Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Or 15983 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

Oriental Manuscripts

Sharh-i Hada’iq al-fava’id al-samadiyah


1 copy of Sharḥ-i Hadā’iq al-favā’id al-ṣamadīyah by Ṣādiq al-Ḥusaynī

Commentary in Persian on a treatise in Arabic, by the Iranian scholar and poet Bahā’ al-Dīn al-‘Āmilī, on Arabic grammar. The author of the commentary is Ṣādiq al-Ḥusaynī of Tabriz. The wording of the colophon shows Ṣādiq al-Ḥusaynī to have been a Shī‘ī extremely hostile to Sunnīs.

The present manuscript is possibly unique. A different commentary in Persian, entitled Sharḥ al-Favā’id al-Ṣamadīyah or Sharḥ al-Samadīyah, was composed in 1266/1850 by Mīrzā Muḥammad Tankābunī for his son Mīrzā Sulaymān: see Aḥmad Munzavī, FNKhF III, p. 2065 (only one manuscript, in Tehran University Library).  For al-‘Āmilī (d. 1030/1620 or the following year) see E. Kohlberg, ‘Bahā’-al-Dīn ‘Āmelī’, EIr III, pp. 429-30, and references there given.

Only folios 1r-10r contain full marginal text.

This is the autograph manuscript.

Colophon, f. 218r-v. Completed at Tabrīz, on a Friday in Rabī‘ al-avval 1123/April-May 1711.

Language(s): Persian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Off-white paper of medium thickness, probably European.
Extent: 218 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 205 × 128 mm.
Dimensions (written): 135 × 70 mm.

Older foliation in pencil, in Arabic.



11 lines.


Good nasta‘līq.


Main text and catchwords in red. Diagonal misṭar lines visible in the margins throughout.



Very dark brown morocco binding, rebacked.


Origin: Rabī‘ al-avval 1123 (April - May 1711) AH ; Tabriz. Completed on a Friday, Rabī‘ al-avval 1123 in /April-May 1711.  

Provenance and Acquisition


Bonhams sale 15 Jan 2004, lot 362.

Record Sources

Based on unpublished description in M.I. Waley, Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts acquired 2000-2014.


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