Isl. Ms. 943


[Kitāb ʻIṣām al-Dīn Sharḥ al-Risālah al-Samarqandīyah ...etc.,late 17th or early 18th century?].[كتاب عصام الدين شرح الرسالة السمرقندية ... الخ,اواخر القرن 17 او اوائل القرن 18م؟].


ʻIṣām al-Asfarāyīnī, Ibrāhīm ibn Muḥammad,1468 or 9-1538 or 9.عصام الأسفرايني ، إبراهيم بن محمد.

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30 leaves :paper ;207 x 158 (133 x 79) mm.


Fine copy of the commentary by ‘Isām al-Dīn Ibrāhīm ibn Muḥammad ibn ʻArab Shāh al-Isfarā’inī (al-Isfarāyinī) (d.1537) upon al-Risālah al-Samarqandīyah, a work on metaphor (istiʻārah) by Abū al-Qāsim ibn Abī Bakr al- Samarqandī (ca. 1483), followed by a a brief selection of alghāz (riddles) in verse by ʻAbd Allāh Abū al-Mawāhib al-Ṣiddīqī al-Bakrī Sibṭ al-Ḥasan (fl. 1643).

Other Title(s):

From paper label on upper cover:عصام على السمرقنديةعصام للسمرقندية


Arabic language--Rhetoric--Early works to 1800.
Arabic language--Figures of speech--Early works to 1800.
Metaphor--Early works to 1800.
Riddles, Arabic--Early works to 1800.
Arabic poetry--1258-1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Samarqandī, Abū al-Qāsim ibn Abī Bakr,--15th cent.--Risālah al-Samarqandīyah.




Ms. composite codex.
Title supplied by cataloguer from inscription on 'title page' (p.1).


[Sharḥ al-Risālah al-Samarqandīyah] "يقول العبد المفتقر الى الطاف ربه الخفية عصام الدين بن محمد ... ان احسن ما تزاد به النعم الوفية وتدفع به البلية في البكرة والعشية الحمد لله الواهب العطية اي كل عطية والعطية المعهودة التي نزلت فيها السورة ..." ; [Nubdhah fī al-alghāz] "الحمد لله وكفى وسلام على عباده الذين اصطفى وبعد فهذه بعض الغاز تشرح الخاطر ويقطع بها الطريق المسافر فاقول ومن الله القبول وعليه التكلان وبه المستعان ..."


[Sharḥ al-Risālah al-Samarqandīyah] "في مقام شدة الاهتمام بالايضاح والحمد لله على تمام الاصباح بعد الظلام المحوج الى المصباح ونرجو الانتظام به في سلك دعاء الطلبة في الصباح والروح والله اعلم" ; [Nubdhah fī al-alghāz] "قلب اسمه ظهر وفي معاقيه [؟] اتسهر وهذا اخر الكلام"


[Sharḥ al-Risālah al-Samarqandīyah] "Scribal," triangular, reads "تم الشرح المبارك بحمد الله وعونه وحسن توفيقه على يد افقر العباد واحوجهم الى ربه العلي الفقير علي الواحي المالكي غفر الله له وللمسلمين تم"


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1. p.1-p.41 : Kitāb ʻIṣām al-Dīn Sharḥ al-Risālah al-Samarqandīyah / ‘Isām al-Dīn Ibrāhīm ibn Muḥammad ibn ʻArab Shāh al-Isfarāyīnī.
2. p.42 : [blank].
3. p.43-p.58 : Hādhihi Nubdhah fī al-alghāz / ʻAbd Allāh Abū al-Mawāhib al-Ṣiddīqī Sibṭ al-Ḥasan.
4. p.59 : [mainly blank].
5. p.60 : [excerpts of other riddles (alghāz) in verse].

Physical Details:

VI-1 (9), V (19), I (21), V-1 (30) ; catchwords present ; final quire trimmed to a different size ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization.


Written in 11 and 19 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Naskh ; two main hands ; opening work in a clear Egyptian hand in a medium line, partially but irregularly seriffed with small right-sloping head-serifs on occasional lām, etc., effect of tilt to the left, open and closed counters, pointing mainly in distinct dots, alif maqṣūrah pointed as yāʼ, kāf mashkūlah (mashqūqah) preferred ; second work in a clear Egyptian or Syrian hand in a thin line, partially but irregularly seriffed with dramatic inclination to the right, slight effect of words descending to baseline, marked elongation of vertical strokes, curvilinear descenders, pointing in strokes rather than distinct dots, freely ligatured.


Keywords, assages of text being commented upon, occasional vocalization, and section headings rubricated ; textual dividers in the form of inverted commas in red.


European laid paper of two types ; opening type with 9 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 22-23 mm. apart (horizontal), three crescents watermark (parallel to chain lines, see pp.4, 8-9) and "PR" countermark, creamy, sturdy, burnished to glossy ; second work on a different type (trimmed to a different size) with 6-7 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 27-28 mm. apart (horizontal), three crescents watermark (perpendicular to chains, 84 mm. long, see pp.50,55) and "Vd" countermark (see p.53).


Pasteboards covered in marbled paper (salmon, pink, orange, blue) with light brown leather over spine and fore edge flap ; Type II binding (with flap) ; boardlinings in pink-tinted laid paper ; serving more as a wrapper for the unsewn leaves (only a few bifolia still intact) ; overall in poor condition with much abrasion, staining, moisture damage, losses of leather and paper, foreedge flap detaching, opening leaves detached and split, etc.

Former Shelfmarks:

Mich. Isl. Ms. temp. no. 92


Lacks dated colophon ; each work copied separately ; paper, hand, etc. would suggest late 17th or early 18th century.

Ownership and History:

On 'title page' (p.1), label with ex libris of James Heyworth-Dunne (d.1974), stamped with inventory number, "Ex Libris | J. Heyworth-Dunne | D. Lit. (London) | No 7769" ; several seal impressions on 'title page' (p.1), incipit and following page (pp.2-3), on p.37 and at close (on p.58 and p.60), namely circular seal impression seemingly dated 1304 [1886 or 7] in name of ʻAbd al-Bāqī al-Bakrī (see below) "هذا من كتب السيد عبد الباقي البكري ٣٠٤" and rectangular waqf seal impression in blue ink "يا رب انت الله يسر لنا علم لا اله الا الله وقف هذا الكتاب لله تعالى السيد عبد الباقي البكري الصديقي سبط الحسن" in name of the aforementioned ʻAbd al-Bāqī al-Bakrī al-Ṣiddīqī Sibṭ Āl al-Ḥasan (عبد الباقي البكري الصديقي سبط آل الحسن / d.1892), shaykh of the Bakrīyah order and incumbent to niqābat al-ashrāf in Egypt during the years 1880-1891 (see de Jong, Ṭuruq and Ṭuruq-linked institutions in Nineteenth century Egypt, Ch.3, Appendix VII-IX, etc.) and oval waqf seal impression in red ink "وقف لله تعالى ومقره بيت السجادة البكرية" in name of Bayt al-Sajjādah al-Bakrīyah (بيت السجادة البكرية) ; UM Library inscription on p.3 "Dunning | Heyworth-Dunne | 6-13-51 | 71955" ; glosses and marginal corrections (often with accompanying signes de renvoi).

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

05--ʻAbd Allāh Abū al-Mawāhib al-Ṣiddīqī al-Bakrī,--fl. 1643,--Nubdhah fī al-alghāz.
05--عبد الله ابو المواهب الصديقي البكري,--نبذة في الالفاز.


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Former Owner(s):

07 ʻAbd al-Bāqī al-Bakrī al-Ṣiddīqī, d. 1892, former owner. Heyworth-Dunne, J. (James), former owner. 07 عبد الباقي البكري الصديقي، مالك سابق.

In Collection:

Heyworth-Dunne Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,II 194 (7. I. cmtre. 1)Jong, F. de. Ṭuruq and Ṭuruq-linked institutions in Nineteenth century Egypt: a historical study in organizational dimensions of Islamic mysticism. Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1978.

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

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