[Kitab Sharh Birkiwi Muhammad Efendi. Commentary on Birgivi]. Incipit: Marhum wa-magfurun lahu afdal ‘ilman … Muhammad al-Birkiwi. Birgivi Mehmet Efendi, Ali Sadr el-Konevi.
[Kitab Sharh Birkiwi Muhammad Efendi. Commentary on Birgivi]. Incipit: Marhum wa-magfurun lahu afdal ‘ilman … Muhammad al-Birkiwi

[Kitab Sharh Birkiwi Muhammad Efendi. Commentary on Birgivi]. Incipit: Marhum wa-magfurun lahu afdal ‘ilman … Muhammad al-Birkiwi.

[Ottoman Turkey: later 18th or early 19th century C.E.].

Text in Arabic and Ottoman Turkish, 15 lines in fine naskhi hand in black and red, fully vocalized, within gilt borders, on glazed laid paper. 125 numbered leaves, plus 1 index leaf. 1 vols. 12mo. Quarter leather and patterned paper boards. Six leaves remargined at gutter (1, 2, 115, 116, 125, 126), catchword erased from 125; short tear at top margin of index leaf, occasional smudging. Still very good overall. Cf. Princeton, Islamic Manuscripts, New Series no. 1644; Brockelmann, C. GAL, SII, 655 ( no. 10); Orientalischen Handschriften, XIII, 3 (30, 31). Item #301860

Commentary on the Vasiyetname or testament of Mehmet Birgivi, a guide to proper conduct for Muslims. Imam Birgivi (928-981 A.H., 1522-1573 C.E.), Turkish Sufi and scholar, was also author of the well-known Tariqat al-muhammadiyya (Path of Muhammad). “Since the seventeenth century, it has been a major source and inspiration for the Salafi reform movement” (Ibrahim Kalin, Biographical Encyclopedia of Islamic Philosophy).

The text follows the chapter organization of the Tariqat (composed in Arabic), and the colophon notes that the root text was composed in 980 and the Commentary in 1114, by ‘Ali al-Qunawi. The colophon is incomplete as a catchword has been erased at the foot of the leaf and the chapter index begins at leaf 39.

A late eighteenth-century or early nineteenth century manuscript copy of this devotional work.

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