Isl. Ms. 1038


[Sharḥ Mukhtaṣar al-Muntahá,994, i.e. 1586].[شرح مختصر المنتهى,994ه, 1586م].


Ījī, ʻAḍud al-Dīn ʻAbd al-Raḥmān ibn Aḥmad,d. 1355?ايجي، عضد الدين عبد الرحمن بن احمد.

Place/Date of Production:



210 leaves :paper ;198 x 127 (125-130 x 70-73) mm.


Fine copy of al-Ījī's commentary on Ibn al-Ḥājib's (d.1249) Mukhtaṣar al-muntahá, an abridgement of his own treatise on law according to the Mālikī school, Muntahá al-suʼāl wa-al-amal fī ʻilmay al-uṣūl wa-al-jadal.

Other Title(s):

Edge title (tail):شرح مختصر الاصولSharḥ Mukhtaṣar al-uṣūl


Islamic law--Interpretation and construction--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Ibn al-Ḥājib, ʻUthmān ibn ʻUmar,--1175-1249.--Mukhtaṣar al-Muntahá.




Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloguer.


"الحمد لله الذي برأ الانام وعمهم بالاكرام والدعوة الى دار السلام ... وبعد فان من عناية الله بالعباد ان شرع الاحكام وبين الحلال والحرام ..."


"فما فوقها حصلت امور لا يكاد يحضر و في القدر الذي ذكره ارشاد لذلك ارشدنا الله واياكم لما ينفعنا في الدنيا والاخرة ... انه المستعان وعليه التكلان واتفق الفراغ من تسويده في السادس والعشرين من شعبان لسنة اربع وثلثين وسبعمائة والحمد لله اولا واخرا والصلوة على نبيه محمد واله باطنا وظاهرا وعلى خيار اصحابه رضوان الله عليهم اجمعين"


"Scribal," rectangular, reads "وقد وقع الفراغ من الكتابة لراقمه الفقير الحقير المستغفر من ذنبه الراجي الى غفور ربه الغني عبد القائم بن هدى الحسيني عفي عنهما سياتهما بحرمة النبي الامي العربي وآله في يوم الاربعاء الخامس عشر من شهر جمادى الثاني سنة اربع وتسعين وتسعمائة هجرية نبوية مصطفوية عليه افضل السلام والتحية حامدا مصليا ومسلما تم"


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Physical Details:

IV-2 (6), III (12), 5 IV(52), III+1 (59), 18 IV(203), III+1 (210) ; chiefly quaternions ; catchwords present ; foliation in pencil, Western numerals ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization.


Written in 21 lines per page ; frame-ruled (impression of ruling board evident).


Nastaʻlīq ; mainly an elegant Persianate or Transoxanian hand in a medium line ; quite compact and serifless with slight effect of words descending to baseline, elongation and somewhat exaggerated thickness of horizontal strokes, letterforms characteristic of nastaʻlīq, pointing mainly in strokes rather than distinct dots, sīn often marked with three dots below, final yāʼ mainly unpointed and often mardūdah, alif maqṣūrah usually mardūdah ; between p.25 and p.117 supplied in a larger and more spacious hand.


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


non-European (likely Persian or Indian) laid paper with 6 laid lines per cm. (horizontal) and chain lines only sporadically visible, occasionally in group of two (13 mm. apart) ; fairly transluscent, thin though strudy, cloudy formation with many inclusions, well-sized and burnished to glossy.


Pasteboards covered in bright red (upper cover) and deep red (lower cover) leather with spine in brown leather ; Type III binding (without flap) ; lower doublure in brown leather ; upper cover carrys blind-stamped mandorla (filled with symmetrical vegetal composition) ; sewn in pink thread, two stations, many threads broken, quires loose ; worked chevron endbands in pink and lime green, tail gone, headband damaged ; overall in poor condition with much abrasion, delamination and losses to boards, staining, etc. ; quite ill-fitting and detaching at spine ; housed in box for protection.

Accompanying Materials:

a. Copy of a letter addressed from Makdisi to Jameson, dated 17 November 1976 "Thank you very much for the 3 folios of your manuscript temporarily designated as Makdisi I. I have finally been able to identify this manuscript. It is the Commentary on the Mukhtaṣar by ʻAḍud al-Dīn al-Ījī (died A.H. 756/A.D. 1355) who finished the work in A.H. 734. There are several copies of the same work in the Garrett Collection of the Firestone Library at Princeton University, designated under the following numbers: Garrett 1478, 1479, 1627, 1628, 2170" -- b. Slip with notes in pencil and red ink "MAKDISI – I | Sharḥ Muktaṣar al-uṣūl | Keep in book | 210 leaves (last blank) | 19 cm. | Cannot be filmed."

Former Shelfmarks:

Mich. Isl. Ms. temp. no. 187


As appears in colophon on p. 417, copied by ʻAbd al-Qāʼim ibn Hudá [Hady ?] al-Ḥusaynī with transcription completed ("wa-qad waqaʻa al-farāgh min al-kitābah li-rāqimih ...") 15 Jumādá II 994 [June 1586].

Ownership and History:

Former owners' marks (including statement with octagonal seal impression and waqf statement with oval seal impression) on 'title page' now obscured by bifolium affixed to it and the upper doublure ; UM Library inscription on p.418 "Spec. Coll. Lib. Sulaiman 690713-156 1968/69?" ; glosses and marginal corrections ; collation marks.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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07 ʻAbd al-Qāʼim ibn Hudá al-Ḥusaynī, fl. 1586, scribe. 07 عبد القائم بن هدى الحسينى, ناسخ.

Former Owner(s):

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In Collection:

Sulaiman Purchase Collection.


Brockelmann,I 306 (VIII. 3.) ; S I 537Ḥājjī Khalīfah. Kashf al-ẓunūn,2/1853

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

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