Isl. Ms. 970


Hādhā Kitāb Sharḥ al-Taṣrīf lil-Zanjānī,[1087, i.e. 1676].هذا كتاب شرح التصريف للزنجاني,[1087ه، 1676م].


Taftāzānī, Masʻūd ibn ʻUmar,1322-1389?تفتازاني، مسعود بن عمر.

Place/Date of Production:



65 leaves :paper ;185-203 x 180 (145 x 87) mm. bound to 221 x 185 mm.


Careful copy of the popular commentary by al-Taftāzānī on the celebrated treatise on morphology (ṣarf) by ʻIzz al-Dīn ʻAbd al-Wahhāb ibn Ibrāhīm al-Zanjānī (fl. mid 13th century), known as Mabādiʼ al-taṣrīf or al-Taṣrīf al-ʻIzzī.

Other Title(s):

Sharḥ ʻalá al-Taṣrīf al-ʻIzzīشرح على التصريف العزيشرح السعد لتصريف الزنجاني


Arabic language--Morphology--Early works to 1800.
Arabic language--Gender--Early works to 1800.
Arabic language--Grammar--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Zanjānī, ʻAbd al-Wahhāb ibn Ibrāhīm,--fl. 1257.--Mabādiʼ fī al-taṣrīf.




Ms. codex.
Title from 'title page' inscription (p.1).


"ان اروى زهر يخرج في رياض الكلام من الاكمام ... حمدا لله على كل تواتر نعمائة الزاهرة الظاهرة وترادف الائه المتوافرة المتظاهرة ... وبعد فيقول الفقير الى الله الغني مسعود بن عمر القاضي التفتازاني ... لما رأيت مختصر التصريف الذي صنفه الامام الفاضل العالم قدوة المحققين عز الملة والدين الزنجاني رحمه الله مختصرا ينطوي على مباحث شريفة ويحتوي على قواعد لطيفة سنح لي ان اشرحه شرحا ..."


"او فتحة او غيرها للنوع وكذلك البواقي والله اعلم بالصواب واليه المرجع المآب وصلى الله على سيدنا محمد وعلى آله وصحبه"


"Scribal," rectangular and triangular, reads "تم الكتاب بحمد الله وعونه ووافق الفراغ منه في صبيحة يوم الخميس المبارك سادس شهر رمضان المعظم قدره من شهور سنة سبعة وثمانين والف من الهجرة النبوية على صاحبها افضل الصلاة والسلام وعلقها بيده الفانية افقر خلق الله واحوجهم الى عفوه ومغفرته محمد بن يوسف ابن علي بن ابي جميل القاهري منشأ الازهري سكنا ومجاورة الشافعي مذهبا غفر الله له ولوالديه وللمسلمين امين م"


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Physical Details:

V-1 (9), 5 V(59), III (65) ; Chiefly quinions ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, presumably supplied during digitization.


Written in 21 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Naskh ; compact, angular Egyptian hand in a medium line ; seriffed with blob or dot-like serifs (resembling the dots used for pointing) on most ascenders, slight effect of tilt to the left, mainly curvilinear descenders, pointing in distinct dots, alif maqṣūrah usually pointed as yāʼ ; extensively vocalized.


Headings, some keywords and text being commented upon rubricated ; textual dividers in the form of inverted commas in red.


European laid paper with 7 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 23-24 mm. apart (horizontal), three crescents watermark (75 mm. tall, parallel to chains, see p.28, 29, etc.), and "AD" countermark (see p.9, etc.) ; light cream in color, well-burnished to glossy, sturdy though quite crisp and fairly transluscent ; staining.


Boards covered in dark green cloth with dark green leather over spine (quarter binding), serving as a custom wrapper or case in portfolio style with flaps extending from the edges of the lower board and cloth tape tie closure ; board linings and flap coverings in wove paper printed with a floral vegetal pattern in green ; spine gold-stamped with title and decorative accents "شرح السعد للتصريف الزنجاني | J.H.D." ; sewing virtually gone (occasional trace of primaries in yellow), though originally in two stations, many bifolia split ; textblock dramatically and very unevenly trimmed (most of upper margin lost except where glosses present) and set into portfolio (now fitting large) ; overall in fairly good condition.

Former Shelfmarks:

Mich. Isl. Ms. temp. no. 119


As appears in colophon on pp.128-129, copied by Muḥammad ibn Yūsuf ibn ʻAlī al-Qāhirī al-Azharī al-Shāfiʻī with transcription completed 6 Ramaḍān 1087 [November 1676].

Ownership and History:

On upper board lining, label with ex libris of James Heyworth-Dunne (d.1974), stamped with inventory number, "Ex Libris | J. Heyworth-Dunne | D. Lit. (London) | No 7781" ; UM Library inscription on label on upper board lining and on p.3 "Dunning | Heyworth-Dunne | 6-11-51 | 71955" ; ownership statement on 'title page' (p.1) in name of Ḥusayn [Ḥasan ?] al-Jarmī ( حسن الجرمي ) ; waqf statement framing colophon on p.129 dated 1287 [1869 or 70] ; possible former inventory mark in pencil on verso of final leaf (p.130) "231 / 53" ; glosses and marginal corrections.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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05 Muḥammad ibn Yūsuf ibn ʻAlī al-Qāhirī, fl. 1676, scribe. 05 محمد بن يوسف بن علي القاهري، ناسخ.

Former Owner(s):

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

In Collection:

Heyworth-Dunne Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,I 283 15.(16.)/I. cmtre. 1 ; S I 497-98

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Posted by evyn on December 7, 2010
Tags: Arabic MSS, Fully Catalogued, Heyworth-Dunne Collection

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