Shelfmark:

Isl. Ms. 1015

Title:

Muḥāḍarāt al-udabāʼ wa-muḥāwarāt al-bulaghāʼ,[1080, i.e. 1670].محاضرات الادباء ومحاورات البلغاء,[1080ه، 1670م].

Author:

Rāghib al-Iṣfahānī, Abū al-Qāsim al-Ḥusayn ibn Muḥammad,d. 1108 or 9.راغب الاصفهاني, ابو القاسم الحسين بن محمد.

Place/Date of Production:

[Karbalāʼ?,1670].

Size:

294 leaves :paper ;305 x 195 (237 x 111) mm.

Summary:

Fine copy of the popular adab work by al-Rāghib al-Iṣfahānī addressing in 25 chapters such topics as intellect, food, love, death, animals, etc. and including poetry and short prose anecdotes. Four volumes in one.

Other Title(s):

Muḥāḍarāt al-udabāʼ wa-muḥāwarāt al-shuʻarāʼ wa-al-bulaghāʼمحاضرات الادباء ومحاورات الشعراء والبلغاءEdge title (tail):كتاب محاضرات راغبTitle from titlepiece for second volume (p.179):محاضرات البلغاء ومحاورات الادباء والشعراء

Subject(s):

Arabic literature--Anecdotes--Early works to 1800.
Arabic poetry--Early works to 1800.
Arabic prose literature--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.

Language:

Arabic.

Notes:

Ms. codex.
Title from opening matter on p.4 and colophon on p.588.

Incipit:

"قال الشيخ ابو القاسم الحسين بن محمد بن المفضل الراغب رحمة الله عليه الحمد لله الذي تقصر الاقطار ان تحويه وتعجز الاستار ان تخفيه ... وبعد فان سيدنا عمر الله بمكانه ... احب ان اختار له مما صنفت من نكت الاخبار ومن عيون الاشعار وغيرهما من الكتب فصولا في محاضرات الادباء ومحاورات البلغاء يجعله صيقل الفهم ومادة العلم ..."

Explicit:

"فان اخطأ ركب هو واصحابه وان اصاب حول وجهه فيصير هو السائل"

Colophon:

"Scribal," triangular, reads "اخر المجلدة الرابعة من كتاب محاضرات الادباء ومحاورات البلغاء وبها اتم الكتاب والحمد لله على اتمامه اولا واخرا وظاهرا وباطنا على يد اقل الخليقة بل اللاشيء في الحقيقة العبد الفقير عبد الائمة بن المرحوم الحاجي خلف الكربلائي مولدا وموطنا في اليوم الاحد الثاني عشر من شهر شعبان المعظم من شهور سنة ١٠٨٠ ثمانين والف من الهجرة المصطفوية على مهاجرها الف الف صلوة والف الف تحية واله الاطهار ما لاح الجديران في كل حين واوان تم وكمل وبالخير عم وشمل"

Dedication:

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Contents:

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Physical Details:
Collation:

i, IV-1 (7), 35 IV (287), IV-1 (294) ; almost exclusively quaternions ; catchwords present ; middle of the quire marks in the form of oblique strokes, upper outer corner of the left-hand leaf ; foliation in pencil, Western numerals ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes front flyleaf).

Layout:

Written in 26 lines per page ; frame-ruled (impression of ruling board evident).

Script:

Naskh ; elegant, carefully executed Iraqi / Persianate hand in a medium line ; partially but somewhat irregularly seriffed (rightward serifs on many ascenders with the exception of free-standing alif, leftward serif on vertical stroke of kāf) and and fairly vertical (without inclination to the left or right) with some elongation of horizontal strokes, occasional sweeping descenders (final nūn, yāʼ, etc.), pointing (two and three dots) in strokes or conjoined dots, many closed counters ; headings in larger script approaching tawqīʻ (though not extensively ligatured).

Decoration:

Headings and keywords rubricated (except in the seventh quire from the end, pp.481-496) ; overlining and textual dividers in the form of inverted commas in red.

Support:

non-European (likely Persian or Indian) laid paper with 7-8 curved but fairly distinct laid lines per cm. (horizontal) and occasional chain lines visible ; crisp, transluscent, occasional knots and inclusions, dark cream to beige in color, very well burnished to glossy ; staining and tide lines.

Binding:

Pasteboards covered in brown leather ; Type II binding (with flap) ; doublures in tan leather ; upper and lower covers carry blind-stamped elongated mandorla (filled with floral vegetal composition) and pendants ; now sewn in white thread, two stations ; worked endbands in pink and cream, damaged ; overall in poor condition with much abrasion, staining, minor losses of board, lower cover detached etc. ; repairs to spine and fore edge flap in tan leather.

Accompanying Materials:

Slip with notes, in pencil, "MAKDISI – III | Muḥāḍarāt al-udabāʼ" and in red ink in hand of Jameson "Leave this slip in book | 293 leaves (last blank | 30 cm. | Back cover detached"

Former Shelfmarks:

Mich. Isl. Ms. temp. no. 164

Origin:

As appears in colophon on p.588, copied by ʻAbd al-Aʼimah ibn al-Ḥājjī Khalaf al-Karbalāʼī with transcription completed 12 Shaʻbān 1080 [January 1670] perhaps in Karbalāʼ where the copyist resided.

Ownership and History:

Inscribed by UM Library on reinforced 'title page' (p.3) "Spec. Coll. Lib. Sulaiman 690713-156" ; several former owners' marks on 'title page' now obscured by reinforcement (p.3) including statement, rectangular seal impression (repeated twice), and two oval seal impressions, at least one of which accompanied by statement ; ownership statement appears several times including 'title page' for second volume (p.179), close of second volume (p.353), close of third volume (p.466) and final close on p.588 dated Jumādá I 1156 [1743] in Iṣfahān in name of Sharaf al-Dīn Muḥammad Makkī ibn Muḥammad ibn Shams al-Dīn ibn al-Ḥasan Zayn al-Dīn ibn Muḥammad ibn Fakhr al-Dīn ʻAlī of the descendants (سلالة) of al-Shahīd Shams al-Dīn al-Sharīf Muḥammad ibn Makkī al-Muṭallibī al-Ḥārithī al-Khazrajī [?] al-ʻĀmilī ( شرف الدين محمد مكي بن محمد بن شمس الدين بن الحسن زين الدين بن محمد بن فخر الدين علي من سلالة الشهيد السعيد شمس الملة والدين الشريف محمد بن مكي المطلبي الحارثي الخزرجي [؟] العاملي) accompanied by rectangular seal impression (repeated here four times and elsewhere in margins, see p.199, 201, 205, etc. and even in occasional lacuae left for rubrics, see p.483) ; a further ownership statement appears at close on p.588 dated 1173 [1759 or 60] in the name of Muḥammad Bahāʼ al-Dīn Abī al-Maʻālī also of the descendants (ذرية) of Shams al-Dīn al-Sharīf Abī ʻAbd Allāh al-Shahīd Muḥammad ibn Sharaf al-Dīn Makkī al-Muṭallibī al-Ḥārithī al-Khazrajī [?] al-ʻĀmilī ... (محمد بهاء الدين ابي المعالي من ذرية شمس الملة والحق والدين الشريف ابي عبد الله الشهيد محمد بن شرف الدين مكي المطلبي الحارثي الخزرجي [؟] العاملي ...) ; occasional marginal corrections.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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Scribe(s):

07 ʻAbd al-Aʼimah ibn Khalaf al-Karbalāʼī, fl. 1670, scribe. 07 عبد الائمة بن خلف الكربلائي, ناسخ.

Former Owner(s):

08 Sharaf al-Dīn Muḥammad Makkī ibn Muḥammad ibn Shams al-Dīn, fl. 1743, former owner. 09 Muḥammad Bahāʼ al-Dīn Abī al-Maʻālī, fl. 1759, former owner. 08 شرف الدين محمد مكي بن محمد بن شمس الدين, مالك سابق. 09 محمد بهاء الدين ابي المعالي, مالك سابق.

In Collection:

Sulaiman Purchase Collection.

References:

Brockelmann, C. GAL,I 289 ; S I 505-6Rowson, E.K. "al-Rag̲h̲ibal- Iṣfahānī, Abu 'l-Ḳāsim al-Ḥusayn b. Muḥammad b. al- Mufaḍḍal." In EI2,vol. VIII, p.389, col. 2

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Posted by evyn on December 15, 2010
Tags: Arabic MSS, Fully Catalogued, Sulaiman Purchase Collection

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