Summary of Contents:
The original text of Miftāḥ al-ʿulūm
has been written by Abū Yūsuf Sakkākī
(died 626 AH/1229), which was later summarised by Khaṭīb Damishqī
(died 739 AH/1338) in a work called Talkhīṣ al-miftāḥ
. Taftāzānī has written two glosses on this 'summary', one known as Muṭawwal
and then a shorter gloss known as Mukhtaṣar
. In other words, when Taftāzānī completed his extensive commentary on Talkhīṣ al-miftāḥ in 748 AH (known as al-Muṭawwal), he then undertook to write another, shorter commentary in 756 AH (known as al-Mukhtaṣar). The current copy is the shorter edition of the writer's commentary on Talkhīṣ al-miftāḥ.
Incipit: || … لا بغیره من العلوم کالغة من الصرف والنحو تعرف دقایق العربیه و اسرارها فیکون…
Explicit: … لما فی بعض الفواتح والخواتم من ذکر الاهوال والافزاع… علی حسن الطاعة اعمارنا بالحسنی… الحمد لله رب العالمین
Colophon: تمت الکتاب… بعد الف من الهجرة النبویه سنه تسع و تسعین…
Colophon: قد وقع الفراق علی ید… محمد حسین الحسنی ولد عبدالعظیم الحسینی…
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Support: Oriental paper, Western paper (watermark, plain), plain and dark buff, regular thickness, one size, glossy.
Dimensions (leaf): 24.5 × 14.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 17.5 × 8 cm.
Shikastah Nastaʿalīq, Nastaʿalīq, three hands, regular Ḥasanī, Muḥammad Ḥusayn ibn ʿAbd al-ʿAẓīm al-Ḥusaynī حسنی، محمد حسین بن عبدالعظیم الحسینی
Additions: Explanatory marginalia; A note at the end of the copy dated 1166 AH
Maroon leather, 25 × 15 cm, front + back cover, leather+pasteboard
Gold tooled; medallion, two half-medallion
Damage to the cover's decoration; back bone mending by leather; edge mending by leather.
Origin: Unknown place of origin; 1099 AH; 1688 CE This copy is made up of different parts of various copies that are put together to create a new copy. Therefore, the date of origin and paper type varies from part to part. The completion date is, in fact, the completion date of the assembly. There are parts in this manuscript that are older than the completion date.
Provenance and Acquisition
Donated to The Ferdowsi Library by Dr Caro Minasian in 1972.