Inba’ Al-Istifa’ fi Haqq Aba’ Al-Mustafa. A Religious Treaties Concerning The Ancestry of the Prophet Muhammad. Ottoman Turkey. إنباء الإصطفا في حق آباء المصطفى
ARABIC MANUSCRIPT: MUHYI AL-DIN MUHAMMAD BIN AL-KHATIB AL-AMASI, BETTER KNOWN AS AL-KHATIB QASIM (MUHYIDDIN MEHMED HATIBZADE).
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An Early Copy of an Ottoman Manuscript dedicated to Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent: The colophon of this copy of the work states that it was dedicated to Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent (reg. 1520–66) in AH 931/AD 1524–25.
The author was born in Amasya in AH 864/AD 1459-60, where he also studied, gaining expertise in subjects as varied as exegesis, law, music and the esoteric science of letters (jafr). He taught in various schools (madrasas) in Amasya and Bursa, and was for a while tutor to Prince Ahmed. He was appointed head teacher of the madrasa built by Sultan Selim I (reg.1512-20) next to Ayasofya in Constantinople, and then in the Semaniye madrasa in the same city. He died in AH 940/AD 1533-34, and was buried in Eyup. For a biography of the author, see A. Mingana, Catalogue of the Arabic
Manuscripts in the John Rylands Library, Manchester 1934, pp. 705-706, no. 425. The author and his works are listed in the following two works: K. Celebi, Kashf al-Zunun, Vol. I, Beirut, n.d., p. 170; O. Kehhale, Majmu’ al-Mu’allifin, Vol. II, Baghdad, n.d., p.148.
Manuscripts from the period of Sultans Bayezid, Selim I and Suleyman the Magnificent are very rare, and in the case of this copy both the author and the Sultan to whom it was dedicated, were still alive when it was made. Furthermore, it was copied in 1530, only five years after it was composed in 1525.