Isl. Ms. 1024


Tuḥfat al-ikhwān bi-baʻḍ manāqib shurafāʼ Wazzān,[1286, i.e. 1869].تحفة الاخوان ببعض مناقب شرفاء وزان,[1286ه، 1869م].


Ṭāhirī al-Jūṭī, Ḥamdūn ibn Muḥammad,d. 1777.طاهري الجوطي، حمدون بن محمد.

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199 leaves :paper ;225 x 180 (150 x 109) mm.


Fine copy of the history of the shurafāʼ (descendants of the Prophet) of Wazzān by Ḥamdūn ibn Muḥammad al-Ṭāhirī al-Jūṭī (d.1777), followed by sayings and poetic excerpts attributed to the shurafāʼ.

Other Title(s):

Title from heading at opening on p.4هذا اقوال مولانا عبد الله الشريف الحسيني


Muslim saints--Biography--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Wazzan (Morocco)--Biography--Early works to 1800.
Wazzan (Morocco)--History--Early works to 1800.




Ms. codex.
Title from opening matter on p.7.


"الحمد لله الذي جعل قلوب اوليائه محل معرفته ... وبعد فيقول العبد الفقير لمولاه الراجي مغفرته ورحمته ورضاه حمدون بن محمد الشريف الحسيني الجوطي لما دعاني منادي السعادة بلسان حاله على الافادة ... فيسر الله تعالى علي الطريق وقادني التوفيق الى معرفة القطب الامام ... مولانا الطيب بن القطب العارف بالله ... سيدي محمد بن القطب الكامل ... مولانا عبد الله الشريف الحسيني العلمي اليملاحي فاخذت عنه بواسطة تلميذه الشريف ... وكنت الازم الشيخ مولاي قاسم المذكور فاسمع منه اشارات وحكايات ينقلها عن ساداتنا المذكورين ... وسميته تحفة الاخوان ببعض مناقب شرفاء وزان ..."


"سبحان ربك رب العزة عما يصفون وسلام على المرسلين والحمد لله رب العالمين ... كمل الكتاب المبارك بحمد الله تعالى وحسن عونه والصلاة والسلام على من لا نبي بعده ..."


"Scribal," reads "حرر في ربيع الاول سنة ١٢٨٦"


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Physical Details:

i, 19 V(190), V-1 (199) ; exclusively quinions ; final leaf now partly affixed to lower board lining ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes front flyleaf and skips two pages between pp.317-318).


Written in 17 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Maghribī ; elegant hand in a fine line, mainly serifless with sweeping descenders, effect of some ascenders tilting to the right, pointing in distinct dots, etc.


Headings and some keywords rubricated, others in dark red / brown, blue or green ; written area surrounded by dark red / brown double rule-border (with blue rule defining margin of incipit and facing page) ; textual dividers in the form of red inverted commas.


European laid paper with 8 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 30-32 mm. apart (horizontal), and watermark of crescent with face in profile in shield (see p.10, 12, 13, 272, 273, 394, etc.) and "A G" [i.e. Andrea Galvani] countermark (see p.20, 112, 113, 392, etc.), dense and sturdy, only lightly burnished ; minor pest damage.


Pasteboards covered in brown leather ; Type II binding (with flap) ; upper pastedown / board lining and decoratively trimmed hinge in brown and cream mottled paper (sponge painted or faux marbled look) ; upper and lower covers carry blind-stamped scalloped mandorla (filled with symmetrical vegetal composition) and pendants with tooled rosette accents and rule border ; design continues on envelope flap ; sewn in cream thread over three recessed cords ; worked chevron endbands in lime green and yellow, fair condition with minor losses to tailband ; overall in fair condition with some staining, moisture damage (especially to lower cover), lifting and losses of spine leather, etc.

Accompanying Materials:

a. Slip with description in hand of Jameson "Biographical text| Ḥadīth literature [crossed out] | [month] Rabīʻ al-awwal 1386? or 1286? | Brought to RBR on 10-27-70 by Mr. Eilts. | Purchased by Mr. Sulaiman from Librarie Tunisienne in 1967. Letters & invoice in MSS file" -- b. A few small pages torn from a printed book, text appears to be an excerpt from the listing of the Companions of the Prophet who took part in the Battle of Badr.

Former Shelfmarks:

Mich. Isl. Ms. temp. no. 173


As appears in colophon at close on p.397 (now affixed to lower pastedown), transcription apparently completed in Rabīʻ I 1286 [i.e. June-July 1869].

Ownership and History:

UM Library inscription "Spec. Coll. Lib. | 690713-156 | Suleiman | 1968" in pencil on verso of front flyleaf (p.2) and on p.5 "General Library | 623379-22 | Librairie Tunisienne | 5-12-67" ; occasional glosses and marginal corrections ; rare notabilia (side-heads).

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Former Owner(s):

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In Collection:

Sulaiman Purchase Collection.


Walz, Terence. "The paper trade of Egypt and the Sudan in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and its re-export to the Bilad as-Sudan." In The trans-Saharan book trade: manuscript culture, Arabic literacy, and intellectual history in Muslim Africa. Graziano Krätli and Ghislaine Lydon, Eds. (Leiden : Brill, 2011): 73-108.Brockett, Adrian. "Aspects of the physical transmission of the Qurʼān in 19th-century Sudan : Script, decoration, binding, and paper." MME 2 (1987): 45-67.Walz, Terence. "The paper trade of Egypt and the Sudan in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries." In Modernization in the Sudan: essays in honor of Richard Hill. Ed. M.W. Daly, (New York: Lilian Barber, 1985): 29-48.

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

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