Isl. Ms. 1026


Matn al-Shaykh al-Qudūrī,[989, i.e. 1582].متن الشيخ القدوري,[989ه، 1582م].


Qudūrī, Aḥmad ibn Muḥammad,972 or 3-1037.قدوري، احمد بن محمد.

Place/Date of Production:



181 leaves :paper ;207 x 145 (140 x 75) mm.


Careful copy of the celebrated Ḥanafī legal manual by Abū al-Ḥusayn Aḥmad ibn Muḥammad al-Qudūrī (d.1037).

Other Title(s):



Hanafites--Early works to 1800.
Islamic law--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.




Ms. codex.
Title from inscription on added leaf at opening (p.11).


"كتاب الطهارة قال الله تعالى يا ايها الذين امنوا اذا قمتم الى الصلاة فاغسلوا وجوهكم وايديكم الى المرافق وامسحوا برؤسكم [برؤوسكم] وارجلكم الى الكعبين ففرض الطهارة غسل الاعضاء الثلاثة ومسح الرأس والمرفقان والكعبان يدخلان في الغسل ..."


"فاذا صحت المسئلة المناسخة واردت معرفة ما نسبة كل واحد من جناب [؟] الدرهم قسمت ما صحت منه المسئلة على ثمانية واربعين فما خرج اخذت له من سهام كل واحد حبة حبة والله اعلم وصلى الله على سيدنا محمد واله وصحبه وسلم تسليما دائما ابدا الحمد لله على الاتمام"


"Scribal," rectangular, reads "قد وقع الفراغ من تحرير هذا الكتاب في شهر ذي الحجة الحرام في يوم العرفة الاضحية سنة تسع وثمانين وتسع مائت تمت ... وانا الفقير المقر بالذنب والتقصير سليمان بن محمود غفر الله ذنوبهم وستر عيوبهم وجعل مسكنهم بحبوحة جنانه امين بحرمت سيد الاولين والاخرين واله الطيبين واصحابه المطهرين ..."


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Physical Details:

ii, 5 (5), V-2 (13), 16 V(173), V-2 (181), ii ; exclusively quinions ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes flyleaves and added leaves at opening).


Written in 13 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Naskh ; elegant, spacious hand in a thin line ; virtually serifless with slight effect of tilt to the left, curvilinear descenders, open and closed counters, pointing (two and three dots) mainly in conjoined dots, alif maqṣūrah occasionally pointed as yāʼ, tāʼ maftūḥah rather than tāʼ marbūṭah occasionally employed, extensively vocalized.


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


European laid paper with 9-10 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 28 mm. apart (horizontal), watermark of anchor (single line) in circle with six-pointed star above (see p.18, 36, 46, 121, etc.) and countermark of "H S" (see p.44 and compare no.38 in Velkov, Les Filigranes dans les documents Ottomans), sturdy, cream in color, well-burnished ; extensive pest damage ; added leaves and flyleaves in different European papers.


Pasteboards covered in dark red-brown leather ; Type II binding (with flap, now lost) ; board linings in untinted laid paper ; upper and lower covers carry blind-stamped mandorla (filled with symmetrical vegetal composition, compare Déroche class. NSd 7) and tooled border ; sewn in cream thread, two stations, failing ; worked chevron endbands in cream and pale pink, in poor condition with losses to headband (almost entirely gone) and tailband ; overall in somewhat poor condition with much abrasion, extensive pest damage, delamination and losses of boards, loss of flap, spine almost fully detatched from textblock, etc. ; housed in box for protection.

Accompanying Materials:

a. Slip with description in hands of Eilts and Jameson "Fiqh | Kitāb al-Ṭahārah | & other texts | on Islamic ritual requirements | Brought to RBR on 10-27-70 by Mr. Eilts. | Purchased by Mr. Sulaiman from Librarie Tunisienne in 1967. Letter & invoice in MSS file. | author | date of mss unknown" and on verso "Hanafite legal texts"

Former Shelfmarks:

Mich. Isl. Ms. temp. no. 175


As appears in colophon on p.366, copied by Ibrāhīm ibn Maḥmūd with transcription completed "fī yawm al-ʻArafah al-uḍḥīyah..", i.e. 9 Dhū al-Ḥijjah 989 [ca. 4 January 1582].

Ownership and History:

Ownership statement on front flyleaf (p.1) in name of one Muḥammad ibn Ismāʻīl ibn Maḥmūd ( محمد بن اساعيل بن محمود ) [?] ; UM Library inscription on front flyleaf (p.1) "General Library | 623379-221 | Librairie Tunisienne | 5-12-67" ; several excerpts, notes on fiqh, versification, etc. on added leaves at opening ; kabīkaj / kaykataj invocation "يا كيكتج احفظ هذا الكتاب من السوس يا كيكتج يا كيكتج" in Maghribī script on added leaf at opening (p.9) ; former owners' marks on added leaf (p.11) include ownership statement in name of one Maḥmūd (محمود) and another ownership statement in name of Muḥammad ibn Ismāʻīl ibn Maḥmūd ( محمد بن اسماعيل بن محمود ) this one dated 18 Dhū al-Qaʻdah 1281 [ca. 14 April 1865], along with oval seal impression here repeated twice and repeated again on 'title page' (p.15) and incipit page (p.16) ; marginal and interlinear glosses and corrections in several hands.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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05 Ibrāhīm ibn Maḥmūd, fl. 1582, scribe. 05 ابراهيم بن محمود, ناسخ.

Former Owner(s):

07 Muḥammad ibn Ismāʻīl ibn Maḥmūd, fl. 1865, former owner. 07 محمد بن اسماعيل بن محمود, مالك سابق.

In Collection:

Sulaiman Purchase Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,I 174 ; S I 295-6Velkov, Asparouh. Les Filigranes dans les documents Ottomans: divers types d’images. Sofia: Éditions "Texte - A. Trayanov", 2005.

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

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