Isl. Ms. 957


Hādhā Kitāb Daqāʼiq al-akhbār wa-Istikhārah wa-ghayr dhālik,[1131, i.e. 1719].هذا كتاب دقائق الاخبار واستخاره وغير ذلك،[1131ه، 1719م].


Qāḍī, ʻAbd al-Raḥīm ibn Aḥmad.قاضي، عبد الرحمن بن احمد.

Place/Date of Production:



60 leaves :paper ;190 x 140 (160 x 85) mm. bound to 202 x 150 mm.


Careful copy of ʻAbd al-Raḥīm ibn Aḥmad al-Qāḍī's eschatological work on events of the end of time and the afterlife drawn from assorted ḥadīth. Followed by several brief excerpts at close (from p.114 including "Istikhārah ʻaẓīmah" on pp.116-120), all likely entered later.

Other Title(s):

Daqāʼiq al-akhbār fī dhikr al-jannah wa-al-nārدقائق الاخبار في ذكر الجنة والنارTitle from inscription on 'title page' (p.1):كتاب در الفاخرة في احوال الاخرةدر الفاخرةاستخارة


Islamic eschatology.
Future life--Islam.
Judgment Day (Islam)
Islamic eschatology in the Hadith.
Hadith--Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.




Ms. codex.
Title from inscription on 'title page' (p.3).


"وقد جاء في الخبر ان الله تعالى خلق الشجرة [شجرة] ولها اربعة اغصان فسماها شجرة اليقين ثم خلق نوب محمد عليه السلام في حجاب درة بيضاء مثله مكثل الطاوس ووضعه على تلك الشجرة فسبح عليها مقدار سبعين الف سنة ثم خلق الله تعالى مرآة الحياة ..."


"قال انبي عليه السلام ان اهل الجنة يخرج من اجسادهم يأكلون وشربون ثم يصير طعامهم ريحا كريح المسك والكافور اللهم ادخلنا الجنة بمنك وكرمك امين والحمد لله وحده وصلى الله على سيدنا محمد وعلى اله وصحبه وسلم تسليما كثيرا الى يوم الدين امين تمت"


"Scribal," rectangular, reads "قد وقع الفراغ من تحرير الدقائق اخبار [كذا] في شهر رجب بعد النصف سنة احدى وثلثون ومائة والف سنة ١١٣١"


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Physical Details:

i, 6 V(60), i ; exclusively quinions ; middle of the quire marks in the form of ه (hāʼ or khamsah) in black ink on the upper outer corner of the left-hand leaf ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes flyleaves).


Written in 15 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Nastaʻlīq (talik) and naskh ; mainly two clear Turkish hands, each in a medium to bold line ; opening through opening lines of p.66 in nastaʻlīq (talik), serifless with effect of inclination to the right, slight effect of words descending to baseline, some elongation of horizontal strokes, pointing mainly in strokes rather than distinct dots ; p.66 through close of main work on p.114 in naskh, mainly serifless with effect of tilt to the left, curvilinear descenders, pointing in strokes rather than distinct dots ; final works in various hands.


Keywords, section headings and abbreviation symbols (mainly two-teeth stroke overlining keywords) rubricated.


European laid paper of at least two types ; through p.66 in type with 11-12 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 22-24 mm. apart (horizontal), and watermark of grapes (raisin) with stem under cartouche and crown (see pp.20, 22, 28, 32, 34, etc.), thin though sturdy, dark cream to beige in color, burnished ; from p.67 mainly in a similar "raisin" type with 11 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 23-24 mm. apart (horizontal), and watermark of grapes (raisin) under cartouche with initials "I S B" and crown (see pp.70, 76, 84, 88, 98, etc.), thicker and sturdier, medium cream in color, burnished ; final gathering in still possibly another type, lighter in color and well-burnished, though otherwise quite similar.


Boards covered in textured black cloth (repeating vegetal patern) with black leather over spine (quarter binding) ; Western style binding ; pastedowns and flyleaves in wove paper printed with a floral vegetal pattern in pink and green ; spine gold-stamped with title and decorative accents over raised bands "در الفاخرة" ; sewn in white thread over three recessed cords ; overall in fairly good condition with minor abrasion, moisture and pest damage.

Former Shelfmarks:

Mich. Isl. Ms. temp. no. 106


As appears in colophon on p.114, transcription of main work completed Rajab 1131 [May-June 1719]. As appears on p.120, text of the Istikhārah apparently entered 1271 [1854 or 5] and of following fāʼidah 1281 [1864 or 5].

Ownership and History:

On upper pastedown label with ex libris of James Heyworth-Dunne (d.1974), stamped with inventory numbers, "Ex Libris | J. Heyworth-Dunne | D. Lit. (London) | No. 7787" ; former owners' mark on 'title page' (p.3) in name of ʻAlī Ḥāmid al-Mālikī ( علي حامد المالكي ) dated 25 Muḥarram 1257 [ca. 19 March 1841], name written with letters separated in their isolated forms ; UM Library inscription on p.5 "Dunning | Heyworth-Dunne | 6-13-51 | 71955" ; interlinear and marginal glosses and occasional marginal corrections (typically with signes de renvois including caret and string of dots, see p.51, 58, etc.) ; additional notes and excerpts include list of goods on 'title page' (p.3), various prayers and methods for discernment (including decision via istikhārah), etc.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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Former Owner(s):

05 ʻAlī Ḥāmid al-Mālikī, fl. 1841, former owner. Heyworth-Dunne, J. (James), former owner. 05 علي حامد المالكي، مالك سابق.

In Collection:

Heyworth-Dunne Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,S II 420 ; S I 346

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Posted by evyn on December 1, 2010
Tags: Arabic MSS, Fully Catalogued, Heyworth-Dunne Collection

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