Isl. Ms. 33


[Ithbāt al-wājib ... etc.,18th century].[اثبات الواجب ... الخ,القرن 18م].


Dawwānī, Muḥammad ibn Asʻad,1426 or 7-1512 or 13دواني، محمد بن اسعد.

Place/Date of Production:



70 leaves :paper ;235 x 153 (103 x 61) mm. bound to 235 x 155 mm.


Elegant copy of the Risālah fī Ithbāt al-wājib of Jalāl al-Dīn al-Dawānī, glossed with commentary of Mullā Ḥanafī on the inner margin and supergloss of Mīrzā Jān on the outer margin.

Other Title(s):

Edge title:شرح اثبات الوجود


God (Islam)--Proof, ontological--Early works to 1800.
Islam--Doctrines--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Dawwānī, Muḥammad ibn Asʻad,--1426 or 7-1512 or 13.--Risālah qadīmah li-ithbāt al-wājib.
Mullā Ḥanafī,--fl. 1520.--Sharḥ Ithbāt al-wājib lil-Ḥanafī.




Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloguer.


"سبحانك ما اعظم شانك واظهر برهانك انت الشاهد في العين ولا يشاهدك في العين ... وبعد فيقول الفقير الى عفو رب الحقيقي محمد بن اسعد الدواني الصديقي قد حررت في هذه الرسالة وجوه براهين اثبات الواجب جل ذكره ما اورده ائمة الحكمة والكلام ..."


"ولهذه المناقشة مزيد تفصيل ربما يعتبر عليه في تعليقاتنا وليكن هذا اخر الرسالة مع تفرق وتشتت البال ... ولكن هذا ربي يحقق الحق تمت"


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Physical Details:

i, 7 V(70), i ; chiefly quinions ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitiazation (includes flyleaves).


Written in 9 lines per page with roughly 32 lines of the gloss and 44 lines of the supergloss on the diagonal in the margins ; frame-ruled.


Naskh ; elegant Turkish hand ; virtually serifless, though occasional right-sloping head serif appears on lām ; effect of tilt to the left and occasional slight effect of words descending to baseline ; descenders somewhat flattened ; occasional superscripting of final words of a line ; glosses appear to have been supplied in the same hand though in a thinner line and with frequent dramatic elongation of the horizontal strokes.


Text rubricated with keywords, overlining, abbreviations, etc. in red.


European laid paper of a few different types ; mainly with 13-14 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 22 mm. (vertical), smooth, well-burnished with watermark scroll or shield with lion rampant and "D V [?]" countermark ; first quire in a different European laid paper (watermark scrollwork difficult to examine) and flyleaves in still different European laid paper with three hats watermark.


Pasteboards (semi-limp) covered in marbled paper (blue, green and yellow) with spine in red leather ; Type III binding (without flap) ; board linings in yellow surface tinted laid paper ; flyleaves in peach-tinted laid paper ; sewn in dark pink thread, two stations, primaries in yellow and dark pink ; endbands in light-blue and pink ; in fair condition with some staining, abrasion, lifting of spine leather, etc.

Former Shelfmarks:

British Museum, London "No. 82. Ithbat al-wujud."


Lacks dated colophon, though paper would suggest 18th century, likely . Inscription on fol.1a (p.3) appears to identify copyist (and former owner) as Mehmet Şakir.

Ownership and History:

Bookplate of British Museum, London on inner front cover,"British Museum, London. No. 82. Ithbat al-wujud." ; circular seal impression with figure of goat/gazelle in purple ink as well as inscription "346" in Western numerals on front flyleaf (p.1) ; on fol.1a (p.3) ownership statement accompanied by oval seal impression, statement reads: "استصحبه وكتبه المعترف بالعجز والتقصير سيد محمد شاكر خزينة [؟] عن چوقداران حضرت شهربارى" ; gloss of Mullā Ḥanafī (close on fol.70b/p.142) and supergloss of Mīrzā Jān (close on fol.70a/p.141) appear in the margins, otherwise fairly clean copy.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

Dawwānī, Muḥammad ibn Asʻad,--1426 or 7-1512 or 13--04--Risālah qadīmah li-ithbāt al-wājib.
04--دواني، محمد بن اسعد.--.رسالة قديمة لاثبات الواجب
05--Mullā Ḥanafī,--fl. 1520.--Sharḥ Ithbāt al-wājib lil-Ḥanafī.
05--ملا حنفي.--شرح اثبات الواجب للحنفي.
06--Mīrzā Jān, Ḥabīb Allāh,--d. 1586?--Ḥāshiyat Mīrzā Jān ʻalá al-Ḥanafī.
06--ميرزا جان، حبيب الله.--حاشية ميرزا جان على الحنفي.


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Former Owner(s):

07 محمد شاكر، مالك سابق، ناسخ.

In Collection:

Tiflis Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,II, 217/11 ; SII, 307/11

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Posted by evyn on July 26, 2010
Tags: Arabic MSS, Fully Catalogued, Tiflis Collection

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H. Mottaghi on paragraph 2:

اثبات الواجب القديم

March 2, 2012 6:04 pm

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