Isl. Ms. 105


Jamʻ al-wasāʼil fī sharḥ al-Shamāʼil,[1162, i.e. 1749].جمع الوسائل في شرح الشمائل,[1162ه, 1749م].


Qārī al-Harawī, ʻAlī ibn Sulṭān Muḥammad,d. 1605 or 6.قاري الهروي، علي بن سلطان محمد.

Place/Date of Production:



488 leaves :paper ;215 x 125 mm (150 x 65) mm.


Elegant copy of a commentary on al-Tirmidhī's Shamāʼil, a work on the characteristics of the Prophet.

Other Title(s):

Title from inscription on verso of front flyleaf:شرح شمائل شريف لعلي القاري


Hadith--Criticism, interpretation, etc.--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Tirmidhī, Muḥammad ibn ʻĪsá,--d. 892.--Shamāʼil.
Muḥammad,--Prophet,--d. 632--Biography--Early works to 1800.


Headpieces (layout features)18th century.




Ms. codex.
Title from opening on p.22.


"الحمد الله خلق الخلق و الا خلاق و الا رزاق و الا فعال ... اما بعد فيقول افقر عباد الله الغني الباري علي بن سلطان محمد القاري لما كان موضوع علم الحديث ذات النبي ... و من احسن ما صنف في شمائل و اخلاقه صلى الله تعالى عليه و سلم كتاب الترمذي المختصر الجامع في سيره على وجه الوجيه الاتم ... احببت ان ادخل في زمرة الخادمين بشرح ذلك الكتاب ... و سميته جمع الوسائل في شرح الشمائل"


"و الله سبحانه اعلم تحقيقا و بعونه يوجد العلم لغيره توفيقا و الحمد لله اولا و اخرا و الصلوة و السلام على صاحب المقام المحمود باطنا و ظاحرا"


"Scribal," triangular, reads: "قد وقع فراغ من انتساخ الشرح الشريف بون الله الملك اللطيف على ايدي [؟] العباد الفقير الى رحمة العفو القدير علي بن حسين بن حسن القليبي [؟] الحنفي الحامل القران اوصله الله تعالى الى الرضوان و عاملهم الله باللطف و الغضران و سيد عثمان و خليل و ايوب و عمر و ابراهيم و سيد محمد اصلح الله تعالى حالهم و غفر الله لهم و لوالديهم امين بجاه النبي الامين يوم الخميس الاول من المحرم المحرم المعظم لشهور سنة ثلث و ستين و ماية و الف من الهجرة من له العز و الشرف الحمد لله و صلى الله على نبيه و مصطفاه و على اله و اصحابه الطيبين الطاهرين المتبعين بطريقته تم"


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Physical Details:

i, III (6), VI+1 (19), 3 V(49), IV (57), 4 V(97), IV (105), 5 V(155), III (161), VI (173), VII (187), 2 V(207), IV+ 1 (216), 5 V(266), II (270), 5 V(320), II (324), 8 V(404), II (408), 5 V(458), III (464), V (474), IV (482), III (488), i ; mainly quinions ; catchwords present ; foliation in black ink, Hindu-Arabic numerals ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals (supplied during digitization, skips a page after p.974 and then repeats p.974).


Written in 23 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Naskh-nastaʻlīq and naskh ; several hands ; naskh-nastaʻlīq sans serif with mainly closed counters, leftward tilt, and pointing in strokes rather than dots ; hand changes at p.115 to a neat naskh partially seriffed with serif on initial lām, ṭāʼ, etc., pointing in distinct dots, and open counters ; at p.211 changes to a heavier, bolder naskh, partially seriffed with rightward hook for serif on initial lām, leftward hooks for lām and alif in lām-alif, superscripting of final letters on line ; at p.251 returns to naskh-nastaʻlīq ; at p.323 changes to a naskh with slight leftward tilt, serifless, dot of final nūn assimilated with bowl, pointing in strokes rather than distinct dots ; at p.512 returns to naskh-nastaʻlīq with heavy head-serifs for lām and freestanding alif, pointing in dots rather than strokes ; at p.929 returns to initial naskh-nastaʻlīq.


Elegant illuminated headpiece (ʻunwān) at opening of table of contents on p.4, consisting of rectangular piece carrying empty gold cartouche flanked by red and green floral motifs on fields of lilac surmounted by a semi-circular (dome) piece with red flowers and sea-green vegetal motif on a field of lilac ; fillets in red as border ; table of contents ruled in red ; splended illuminated headpiece (ʻunwan) at opening of text on p.20 ; consists of a w-shaped piece (with floral vegetal decoration in white, lilac, orange, etc. on fields of blue, gold, and sea-green) set in richly decorated well in red, gold, black, and maroon ; surmounted by vertical stalks (tīgh) in blue, orange, red, and gold ; two rectangular panels sit below the well, the upper bears a cartouche carrying the basmalah flanked by panels with floral motif in red, copper, lilac on a field of gold, a design which continues in the lower rectangular panel ; written area of incipit and facing page surrounded by a frame consisting of a heavy gold band outlined by black and red fillets ; illuminated rosettes serve as textual dividers on the incipit and facing page ; elsewhere written area surrounded by red rule-border ; keywords rubricated ; overlining in red ; occasional textual dividers in the form of inverted commas.


European laid paper with 12 laid lines per cm. (vertical) and chain lines spaced 25 mm. apart (horizontal) ; watermarks include lion statant guardant.


Pasteboards covered in dark brown leather ; Type II binding (with flap, though now lost) ; board linings in yellow laid paper ; flyleaves (made endpapers) in marbled paper (blue, orange, pink, green) ; upper and lower covers carry blind-stamped and gold-painted mandorla and pendants filled with vegetal decoration along with gold-painted border of tooled fillets framing a guilloché roll in a series of s-shaped stamps ; sewn in green and pink thread, two stations ; worked endbands in mustard and green, partially intact at head and tail ; quires from first half of codex are entirely detached ; spine has only partially retained leather covering ; second half of volume retains spine covering and intact sewing ; housed in box for protection.

Former Shelfmarks:

British Museum, London "No. 41. Commentary on Shamail."


As appears in colophon on p.971, copied by ʻAlī ibn Ḥusayn ibn Ḥasan al-Qalbī [al-Qulaybī?] al-Ḥanafī, perhaps assisted by those he names. Transcription finished ("qad waqaʻa al-farāgh min intisākh al-sharḥ al-sharīf...") 1 Muḥarram 1163 [December 1749]. As appears in authorial colophon on p.970, composition completed mid-Shaʻbān 1008 [February-March 1600] in Mecca.

Ownership and History:

Bookplate of British Museum, London on interior of upper cover, "British Museum, London. No. 41. Commentary on Shamail." ; circular seal impression with figure of goat/gazelle in purple ink as well as inscription "273" in Western numerals on opening leaf of table of contents (p.1) ; "وقف" appears inscribed in margins throughout text but waqf statement lost or never inscribed ; occasional corrections (including strikethrough with red dots, see p.121, p.210, etc.) ; minimal glosses which appear to be in one hand ; marks of collation (three dots) appear occasionally in margin.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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04 ʻAlī ibn Ḥusayn ibn Ḥasan al-Qalbī, fl. 1749, scribe. 04 علي بن حسين بن حسن القلبي، ناسخ.

Former Owner(s):

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In Collection:

Tiflis Collection.


Brockelmann, C., GAL,I, 162 (II, cmt. 5)Brockelmann, C., GAL,SI, 268 (II, cmt. 5)

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Posted by evyn on June 25, 2012
Tags: Arabic MSS, Fully Catalogued, Tiflis Collection

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