Isl. Ms. 1013


Dalāʼil al-khayrāt wa-shawāriq al-anwār fī dhikr al-ṣalāh ʻalá al-nabī al-mukhtār,[19th century?].دلائل الخيرات وشوارق الانوار فى ذكر الصلوة على النبى المختار,[القرن 19م؟].


Jazūlī, Muḥammad ibn Sulaymān,d. 1465.جزولي، محمد بن سليمن

Place/Date of Production:



134 leaves :paper ;261 x 185 (193 x 116) mm. bound to 268 x 193 mm.


Elegant copy of al-Jazūlī’s (d.869/1465) celebrated collection of prayers for the Prophet, description of his tomb, his names, etc. followed by closing prayers (دعاء ختم سهليه and صلوات الصفا).

Other Title(s):

Title from illuminated headpiece at opening (p.2)دلائل الخيراتقرآن كريم


Islam--Prayers and devotions--Early works to 1800.
Sufism--Prayers and devotions--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.


Headpieces (layout features)19th century.




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


"صلى الله على سيدنا محمد واله وصحبه وسلم الحمد لله الذى هدانا للايمان والاسلام والصلوة على محمد نبيه ... وبعد هذا فالغرض فى هذا الكتاب ذكر الصلوة على النبى صلى الله عليه وسلم وفضائلها نذكرها محذوفة الاسانيد ليسهل حفظها على القارئ وهي من اهم المهمات لمن يريد القرب من رب الارباب وسميته بكتاب دلائل الخيرات وشوارق الانوار في ذكر الصلوة على النبى المختار ابتغاء لمرضات الله تعالى ومحبة فى رسوله الكريم ..."


"وصلى الله على سيدنا محمد خاتم النبيين وامام المرسلين وعلى اله وصحبه وسلم تسليما والحمد لله رب العالمين وهو حسبنا ونعم الوكيل تمت الدلائل"


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Physical Details:

Too tightly bound to discern gatherings ; pp.26-29 left blank, likely intended for a depiction of the rawḍah and minbar or Mecca and Medina but never executed ; catchwords present (partially lost to trimming) ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization.


Written in 9 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Naskh ; exquisite, bold Ottoman hand ; partially seriffed with right-sloping head-serifs mainly on lām (initial, final and isolated) and other ascenders apart from alif, slight effect of tilt to the left, curvilinear descenders, mainly open counters, pointing in conjoined dots ; fully vocalized.


Fine illuminated headpiece (ʻunwān / sarlawḥ) at opening on p.2 consisting of empty rectangular piece bordered in salmon (orange) and gold, surmounted a scalloped dome carrying title for opening section "دلائل الخيرات مقدمۀ" surrounded by floral vegetal decoration in gold, lavender, green, salmon, and blue, itself surmounted by vertical stalks (tīgh) in light blue ; written area surrounded by gold frame consisting of heavy gold band defined by black fillets with outermost red rule ; textual dividers in the form of illuminated roundels / rosettes with red and blue accents ; simple illuminated headpieces appear at other section headings throughout text.


Light brown wove paper ; pigment burn to breakthrough at inner border of frame surrounding written area in many leaves and minor pest damage.


Boards covered in red cloth ; Western style binding ; pastedowns and flyleaves in untinted wove paper ; spine gold-stamped with 'title' ("قرآن كريم") and decorative bands ; now sewn in white thread (rarely visible, see p.44) ; stuck-on endbands in mint green ; overall in quite good condition ; certainly not original (impression of a flap visible in many leaves).

Accompanying Materials:

"a. Slip of paper with notes in Jameson’s handwriting: 'Sections from the Koran / Collection of prayers / Sulaymān purchase / 10-20-70' -- b. Slip of paper with notes in Jameson’s handwriting: '?Section of the Koran? / Bought on Mr. Sulaymān’s trip. All on one order no. / Brought to RBR on 10-27-70 by Mr. Eilts. Purchased by Mr. Sulaymān from Librarie Tunisienne in 1967. Letter & invoice in MSS file' " - from handlist prepared by R. Dougherty, 1993, no longer in volume.

Former Shelfmarks:

Mich. Isl. Ms. temp. no. 162


Lacks dated colophon ; paper, decoration, etc. would suggest 19th century.

Ownership and History:

Possible former inventory mark "٦٢٤" on 'title page' (p.1) as well as a listing of the prayers from the Dalāʼil for each day of the week with instructions in Turkish ; waqf statement on facing incipit page (p.3) and at various places in text including p.24, 25, 32, 33, 36, 37, 40, 41, etc. "هذا دليل الخيرات وقف لله تعالى لكل من يقرأه ويقرأ الفاتحة لواقفه لله تعالى" ; glosses (surrounded by gold rules) and occasional marginal correction.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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Former Owner(s):

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In Collection:

Sulaiman Purchase Collection.


Witkam, Jan Just. "The battle of the images: Mekka vs. Medina in the iconography of the manuscripts of al-Jazālī's Dalāʼil al-Khayrāt." In Theoretical approaches to the transmission and edition of Oriental manuscripts. Proceedings of a symposium held in Istanbul, March 28-30, 2001. Ed. Judith Peiffer, Manfred Kropp. Beirut: Ergon verlag Würzburg in Kommission, 2007 :67-82.

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

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