Collection of Five Tracts on Various Subjects by al-Suyuti


This undated manuscript contains five short essays by the prolific scholar Jalal al-Din al-Suyuti (1445−1505). The longest work in the volume is a 20-page collection of hadiths (sayings attributed to the Prophet Muhammad) pertaining to dreams, visions, and other extraordinary occurrences. The shortest work is a two-page note on al-hamd (praise), its grammar, and usage. Other titles pertain to various grammatical points in the form of questions and answers. The treatises are ordered as follows: 1. Tanwīr al-ḥalak fī imkān ruʼyat al-nabī wa al-malak (Shedding light on the possibility of seeing the Prophet or angels, folios 1−21); 2. Al-fatāwa al-naḥwiyya (Grammar edicts, folios 22−33); 3. Fajr al-thamd fī iʻrāb akmal al-hamd (Shedding light on the conjugation of akmal al-hamd, folios 33−35); 4. Rafaʻ al-sinah fī nasb al-zinah (Explaining why zinah should be an object, folios 35−45); and 5. Al-ajwiba al-zakiyya aʻn al-alghāz al-subkiyya (The good answers to al-Subki's riddles, folios 45−54). Al-Suyuti, who lived much of his life in seclusion after briefly teaching in Cairo, is recognized for his commentaries on the work of earlier scholars. His major works of reference are Tafsir al-Jalalayn (Commentary on the Qur’an by the two Jalals, i.e., Jalal al-Din al-Suyuti and Jalal al-Din al-Mahalli) and Jami’ al-Jawami’, a standard reference on hadith. His historical work on the caliphs is still in print. He also wrote a history of Rawdhah, the island in the Nile at Cairo, where he lived and wrote. The manuscript is in a clear, bookish script. Some of the works are incomplete. The name of the copyist and the date are not given.

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