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Walters Ms. W.590, Glossary of Islamic legal terminology

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Glossary of Islamic legal terminology

Text title
Al-Miṣbāḥ al-munīr fī gharīb al-Sharḥ al-Kabīr

Vernacular: المصباح المنير في غريب الشرح الكبير


As-written name: Aḥmad ibn Muḥammad ibn ʿAlī al-Muqrī al-Fayyūmī

Name, in vernacular: احمد بن محمد بن علي المقري الفيومي


This is a manuscript copy of al-Miṣbāḥ al-munīr fī gharīb al-Sharḥ al-Kabīr by Aḥmad ibn Muḥammad al-Muqrī al-Fayyūmī (d. ca. 770 AH / 1368 CE). It is a dictionary of Islamic legal terms that was originally written as a gloss on the commentary of ʿAbd al-Karīm al-Rāfiʿī (d. 623 AH / 1226 CE) on al-Wajīz fī al-furūʿ by Abū Ḥāmid Muḥammad ibn Muḥammad al-Ghazzālī (d. 505 AH / 1111 CE), entitled Fatḥ al-ʿazīz ʿalá kitāb al-Wajīz. The manuscript was copied by the shi`ite scribe ʿAlī ibn Muḥibb ʿAlī in 1083 AH / 1673 CE in Iran. The text was later collated with three other manuscripts in Mecca in 1166 AH / 1752 CE by Muḥammad al-Aṭrābazundī. The light brown goatskin binding with gold-tooled oval central medallion, pendants, and cornerpieces is contemporary with the manuscript.


1st Dhū al-Qaʿdah 1083 AH / 1673 CE




As-written name: ʿAlī ibn Muḥibb ʿAlī

Name, in vernacular: علي بن محب علي






The primary language in this manuscript is Arabic.

fol. 147a:
  1. Transliteration: tamma al-kitāb al-mubārak bi-ḥamd Allāh taʿalá /1/ wa-ʿawnih wa-ḥusn tawfīqih ʿalyad afqar ʿibād Allāh wa-aḥwajihim ilá maghfiratih ʿAlī Ibn Muḥibbʿalī /2/ ghafara Allāh lahu wa-li-wālidayhi wa-mashāyikhih wa-jamīʿ al-muslimīn /3/ ghurrat shahr Dhī al-Qaʿdah sanat /4/ tal<ā>th wa-thamānīn wa-alf aḥsana Allāh /5/ ʿāqibatahahā bi-khayr bi-Muḥammad wa-<ā>alih amīn amīn /6/ yā Rabb al-ʿālamīn /7/
  2. Comment: Colophon gives the name of the scribe and the date of copying

Support material


Laid paper


Foliation: i+148

Earlier foliation in Hindu-Arabic numerals ending on fol. 146


Catchwords: Written obliquely on versos


16.0 cm wide by 28.0 cm high

Written surface

12.5 cm wide by 24.5 cm high

  1. Columns: 1
  2. Ruled lines: 39

fols. 1b - 147b:
  1. Title: Al-Miṣbāḥ al-munīr fī gharīb al-Sharḥ al-Kabīr
  2. Author: Aḥmad ibn Muḥammad ibn ʿAlī al-Muqrī al-Fayyūmī
  3. Scribe: ʿAlī ibn Muḥibb ʿAlī
  4. Incipit: قال العبد الفقير...الحمد لله رب العالمين...
  5. Text note: Present copy was collated with three other copies by Muḥammad al-Aṭrābazundī in Makkah (Mecca), mid Shaʿbān 1166 AH / 1752 CE (see fol. 147a); title page is preceded by an alphabetical table of contents (fol. 1b)
  6. Hand note: Written in black and red naskh
  7. Decoration note: Headpiece; red double-line rulings


Upper board outside:

  1. W.590, Upper board outside
  2. Title: Binding
  3. Form: Binding
  4. Label: This light brown goatskin binding with flap is contemporary with the manuscript and is decorated with gold-tooled oval central medallion, pendants, and cornerpieces.

fol. 1 b:

  1. W.590, fol. 1 b
  2. Title: Alphabetical table of contents
  3. Form: Text page; table of contents
  4. Text: Table of contents
  5. Label: This alphabetical table of contents precedes the title page. It is written in red ink for the chapters and black ink for the folio numbers.

fol. 147a:

  1. W.590, fol. 147a
  2. Title: Colophon with later notations
  3. Form: Colophon
  4. Label: The colophon on this page gives the name of the scribe as ʿAlī ibn Muḥibb ʿAlī and the date of copying as 1083 AH / 1673 CE. Later notations were written by Muḥammad al-Aṭrābazundī in Makkah (Mecca) in the month of Shaʿbān in the year 1166 AH / 1752 CE.



Contemporary with manuscript; light brown goatskin (with flap); gold-tooled oval central medallion, pendants, and cornerpieces; pastedowns of colored paper


Muḥammad Afandī Ṭarābizānī (fol. 2a)

Aḥmad ibn ʿAbd Allāh al-Kādharūnī (fol. 2a)

Ismāʿīl al-Sayyid ʿAṭāʾ Allāh al-Mālikī al-Ḥusaynī, 1113 AH / 1701 CE, plus seal (fol. 2a)


Walters Art Museum, 1931, by Henry Walters bequest


Brockelmann, Carl. Geschichte der arabischen Litteratur (New York; Köln: E.J. Brill, 1996), 2:31; S2:20.


Principal cataloger: Gacek, Adam

Catalogers: Landau, Amy; Smith, Sita

Editor: Bockrath, Diane

Conservators: Jewell, Stephanie; Quandt, Abigail

Contributors: Barrera, Christina; Emery, Doug; Herbert, Lynley; Noel, William; Simpson, Shreve; Tabritha, Ariel; Toth, Michael B.; Valle, Chiara


The Walters Art Museum


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