Isl. Ms. 614


[Zubdat al-uṣūl,early 18th century?].[زبدة الاصول,اوائل القرن 18م؟].


ʻĀmilī, Bahāʼ al-Dīn Muḥammad ibn Ḥusayn,1547-1621.عاملى، بهاء الدين محمد بن حسين.

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102 leaves :paper ;182 x 123 (95 x 47) mm.


Fine [though acephalous and lacking at end] copy of Bahāʼ al-Dīn al-ʻĀmilī's (d.1621) concise work on ʻilm al-uṣūl (uṣūl al-fiqh), extensively annoted.

Other Title(s):

Zubdat al-uṣūlزبدة الاصولTitle from inscription on front flyleaf:خلاصة الاصول


Islamic law--Interpretation and construction--Early works to 1800.
Islam--Doctrines--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.




Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloguer.


"والحواس والصلوة على افضل من ارسله لتبليغ الاوامر والنواهي ... صلوات الله عليهم ما دامت الفروع مترتبة على الاصول والاجناس منقسمة بالفصول وبعد فيقول راجي عفو ربه الغني محمد المشتهر ببهاء الدين العاملي تجاوز الله عنه هذا يا اخوان الدين ما توفرت عليه دواعيكم وتكثرت اليه مساعيكم من متن متين محرر الفصول يتضمن خلاصة علم الاصول فخذوا اليكم زبدة وجيزة موصولة الى كنوزه ونخبة غريزة مطلعة على رموزه ... ورتبته على خمس مناهج ..."


"قاتبع منها لأقوى والزم ما هو اقرب الى التقوى والحمد لله على نعمائه والصلوة علي سيد انبيائه واشرف اوليائه وهذا صورة خط المصنف رحمه الله تعالى"


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Physical Details:

ii, IV-1 (7), 11 IV(95), IV-1 (102), ii ; almost exclusively quaternions ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes inserts and some flyleaves).


Written in 6 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Naskh ; elegant Persianiate hand ; virtually serifless with curvilinear descenders, pointing in distinct dots, occasional sweeping tails, etc. ; glosses in nastaʻlīq.


Keywords, section headings and some abbreviation symbols rubricated ; occasional overlining in red.


non-European (likely Persian or Indian) laid paper with 8 laid lines per cm. (horizontal and vertical, varies) and occasional single chain lines visible (see p.12, 70, etc.) ; medium cream in color, transluscent, sturdy and well-burnished.


Boards covered in block-stamped paper (pinwheel with star pattern in blue and black on a white, blue-spotted ground) with dark brown leather over spine (quarter binding) ; Type III binding (without flap) ; board linings in untinted paper ; sewn in dark blue thread, four stations ; worked chevron endbands in brown and yellow, good condition ; overall in fair condition with abrasion, staining, etc.

Accompanying Materials:

a. Acquisitions slip from Yahuda. (pp.1-2). -- b. Inventory cataloguing slip in hand of Winifred Smeaton Thomas. (pp.3-4)

Former Shelfmarks:

From inner front cover and spine label, "IL 113" (likely supplied by Yahuda, see acquisitions slip).


Lacks dated colophon ; paper, etc. may suggest late 17th or early 18th century.

Ownership and History:

Extensive marginal and interlinear glosses ; occasional corrections.

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Former Owner(s):

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In Collection:

Yahuda Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,S II 597 no.17Ḥājjī Khalīfah, Kasf al-ẓunūn,iii 168, no.4780

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Posted by evyn on January 31, 2011
Tags: Arabic MSS, Fully Catalogued, Yahuda Collection

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