Isl. Ms. 1028


Minaḥ al-Ghaffār sharḥ Tanwīr al-abṣār,[ca. 1757?].منح الغفار شرح تنوير الابصار,[ح 1757م؟].


Khaṭīb al-Tamartāshī, Muḥammad ibn ʻAbd Allāh,1532 or 3-1595 or 6.خطيب التمرتاشي، محمد بن عبد الله.

Place/Date of Production:

[ca. 1757?].


261 leaves :paper ;217 x 170 (160 x 105) mm.


Fine copy of the first volume of Shams al-Dīn Muḥammad ibn ʻAbd Allāh al-Timirtāshī's own commentary upon his compendium of Ḥanafī law, Tanwīr al-abṣār wa-jāmiʻ al-biḥār.

Other Title(s):

Minaḥ al-Ghaffār.juzʼ 1منح الغفار.جزء 1Edge title (tail):الجزء الاول من كتاب منح الغفارجزء الاول من كتاب منح الغفارTitle in GAL:Minaḥ al-Ghaffār


Islamic law--Interpretation and construction--Early works to 1800.
Hanafites--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Khaṭīb al-Tamartāshī, Muḥammad ibn ʻAbd Allāh,--1532 or 3-1595 or 6.--Tanwīr al-abṣār wa-jāmiʻ al-biḥār.




Ms. codex.
Title from opening matter on p.3.


"قال مولانا وسيدنا الامام العلامة ... محمد بن عبد الله بن احمد بن محمد بن ابراهيم التمرتاشي الغزي ان اجدر الخ رب يسر وتمم بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم ... ان اجدر ما افتتحت به الكتب والدفاتر ... حمد الله الذي رفع معالم الدين واعلا مناره ... اما بعد فيقول العبد الغريق في بحار الخطاء ... محمد بن عبد الله ... ان اعز ما ... الذليل في تحصيله ويرام ... علم الفقه الذي يقوم به العباد المصالح ... فالفت مختصرا جامعا لجملة من المتون المشهورة ... وسميته بتنوير الابصار وجامع البحار ثم لما افرغته في قالب التحرير والتمام ... سنح لي ان اكتب عليه شرحا لطيفا يحل مشكلاته ... عازما على ان اسميه بعد تمامه بمنح الغفار شرح تنويف الابصار ..."


"يوصل الى قبر عثمان ابن عفان ويزوره ويدعو الله ويسأل حاجته بحرمته ويستغفر الله العظيم من جميع زلاته ونقصانه ويدعو لوالديه واخوانه وجميع المؤمنين والحمد لله اولا واخرا وظاهرا وباطنا وصلى الله على سيدنا محمد وعلى اله واصحابه وازواجه وذرياته وعلى جميع اخوانه من النبيين والصديقين والشهداء والصالحين والحمد لله رب العالمين"


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Physical Details:

20 V(200), II+1 (205), 5 V(255), III (261) ; almost exclusively quinions ; middle of the quire marks in the form of double stroke looking like "٧" in upper outer corner of left-hand leaf ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (drops ten pages by following p.455 with p.446).


Written in 23 and 26-31 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Naskh ; two main hands ; opening hand through p.407 a compact, neat naskh in a thin line, partially but irregularly seriffed with right-sloping tear-drop head-serif on occasional free-standing alif, lām, etc., curvilinear descenders, slight effect of tilt to the left, pointing in strokes rather than distinct dots, final yāʼ unpointed ; from p.408 to close a compact, crowded naskh in a thin line, partially but irregularly seriffed with effect of tilt to the left, quite rounded with curvlinear descenders, pointing in distinct or conjoined dots, bar of kāf (shaqq) sweeping dramatically, point of final nūn set deep in bowl.


Section headings, notabilia and some keywords rubricated, others overlined in red ; textual dividers in the form of red hāʼ ; written area of incipit page surrounded by red double rule-border ; text being commented upon overlined in red.


European laid paper of a few different types ; opening type with 10 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 24-26 mm. apart (horizontal), and watermarks of horn / bugle in arms / shield with crown above (see p.4, 46, 55, 190-191, etc.) and of "... P ACHARD EN DAUPHINE 17[5?]7" (see p.10, 36, 50-51, 116, etc.), sturdy and well-burnished, dark cream in color ; another type with 10 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 26-27 mm. apart (vertical), and watermark of grapes with stem under crown (see p.82, 90-91, 118, 178, 310, etc.), well-burnished, beige in color ; final quires on a type with 8 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 25 mm. apart (horizontal), and three crescents watermark (about 120 mm. long, perpendicular to chains, see p.414, 440, etc.), sturdy, fairly thick and cream in color.


Pasteboards faced in block-printed paper (now gray on yellow) with red leather over spine and edges / turn-ins (decorative paper faced, leather edged, framed binding) ; possibly once Type II binding (with flap, though now lost [?]), likely two-piece binding (seam of overlapping flanges visible at spine) ; board linings in block-printed paper (silver on dark blue) ; sewn in cream thread, two stations ; worked chevron endbands in pink and light blue, damaged with some thread losses and cores exposed ; overall in poor condition with upper cover and first few gatherings fully detached, moisture damage, staining, abrasion, etc. ; housed in box for protection.

Accompanying Materials:

Small scrap torn from a printed Arabic page (between pp.106-107).

Former Shelfmarks:

Mich. Isl. Ms. temp. no. 177


Lacks dated colophon ; hand, paper, etc. would certainly suggest 18th century and dated watermark may suggest ca. 1757.

Ownership and History:

UM Library inscription on leaf obscuring original 'title page' (p.1) "Spec. Coll. Lib. 690713-156 Sulaiman 1968" ; several notes and former owners' marks (including statements, oval seal impression, etc.) on 'title page' now obscured by bifolium affixed to it and upper board lining ; notabilia (side-heads) many rubricated.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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Former Owner(s):

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In Collection:

Sulaiman Purchase Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,II 311

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

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