Isl. Ms. 512


[al-Isrā ilá al-maqām al-asrá ...etc.,1017, i.e. 1609].[الاسرا الى المقام الاسرى ... الخ,1017ه, 1609م].


Ibn al-ʻArabī,1165-1240.ابن العربي.

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146 leaves :paper ;200 x 150 (139 x 95) mm. bound to 209 x 160 mm.


A collection (majmūʻah) of three works by Ibn ʻArabī, al-Shaykh al-Akbar (d.1240), including al-Isrāʼ ilá al-maqām al-asrá, Fuṣūṣ al-ḥikam, and al-Muʻashsharāt.

Other Title(s):

Title of final work in GAL:Muʻāsharāt al-maymūnahFuṣūṣ al-ḥikamفصوص الحكمDīwān al-ṣaghīr al-musammá bi-al-Muʻashsharātديوان الصغير المسمى بالمعشراتMuʻashsharātمعشرات


Sufism--Doctrines--Early works to 1800.
Metaphysics--Early works to 1800.
Sufi poetry, Arabic--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Muḥammad,--Prophet,--d. 632--Isrāʼ and Miʻrāj--Early works to 1800.




Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloguer.


[al-Isrā ilá al-maqām al-asrā] "قال سيدنا ومولانا وامامنا وقدوتنا الى الله سبحانه وتعالى الشيخ الامام العلامة ... محيي الدين ابو عبد الله محمد بن علي بن العربي الطاي الحاتمي الاندلسي ... اما بعد الحمد لله الذي سلخ نهاره من ليله المظلم واطلع فيها شمسه المنيرة ..." ; [Fuṣūṣ al-ḥikam] "وصلى الله على سيدنا محمد واله رب يسر وتمم قال سيدنا وشيخنا ... محيي الملة والدين ابو عبد الله محمد بن علي بن محمد بن العربي الطاي الحاتمي الاندلسي ... الحمد لله منزل الحكم على قلوب الكلم ..." ; [al-Muʻashsharāt] "قال الشيخ الكبير الامام ابو عبد الله ابن العربي عملت هذه القصائد على حروف المعجم المزدوج باب الالف ..."


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[Fuṣūṣ al-ḥikam] "Scribal," triangular, reads "كمل الكتاب المبارك بحمد الله وعونه وحسن توفيقه يوم الاحد ثالث عشرين الحجة سنة سبعة عشر بعد الالف احسن الله عاقبها في خير على يد افقير عباد الله احمد بن ابي الخير الشهير بالخولي عفا الله عنا وعنه وعن المسلمين اجمعين امين" ; [al-Muʻashsharāt] "Scribal," reads, "تمت القصائد بحمد الله وعونه وحسن توفيقه وصلى الله على سيدنا محمد وذلك على يد الحقير الفقير المعترف بالعجز والتقصير الراجي عفو ربه القدير احمد بن ابي الخير الشهير بالخولي عفا الله عنا وعنه وغفر لنا وله ولوالديه ولجميع المسلمين اجمعين والحمد لله رب العالمين بتاريخ اواخر سنة سبعة عشر بعد الالف"


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1. p.3-p.86 : Kitāb al-Isrā ilá al-maqām al-asrā / Ibn al-ʻArabī.
2. p.87-p.276 : [Fuṣūṣ al-ḥikam] / Ibn al-ʻArabī.
3. p.277-p.294 : al-Dīwān al-ṣaghīr al-musammá bi-al-Muʻashsharāt / Ibn al-ʻArabī.

Physical Details:

i, 4 V(40), IV+1 (49), 6 V(109), II (113), 2 V(133), I (135), V+1 (146), i ; chiefly quinions ; catchwords present ; possible foliation in black ink, Hindu-Arabic numerals, verso of each leaf through p.22 only ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes flyleaves).


Written in 18-21 lines per page ; for sections of poetry, written area divided to two columns to set off verses.


Naskh ; mainly one clear Egyptian or 'Syrian' hand (though ink and pen thickness varies, and some sections may be provided in different hands) ; virtually serifless with slight effect of tilt to the left and of words descending to baseline, some elongation of horizontal strokes, curvilinear descenders, pointing mainly in distinct dots though casual, kāf mashqūqah preferred (even final kāf).


Keywords, section headings, and abbreviation symbols (mainly two-teeth stroke overlining keywords, signes de renvois, etc.) rubricated ; textual dividers in the form of red hāʼ, three inverted commas, etc.


European laid paper with 8 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 29 mm. apart (horizontal), and anchor in circle with trefoil above watermark (see p.50, 56, etc.) ; well-burnished to glossy, dark cream in color ; repairs at opening in wove paper ; some ink burn (see pp.201-206, etc.) ; staining and tide lines.


Pasteboards covered in green-blue cloth ; Type II binding (with flap) ; pastedowns and flyleaves in a white and blue wove paper ; resewn in white thread, eight stations ; overall in good condition ; attached to the textblock in an inverted manner, with flap on effective upper cover rather than lower cover.

Accompanying Materials:

Acquisitions slip from Yahuda.

Former Shelfmarks:

From inner front cover and spine label, "I L 13" (likely supplied by Yahuda, see acquisitions slip).


As appears in colophon on p. 276, Fuṣūṣ al-ḥikam copied by Aḥmad ibn Abī al-Khayr known as al-Khawlī with transcription completed 23 Dhū al-Ḥijjah 1017 [March 1609]. As appears in colophon on p.294, final work executed by the same copyist with transcription completed in the latter part of the year 1017 [1609]. Opening work likely copied around the same time.

Ownership and History:

Ownership statement on opening 'title page' (p.3) in name of ʻAbd al-Raḥmān al-Manzalāwī al-Ḥanafī ( عبد الرحمن المنزلاوي الحنفي ) dated Muḥarram 1061 [1650] ; reading / study notice at close of Fuṣūṣ al-ḥikam (p.276) in name of ʻAlī ibn al-Muʻallim Muḥammad al-Dimyāṭī ( علي بن المعلم محمد الدمياطي ) dated 1026 [1617] ; numerous marginal corrections (most marked with accompanying signes de renvois) and glosses.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

Fuṣūṣ al-ḥikamفصوص الحكمDīwān al-ṣaghīr al-musammá bi-al-Muʻashsharātديوان الصغير المسمى بالمعشراتMuʻashsharātمعشرات


08 Aḥmad ibn Abī al-Khayr al-Khawlī, fl. 1609, scribe. 08 احمد بن ابي الخير الخولي, ناسخ.

Former Owner(s):

09 ʻAbd al-Raḥmān al-Manzalāwī, fl. 1650, former owner. 09 عبد الرحمن المنزلاوي, مالك سابق.

In Collection:

Yahuda Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,I 441-447 (no.12, 16, 140)

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Posted by evyn on September 29, 2010
Tags: Arabic MSS, Fully Catalogued, Yahuda Collection

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