Isl. Ms. 958


Hādhā Sharḥ al-Muqaddimah fī uṣūl al-dīn,[18th century].هذا شرح المقدمة في اصول الدين,[القرن 18م].


Sanūsī, Muḥammad ibn Yūsuf,ca. 1427-ca. 1490.سنوسي، محمد بن يوسف

Place/Date of Production:



145 leaves :paper ;161 x 105 (110 x 60) mm. bound to 169 x 113 mm.


Fine copy of Abū ʻAbd Allāh Muḥammad ibn Yūsuf al-Sanūsī's (d.1490) commentary on one of his brief treatises on the essentials of faith, al-Muqaddimah.

Other Title(s):

شرح السنوسي للمقدمةTitle from inscription on verso of front flyleaf:للمقدمة


Islam--Doctrines--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Sanūsī, Muḥammad ibn Yūsuf,--ca. 1427-ca. 1490.--Muqaddimah.




Ms. codex.
Title from 'title page' inscription on p.1.


"قال الشيخ الفقيه الامام الصالح سيدي ابو عبد الله محمد بن يوسف السنوسي ... الحمد لله رب العالمين والصلاة والسلام على سيدنا محمد خاتم النبيين ... وبعد فهذه كلمات قصدت بها شرح ما وضعته من المقدمة على سبيل الاختصار ..."


"وفي قبورنا ويوم يبعث الله تعالى لفصل القضاء جميع الانام وهذا آخر ما قيدناه على المقدمات نسأله سبحانه وتعالى ان ينفع بها وبشرحها الواضع والمتسبب والقرائ والكاتب والناظر والمعلم والمتعلم في الحياة وبعد الممات ... وآخر دعواهم ان الحمد لله رب العالمين تمت بحمد الله وعون وحسن توفيقه والحمد لله وحده وصلى الله على سيدنا محمد وعلى اله وصحبه وسلم م"


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Physical Details:

i, 8 V(80), VI (92), 5 V(142), I+1 (145), i ; almost exclusively quinions ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization.


Written in 11 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Naskh ; clear, spacious Egyptian hand in a medium line ; serifless with slight effect of tilt to the left, pointing in distinct dots, alif maqṣūrah usually pointed as yāʼ ; replacement sections (pp.161-184, 285-290) supplied in a different hand, larger, bolder and more carefully executed.


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


European laid paper of at least two "raisin" types, both appearing in some quires ; opening type with 11-12 laid lines per cm. (horizontal), chain lines spaced 24 mm. apart (vertical), and watermark of grapes (raisin) under cartouche and crown (see pp.8, 12, 16, 18, etc.), sturdy and well-burnished, dark cream to beige in color, minor ink burn ; other type with 11 laid lines per cm. (horizontal), chain lines spaced 18-20 mm. apart (vertical), and watermark of grapes (raisin) under cartouche with "C ♥ D..." and crown above (see pp.92, 104, etc.), sturdy and well-burnished, cream in color ; replacement sections on leaves of machine wove paper, well-burnished to glossy, light brown in color.


Boards covered in textured black cloth (repeating vegetal pattern) 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 "شرح السنوسي للمقدمة" ; sewn in white thread over three recessed cords ; overall in fairly good condition.

Former Shelfmarks:

Mich. Isl. Ms. temp. no. 107


Lacks dated colophon ; paper, etc. suggest mid to late 18th century (see Walz, "The Paper trade of Egypt and the Sudan," 83-84. Replacement leaves likely late 19th or even early 20th 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. 7788" ; ownership statements on 'title page' (p.1) include effaced statement and statement in name of Abū al-Faḍl Muḥammad al-Ṣiddīqī [?] ( ابو الفضل محمد الصديقي ) ; UM Library inscription on p.3 "Dunning | Heyworth-Dunne | 6-13-51 | 71955" ; glosses and marginal corrections.

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Former Owner(s):

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

In Collection:

Heyworth-Dunne Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,II 250 ; S II 352Walz, Terence. "The Paper trade of Egypt and the Sudan in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and its re-export to the Bilad as-Sudan." In The Trans-Saharan book trade: manuscript culture, Arabic literacy, and intellectual history in Muslim Africa. Graziano Krätli and Ghislaine Lydon, Eds. (Leiden : Brill, 2011):73-108.

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

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