده ليق"


Apparently compiled for amīr Nawrūz Beg (d.1297) [?], see dedication on p.3 "از لطايف صنع و آثار فضل خود خداوند و مخدوم جهانان امير بزرگ عالم عادل خسرو افاق لشكركس و سپهدار خراسان و عراق نوشيروان عهد صاحب السيف و القلم مدبر امور العالم ناصر عباد الله حافظ بلاد الله المنظور من السماء المظفر على الاعداء المخصوص بعنايت رب العالمين خسرو زمين و زمان صاحب قرآن امير المؤمنين برهان رسول رب العالمين غياث الاسلام و المسلمين نوروز بيگ خلد الله ملكه ..."


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Physical Details:

i, IV-1 (7), IV (15), IV+1 (24), 5 IV(64), IV+3 (75), 4 IV(107), IV+1 (116), IV (124), 2 III (136), IV (144), IV+1 (153), i ; quaternions (many anomalous) and two ternions ; catchwords present (occasionally cut off) ; foliation in black ink, Hindu-Arabic numerals ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization.


Written in 15 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Nastaʻlīq ; elegant hand ; serifless, with slight effect of words descending to baseline, closed counters, and elongated horizontal strokes, pointing somewhat inconsistent and occasionally unclear ; partially vocalized.


Exquisite illuminated headpiece (ʻunwān / sarlawḥ ) at opening on p.2 consisting of rectangular piece with cartouche ending in scalloped domes carrying inscription (" الله ولا سواك [?]" ) in foliated Kufic surrounded by swirling arabesque (all in gold) and accented by red and blue dots flanked by delicated floral vegetal composition on lapis lazuli and bordered in gold, white and turquoise bands, surmounted by a row of elegant arabesque in white, gold, red, turquoise, etc. on a lapis lazuli ground, itself surmounted by vertical stalks (tīgh) in blue ; written area throughout surrounded by narrow gold frame defined by black fillets and outermost blue rule ; some keywords chrysographed, others rubricated or in blue ink ; occasional textual dividers in the form of gold discs.


non-European (likely Persian) laid paper with 7 laid lines per cm. (vertical) and single chains irregularly visible (horizontal), sturdy and well-burnished ; many leaves now guarded ; flyleaves in European wove paper.


Pasteboards covered in tan leather with dull red leather over spine and edges / turn-ins (possible repair / restoration treatment) ; Type III binding (without flap) ; pastedowns and flyleaves in green wove paper ; upper and lower covers carry central scalloped mandorla with traces of filigreé (now lost) on recessed paper onlays ; sewn in light blue thread, two stations ; worked chevron endbands in light blue and golden yellow, good condition ; overall in somewhat poor condition with losses of onlays, some abrasion, staining, lifting of leather, etc.

Former Shelfmarks:

"129 T. De M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" inscribed in pencil on upper pastedown.


As appears in colophon on p.306, copied by Pīr Jalīl Burdahʹlīq with transcription completed 1 Jumādá II 880 [ca. 2 October 1475]. As appears in authorial colophon on p.290 (contribution to the cataloguing from Ali Safari Agh Ghaleh), composition completed 9 Shaʻbān 695 [ca. 12 June 1296].

Ownership and History:

Inscription in pencil on upper pastedown "129 T De. M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" ; assorted notes and excerpts on 'title page' (p.1) including possible ownership statement ; occasional marginal corrections, glosses and notabilia (side-heads).

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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07 Pīr Jalīl Burdahʹlīq, flourished 1475, scribe. 07 پير جليل برده ليق، ناسخ.

Former Owner(s):

Abdülhamid II, Sultan of the Turks, 1842-1918, former owner.


Abdul Hamid Collection.


Dānish'pazhūh, Muḥammad Taqī. Nuskhahʹhā-yi khaṭṭī dar kitābkhānahʹhā-yi Ittiḥād-i Jamāhīr-i Shūravī va Urūpā va Āmrīkā : guzārish va fihrist. Nuskhahʹhā-yi khaṭṭī daftar dahum. (Tihrān: Instishārāti-i dānishgāh-i Tihrān, 1358 [1962]),no.173, p.105Ṣafarī Āqʹqalʻah, ʻAlī [= Ali Safari Agh Ghaleh]. "Ḥayrat al-fuqahā va khajlat al-fuṣaḥā matn-i fiqhī Fārisī nivishtah-yi 695 q. az ʻAlāʼ Muftī Bukhārī [= Hayrat al-Fuqahā wa Khijlat al-Fusahā]." Guzārish-i Mīrās̲ 52-53 (2012): 87-94.

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Posted by evyn on November 2, 2010
Tags: Abdul Hamid Collection, Fully Catalogued, Persian MSS

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