Isl. Ms. 960


[Kitāb Mūqid al-adhhān wa-mūqiẓ al-wasnān...etc.,18th century?].[كتاب موقد الاذهان وموقظ الوسنان ... الخ,القرن 18م؟].


Ibn Hishām, ʻAbd Allāh ibn Yūsuf,1309-1360.ابن هشام، عبد الله بن يوسف.

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40 leaves :paper ;202 x 150 (135-159 x 59-105) mm. bound to 213 x 156 mm.


Composite codex opening with two grammatical works, the first Mūqid al-adhhān wa-mūqiẓ al-wasnān of Ibn Hishām (d.1360) and the second an incomplete commentary on the versification by ʻAbd al-Wahhāb ibn al-Ḥasan al-Bahnasī (d.1286 or 7) of the Muthallath, a work by the lexicographer and grammarian Abū ʻAlī Muḥammad ibn al-Mustanīr known as Quṭrub. The codex concludes with Ḥujjat al-masʼūl ʻalá ʻilm al-tawḥīd, a theological work by Abū Bakr ibn Muḥammad ibn Abī Bakr ibn Mālik.

Other Title(s):

Title of opening work from opening matter on p.4:موقد الاذهان وموقظ الوسنانMūqid al-adhhān wa-mūqiẓ al-wasnānموقد الاذهان


Arabic language--Grammar--Early works to 1800.
Arabic language--Lexicology--Early works to 1800.
God--Simplicity--Early works to 1800.
Islam--Doctrines--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Bahnasī, ʻAbd al-Wahhāb ibn al-Ḥasan,--d. 1286 or 7.--Naẓm Muthallathāt Quṭrub.




Ms. composite codex.
Title supplied by cataloguer.


[Mūqid al-adhhān] "قال الشيخ الامام العلامة جمال الدين عبد الله بن يوسف بن هشام رحمه الله اما بعد حمد الفاتح عقد الاعوان المانح بالايجاز جاعل علم العربية في العلوم كالطراز فيه تفك مقفلات الالغاز ... وسميته موقد الاذهان وموقظ الوسنان ..." ; [Sharḥ qaṣīdat Muthallath Quṭrub] "قال الفقيه سديد الدين ابو القاسم عبد الوهاب بن الحسن ابن بركات المهلبي نظمت مثلث قطرب في قصيد قلتها ابياتا على حروف المعجم ... يدل كل بيت على شرح ما نظمته من اللعة اشارة واختصارا ..." ; [Ḥujjat al-masʼūl ʻalá ʻilm al-tawḥīd] "قال الفقير الى رحمة ربه ابو بكر بن محمد بن ابي بكر ... فهذه مختصرة جمعتها ترجمة للوتار سميتها حجة المسؤول على علم التوحيد ..."


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1. p.1-p.31 : Kitāb Mūqid al-adhhān wa-mūqiẓ al-wasnān / ʻAbd Allāh ibn Yūsuf Ibn Hishām.
2. p.32 : [blank].
3. p.33-p.64 : Kitāb Sharḥ qaṣīdat Muthallath Quṭrub fil-lughah al-ʻarabīyah /Ibrāhīm al-Lakhmī.
4. p.65-p.80 : Ḥujjat al-masʼūl ʻalá ʻilm al-tawḥīd / Abū Bakr ibn Muḥammad ibn Abī Bakr.

Physical Details:

i, V (10), III (16), IV (24), 2 II(32), IV (40), i ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization.


Written in 17, 23 and 15 lines per page ; frame-ruled (impression of misṭarah visible in opening work).


Naskh and Sūdānī ; opening work in a distinctive naskh with influence of Maghribī, a clear, spacious hand in a medium line, partially seriffed with right-sloping head-serifs on free-standing alif and initial lām, fairly vertical, quite blocky with rectilinear descenders, some elongation of horizontal strokes, flat strokes preferred to curves, pointing in strokes rather than distinct dots ; second work in naskh, a clear, compact Egyptian hand in a medium line, mainly serifless with slight effect of inclination to the left, and of words descending to baseline, curvilinear descenders, pointing in strokes rather than distinct dots ; final work in Sūdānī script, carefully executed in a bold line, with slight inclination of words to the left and gently sweeping rectilinear descenders.


Keywords, section headings, and passages of text being commented upon rubricated ; textual dividers in the form of three dots.


European laid paper of three different types ; opening work on type with 8 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 25-27 mm. apart, three crescents watermark (perpendicular to the chains, 90 mm. long, and "M" visible in p.2, light cream, burnished to glossy ; next work on a type with 9 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 22-23 mm. apart, and crown-star-crescent watermark with "[?] B" underneath (see pp.38, 44), burnished, dingier cream color ; final work on a type with 10 laid lines per cm. (horizontal), chain lines spaced 28 mm. apart (vertical), and three crescents watermark (perpendicular to chains, 75 mm. long), fairly rough.


Boards covered in textured black cloth with black leather over spine (quarter binding) ; pastedowns and flyleaves in wove paper printed with a floral vegetal pattern in pink and green ; resewn in white thread, eight stations ; spine gold-stamped with title and decorative accents over raised bands "موقد الاذهان" ; overall in fairly good condition.

Former Shelfmarks:

Mich. Isl. Ms. temp. no. 109


Lacks dated colophon ; paper and hand suggest 18th century for transcription of opening works ; transcription of final work perhaps late 18th or early 19th century.

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. 7790 | No. 7791 | No. 7792" ; UM Library inscription on p.3 "Dunning | Heyworth-Dunne | 6-13-51 | 71955" ; former owners' marks on 'title page' of second work (p.33) include octagonal seal impression, ownership statement in name of Muḥammad ibn al-Ḥājj [?] ( محمد بن الحاج ) and partially effaced purchase statement ; occasional glosses and marginal corrections.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

04--Maḥallī, Ibrāhīm ibn Hibat Allāh,--d. 1321.--Sharḥ qaṣīdat Muthallath Quṭrub fī al-lughah al-ʻarabīyah.
04--محلي، ابراهيم بن هبة الله.--شرح قصيدة مثلث قطرب في اللغة العربية.
05--Abū Bakr ibn Muḥammad ibn Abī Bakr ibn Mālik.--Ḥujjat al-masʼūl ʻalá ʻilm al-tawḥīd.
05--ابو بكر بن محمد بن ابي بكر بن مالك.--حجة المسؤول على علم التوحيد.
07--Quṭrub, Muḥammad ibn al-Mustanīr,--d. 821 or 2.--Muthallath.
07--قطرب، محمد بن المستنير.--مثلث.


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Former Owner(s):

Heyworth-Dunne, J. (James), former owner.

Related Works:


In Collection:

Heyworth-Dunne Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,II 23Brockelmann, C. GAL,I 103 ; S I 161 ; S II 15Walz, T. "The paper trade of Egypt and the Sudan in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries." In Modernization in the Sudan: essays in honor of Richard Hill. Ed. M.W.Daly, (New York: Lilian Barber, 1985) :29-48

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

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