Inba' al-Istifa' fi-haqq aba' al-Mustafa, a religious treatise concerning the ancestry of the Prophet Muhammad, by Muhyi al-Din Muhammad bin al-Khatib al-Amasi, better known as al-Khatib Qasim (Muhyiddin Mehmed Hatibzade) Ottoman Turkey, at madrasa Ayasofya, Constantinople, copied by the scribe 'Ali bin Muhammad bin Ahmed, during the reign of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent (reg. 1520 -66), dated 10th Rajab 936/10th March 1530

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Inba' al-Istifa' fi-haqq aba' al-Mustafa, a religious treatise concerning the ancestry of the Prophet Muhammad, by Muhyi al-Din Muhammad bin al-Khatib al-Amasi, better known as al-Khatib Qasim (Muhyiddin Mehmed Hatibzade)
Ottoman Turkey, at madrasa Ayasofya, Constantinople, copied by the scribe 'Ali bin Muhammad bin Ahmed, during the reign of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent (reg. 1520 -66), dated 10th Rajab 936/10th March 1530

£ 6,000 - 10,000
US$ 7,500 - 13,000
Inba' al-Istifa' fi-haqq aba' al-Mustafa, a religious treatise concerning the ancestry of the Prophet Muhammad, by Muhyi al-Din Muhammad bin al-Khatib al-Amasi, better known as al-Khatib Qasim (Muhyiddin Mehmed Hatibzade)
Ottoman Turkey, at madrasa Ayasofya, Constantinople, copied by the scribe 'Ali bin Muhammad bin Ahmed, during the reign of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent (reg. 1520 -66), dated 10th Rajab 936/10th March 1530
Arabic manuscript on polished paper, 81 leaves, 13 lines to the page written in clear ta'liq script in black ink, significant words and sentences underlined in red ink, catchwords, extensive Arabic commentaries written diagonally in wide outer margins, 16th Century burgundy morocco binding with stamped central medallions decorated with intertwining floral motifs and serrated leaves on a gold ground, outer borders tooled in gold, doublures of brown morocco, with flap, lacking spine
186 x 127 mm.

Footnotes

  • An Early Copy of an Ottoman Manuscript Dedicated to Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent

    Provenance
    Private collection, Lebanon.
    Thence by descent to a private UK collection, from around the 1960s.

    The colophon of this copy of the work states that it was dedicated to Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent (reg. 1520–66) in AH 931/AD 1524–25.

    The author was born in Amasya in AH 864/AD 1459-60, where he also studied, gaining expertise in subjects as varied as exegesis, law, music and the esoteric science of letters (jafr). He taught in various schools (madrasas) in Amasya and Bursa, and was for a while tutor to Prince Ahmed. He was appointed head teacher of the madrasa built by Sultan Selim I (reg.1512-20) next to Ayasofya in Constantinople, and then in the Semaniye madrasa in the same city. He died in AH 940/AD 1533-34, and was buried in Eyup. For a biography of the author, see A. Mingana, Catalogue of the Arabic Manuscripts in the John Rylands Library, Manchester 1934, pp. 705-706, no. 425. The author and his works are listed in the two following works: K. Celebi, Kashf al-Zunun, vol. I, Beirut, n.d., p. 170; O. Kehhale, Majmu' al-Mu'allifin, vol. II, Baghdad, n.d., p. 148.

    Manuscripts from the period of Sultans Bayezid, Selim I and Suleyman the Magnificent are very rare, and in the case of this copy both the author and the Sultan to whom it was dedicated were still alive when it was produced. Moreover, it was copied in 1530, only five years after it was composed in 1525.
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Inba' al-Istifa' fi-haqq aba' al-Mustafa, a religious treatise concerning the ancestry of the Prophet Muhammad, by Muhyi al-Din Muhammad bin al-Khatib al-Amasi, better known as al-Khatib Qasim (Muhyiddin Mehmed Hatibzade) Ottoman Turkey, at madrasa Ayasofya, Constantinople, copied by the scribe 'Ali bin Muhammad bin Ahmed, during the reign of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent (reg. 1520 -66), dated 10th Rajab 936/10th March 1530
Inba' al-Istifa' fi-haqq aba' al-Mustafa, a religious treatise concerning the ancestry of the Prophet Muhammad, by Muhyi al-Din Muhammad bin al-Khatib al-Amasi, better known as al-Khatib Qasim (Muhyiddin Mehmed Hatibzade) Ottoman Turkey, at madrasa Ayasofya, Constantinople, copied by the scribe 'Ali bin Muhammad bin Ahmed, during the reign of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent (reg. 1520 -66), dated 10th Rajab 936/10th March 1530
Inba' al-Istifa' fi-haqq aba' al-Mustafa, a religious treatise concerning the ancestry of the Prophet Muhammad, by Muhyi al-Din Muhammad bin al-Khatib al-Amasi, better known as al-Khatib Qasim (Muhyiddin Mehmed Hatibzade) Ottoman Turkey, at madrasa Ayasofya, Constantinople, copied by the scribe 'Ali bin Muhammad bin Ahmed, during the reign of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent (reg. 1520 -66), dated 10th Rajab 936/10th March 1530
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