Two Works on Islamic Beliefs and Practices


This codex comprises two works on Islamic beliefs and practices by the Ottoman writer Aḥmet bin Muḥammed Şemsī Pāşā, who died in 990 AH (1580 AD). These works are entitled Tercümet ül-Viḳāye (The translation of “Wiqāyat al-Riwāyah”) and I’tiḳādiyāt (Beliefs), as inscribed in the headings on folios 2b and 29b, respectively. Both texts were copied in black Nasta’līq script in the 10th century AH (16th century AD). On folio 2a is a note of approval by the famous Ottoman jurist Abū al-Su’ūd (Ebussuud) Efendi (died 982 AH [1574 AD]). The first composition, Tercümet ül-Viḳāye, is a versification of the well-known Ḥanafī compendium of law, known in Arabic as Wiqāyat al-riwāyah (Safeguards of transmission) by Maḥmūd ibn Ṣadr al-Sharī’ah al-Maḥbūbī, who flourished in the seventh century AH (16th century AD). The brown leather binding has a central oval medallion, with pendants and corner pieces with arabesques on a gold ground. The manuscript is from the Walters Art Museum and is designated Walters W. 665.

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Foliation: i + 35 + i. Dimensions: 15.5 centimeters wide by 26 centimeters high. Catchwords: On versos, written obliquely with framing lines in gold, blue, and black

Last updated: February 12, 2016