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Maqāmāt al-Ḥarīrī, [17--?] / lil-Qāsim ibn ʻAlī al-Ḥarīrī.

Maqāmāt al-Ḥarīrī, [17--?] / lil-Qāsim ibn ʻAlī al-Ḥarīrī.

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Maqāmāt
Creator: Ḥarīrī, 1054-1122 حريري، 1054-1122
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Date: [17--?]
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Purchased from Hartford Seminary on the Beinecke Rare Book & Capital Reserve Fund, 2005.
In Arabic.
Incipit: "Bismillāh al-Raḥmān al-Raḥīm. Allāhumma innā naḥmaduka ʻalá mā ʻallamta min al-bayān wa-alhamta min al-tibyān kamā naḥmaduka ʻalá mā asbaghta min al-ʻaṭāʼ wa-asbalta min al-ghiṭāʼ wa-naʻūdhu bi-ka min sharah al-lasan wa-fuḍūl al-hadhar kamā naʻūdhu bi-ka min maʻarrat al-lakn wa-fuḍūḥ al-ḥaṣr wa-nastakfī bi-ka al-iftitān bi-iṭrāʼ al-mādiḥ wa-ighḍāʼ al-musāmiḥ kamā nastakfī bi-ka al-intiṣāb li-izrāʼ al-qādiḥ wa-hatk al-fāḍiḥ ..."
22.5 x 30.5 cm; written surface: 14 x 22.5 cm, 13 lines per page.
Bound.
In elegant naskh script, on yellowish paper with interlinear and marginal notes and explanations.
There are some Chinese inscriptions on the top margin of folios 1 and 2, probably by Abū Bakr himself.
Folios 163a-167b are blank.
The Maqāmāt ends with: "Qāla al-Shaykh al-Imām Abū Muḥammad al-Qāsim ibn ʻAlī al-Ḥarīrī raḥimahu Allāh: 'Hādhā ākhir al-Maqāmāt allatī anshaʼtuhā bi-al-ightirār wa-amlaytuhā bi-lisān al-iḍṭirār wa-qad uljītu ilá an arṣadtuhā lil-istiʻrāḍ wa-nādaytu ʻalayhā fī sūq al-iʻtirāḍ hādhā maʻa maʻrifatī bi-annahā min saqaṭ al-matāʻ wa-mimmā yastawjibu an yubāʻ wa-lā yubtāʻ wa-law ghashiyanī nūr al-tawfīq wa-naẓartu li-nafsī naẓara al-shafīq lil-shaqīq la-satartu ʻuwwārī alladhī lam yazal mastūran wa-lakin kāna dhālika fī al-kitāb masṭūran wa-anā astaghfiru Allāh mimmā awdaʻtuhā min abāṭīl al-laghw wa-aḍālīl al-lahw wa-astarshidu ilá mā yaʻṣimu min al-sahw wa-yaḥẓá bi-al-ʻafw innahu huwa ahl al-taqwá wa-ahl al-maghfirah wa-walī al-khayrāt fī al-dunyā wa-al-ākhirah. Wa-ṣallá Allāh ʻalá khayr khalqihi Muḥammad wa-ālihi."
البداية: "بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم. اللهم إنّا نحمدك على ما علمت من البيان وألهمت من التبيان كما نحمدك على ما أسبغت من العطاء وأسبلت من الغطاء ونعوذ بك من شره اللسن وفضول الهذر كما نعوذ بك من معرّة اللكن وفضوح الحصر ونستكفي بك الافتتان بإطراء المادح وإغضاء المسامح كما نستكفي بك الانتصاب لإزراء القادح وهتك الفاضح ..."
تنتهي المقامات بـ‍‍ : "قال الشيخ الإمام أبو محمد القاسم بن علي الحريري رحمه الله: 'هذا آخر المقامات التي أنشأتها بالاغترار وأمليتها بلسان الاضطرار وقد ألجيت إلى أن أرصدتها للاستعراض وناديت عليها في سوق الاعتراض هذا مع معرفتي بأنها من سقط المتاع ومما يستوجب أن يباع ولا يبتاع ولو غشيني نور التوفيق ونظرت لنفسي نظر الشفيق للشقيق لسترت عواري الذي لم يزل مستورًا ولكن كان ذلك في الكتاب مسطورًا وأنا استغفر الله مما أودعتها من أباطيل اللغو وأضاليل اللهو وأسترشد إلى ما يعصم من السهو ويحظى بالعفو إنه هو أهل التقوى وأهل المغفرة وولي الخيرات في الدنيا والآخرة. وصلى الله على خير خلقه محمد وآله."
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Manuscript of the famous Maqāmāt (Orations, literally sittings, sessions, meetings); a genre of highly developed Arabic rhythmic prose intended to amuse and entertain but also with critical social, moral and political undercurrents, by Abū Muḥammad al-Qāsim ibn ʻAlī al-Ḥarīrī al-Baṣrī (1054-1122), from al-Baṣrah (Iraq), one of the most celibrated and prolific authors of the 11th/12th centuries. The Maqāmāt have been translated into many European and Oriental languages. They are also known by the titles: al-Maqāmāt al-Ḥarīrīyah and Maqāmāt Abī Zayd al-Surūjī (a fictitious charachter). They are fifty in number. The manuscript was a gift from Abū Bakr, a Chinese Muslim teacher of Arabic in Beijing, to Samuel Zwemer (probably the missionary Samuel M. Zwemer, 1867-1952) on 4 Dhū al-Qaʻdah, 1335 (22 August 1917). According to Abū Bakr's letter written in Arabic and pasted on the back of the front cover, the manuscript was copied more than two hudred years ago probably in China.
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1 v. ([167] leaves) ; 33 cm
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