Isl. Ms. 643


Sharḥ al-Mu‘allaqāt,[19th century].شرح المعلقات,[القرن 19م].


Zawzanī, Ḥusayn ibn Aḥmad,d. 1093 or 4.زوزني، حسين بن احمد.

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146 leaves :paper ;247 x 173 (164 x 95) mm.


Fine copy of the commentary on al-Muʻallaqāt, the renowned collection of pre-Islamic Arabic poems, generally numbered at seven.

Other Title(s):

Title from label on flap of enclosure:هذا شرح الزوزني على قصيدة امرء القيس احد المعلقاتشرح المعلقات السبعSharḥ al-Muʻallaqāt al-sabʻ


Arabic poetry--To 622--History and criticism--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Muʻallaqāt--Criticism, Textual--Early works to 1800.




Ms. gatherings.
Title from inscription on 'title page' (p.5).


"الحمد لله رب العالمين وصلواته وسلامه على خير خلقه محمد واله اجمعين قال القاضي الامام السيد ابو عبد الله الحسين ابن احمد الزوزني رحمه الله هذا شرح القصائد السبع امليته على حد الايجاز والاختصار على حسب ما اقترح علي مستعينا بالله على اتمامه وعليه توكلت ..."


"هذا الموضع الغنا عنا اي بلغ الغاية يريد عمرو ابن هند وانه شهد عناهم هذا اليوم تمت قصيدة الحارث بحمد الله وعونه واختتمت القصائد السبع برواية الامام الزوزني رحمه الله تعالى وصلى الله على سيدنا محمد وعلى اله وصحبه وسلم"


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Physical Details:

14 V(140), III (146) ; almost exclusively quinions ; quire numbering in the form of Hindu-Arabic numerals accompanied by ك (upper outer corner of the recto of the opening leaf of each quire) ; catchwords present (verso of each leaf) ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes inserts).


Written in 21 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Naskh ; bold, elegant Egyptian [?] hand ; mainly serifless though small head-serif appears on occasional free-standing alif, slight effect of tilt to the left, elongation of horizontal strokes, casually pointed with two and three dots often strokes rather than distinct dots, alif maqṣūrah pointed as yāʼ, quite rounded with curvilinear descenders.


Text being commented upon rubricated ; written area surrounded by red double rule-border.


European laid paper of two main types (possibly associated via the same maker) ; one type with 6 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 27-28 mm. apart (horizontal), and watermarks of crescent moon with face in shield (see p.30, 39, etc.) and "T S" (see p.14, 15, etc.) ; another type with 7 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 26-27 mm. apart (horizontal), and watermarks of three crescents with faces (81 mm. long, perpendicular to chains, see p.8, 21, etc.) and "L A F" under double-headed eagle with wings spread and dagger in each talon (see p.6, 12, 17, 23, etc. and compare nos. 1054 and 1058 in Nikolaev, Watermarks of the Ottoman Empire, vol.1 ; see also p.88 in Walz, "The paper trade of Egypt and the Sudan in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries") ; all light cream in color, well-burnished to glossy and fairly crisp though sturdy ; staining and tears (more wear at head edge).


Unbound gatherings housed in custom enclosure resembling a sort of flexible slipcase or pouch ; enclosure consists of upper and lower boards covered in block-printed paper (repeated floral motifs in pink and black on a yellow ground) and lined in recycled printed 'waste' with limp tan leather joining the two boards and covering the head, spine and fore edge ; a sturdy flap (consisting of tail edge flap, carrying a title inscription, and envelope flap) with leather pull covers the tail and slips inside the enclosure ; no evidence that textblock was ever sewn (no stations, threads, etc.) ; overall in somewhat poor condition with lifting and losses of leather, abrasion, staining, delamination of boards, etc.

Accompanying Materials:

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

Former Shelfmarks:

From 'title page' (p.5), label on 'spine' edge of enclosure, and interior of enclosure flap "IL 199" (likely supplied by Yahuda, see acquisitions slip).


Lacks dated colophon ; paper, hand, etc. would suggest early to mid 19th century.

Ownership and History:

Occasional corrections.

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Former Owner(s):

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In Collection:

Yahuda Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,I 18 ; I 288 (no.3)Ḥājjī Khalīfah. Kashf al-ẓunūn,v 635Brit. Mus. Suppl.,1029Lecomte, G. "al-Muʻallaḳāt." EI2,vol. VII, p. 254, col. 1Nikolaev, Vsevolod. Watermarks of the mediaeval Ottoman documents in Bulgarian libraries. In Watermarks of the Ottoman Empire, volume 1. Sofia: Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 1954.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 January 31, 2011
Tags: Arabic MSS, Fully Catalogued, Yahuda Collection

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شرح المعلقات السبع

March 5, 2012 1:28 pm

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