Isl. Ms. 1017


[Munājāt ʻAlī ibn al-Ḥusayn,late 18th or early 19th century?].[مناجات علي بن الحسين,اواخر القرن 18 او اوائل القرن 19م؟].


Zayn al-ʻĀbidīn ʻAlī ibn al-Ḥusayn,d. 710?زين العابدين علي بن الحسين.

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30 leaves :paper ;176 x 111 (112 x 60) mm.


Superb specimen of calligraphy employing the munājāt attributed to Zayn al-ʻĀbidīn ʻAlī ibn al-Ḥusayn (d.713?), often included in his collection of prayers al-Ṣaḥīfah al-sajjādīyah.

Other Title(s):

Title from inscription on 'title page' (p.1):صحيفه سجاديهمناجات الخمس عشرة لمولانا علي بن الحسين السجاد


Islam--Prayers and devotions--Early works to 1800.
Calligraphy, Arabic--Specimens.
Writing, Arabic--Specimens.
Islamic calligraphy--Specimens.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.




Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloguer.


"الهي البستني الخطايا ثوب مذلتي وجللني التباعد منك لباس مسكنتي ..."


"قد تناول الاقرباء اطراف جنازتي وارحم في ذلك البيت المظلم وحشتي وغربتي ووحدتي"


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Physical Details:

3 IV(24), III (30) ; quaternions followed by final ternion ; final leaf left blank ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization.


Written in 9 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Naskh ; exquisitely executed, large, bold Persianate hand, reminiscent of the style perfected by Aḥmad Nayrīzī (though with the sharp leftward serif on lām appearing only rarely, e.g. p.28) ; partially seriffed with right-sloping head-serif on ṭāʼ and ẓāʼ, free-standing alif sans serif and slightly tapered, two dots occasionally written vertically (one above the other), final yāʼ usually unpointed, sweeping descenders, adhering to baseline apart from occasional superscript of letters, fully vocalized.


Written area gold-flecked and surrounded by frame consisting of narrow bands of red, gold, and blue defined by black fillets ; margin also surrounded by black fillets.


Wove paper, well-burnished ; written area gold-flecked.


Pasteboards covered in dark olive-green leather ; Type III binding ; board linings and hinges in yellow-tinted paper ; upper and lower covers carry blind-tooled mandorla, pendants and border in a series of s-shaped stamps flanked by blind rules ; sewn in heavy lime green thread, six stations ; overall in fairly good condition with minor staining, etc.

Former Shelfmarks:

Mich. Isl. Ms. temp. no. 166


Lacks dated colophon ; calligraphic style, paper, etc. would suggest late 18th or early 19th century.

Ownership and History:

UM library inscription in pencil on p.3 "General Library | 690713-156 | Asadi |8-21-68" ; clean copy.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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Former Owner(s):

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In Collection:

Sulaiman Purchase Collection.


Kohlberg, E. "Zaynal-ʿĀbidīn (“Ornament of the Worshippers”) ʿAlīb. al-Ḥusayn b. ʿAlī b. Abī d̲j̲ālib." In EI2,Vol. XI, p.481, col. 2

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Posted by evyn on December 7, 2010
Tags: Arabic MSS, Fully Catalogued, Sulaiman Purchase Collection

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