Isl. Ms. 966


al-Ḥikmah al-maḍnūnah bi-hā ʻalá ghayr ahlihā,[193-?].الحكمة المضنونة بها على غير اهلها,[193-م؟].


Fayḍ al-Kāshī, Muḥammad ibn Murtaḍá,1598 or 9-1680 or 81.فيض الكاشي، محمد بن مرتضى.

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24 leaves :paper ;165 x 103 mm. bound to 172 x 108 mm.


Careful copy of what may represent abridged excerpts from al-Kalimāt al-maḍnūnah bi-hā ʻan ghayr ahlihā by Muḥsin-i Fayz̤-i Kāshānī (d.1679) known as Mullā Muḥsin, a student of Mullā Ṣadrā Shīrāzī (d.1641).

Other Title(s):

Kalimāt al-maḍnūnah bi-hā ʻan ghayr ahlihāكلمات المضنونة بها عن غير اهلهاTitle from heading at opening on p.2:اصطلاحات السادة الصوفيةIṣṭilāḥat al-sādah al-ṢūfīyahTitle from 'title page' for second section on p.9:الحكمة الممنونة بها على اهلها المضنونة بها على غير اهلهاTitle from heading at opening of second section on p.10:شرح اصلاحات العرفانيةحكمة


Sufism--Doctrines--Early works to 1800.
Shīʻah--Doctrines--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.




Ms. codex.
Title from inscription on 'title page' (p.1).


"الغراب كناية عن جسم الكل الغنى الملك التام والغنى للذات لا يكون الا للحق اما الغني من العباد فهو من استغنى بالحق ...الظل هو الوجود الاضا في الظاهر ... ذو العقل هو الذي يرى الخلق ظاهرا والحق باطنا ..."


"الوقوف الصادق الوقوف مع مراد الحق الزمرد النقي"


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Physical Details:

i, 6 II(24), i ; exclusively binions ; pages between sections (corresponding to gatherings) left blank, some serving as 'title pages' (see pp.8,9, 17, 25) ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, presumably supplied during digitization.


Written in 17-22 lines per page.


Ruqʻah ; careful, compact hand in a medium to bold line ; serifless and freely ligatured with mainly closed counters, effect of inclination to the right and of words descending to baseline, pointing somewhat careless and in strokes rather than distinct dots.


Text executed entirely in red ink apart from that on pp.25-31, 39.


Machine laid and wove paper of a few types ; opening type (through p.8 and again pp.25-32) machine laid, lined, with watermark of "GOUVERNEMENT EGYPTIEN" with star and crescent at center and other smaller crescents with three stars (see pp.2, 4, etc. and compare Walz, "The Paper trade of Egypt and the Sudan," p.91) ; next type (pp.9-24, 33-40) also machine laid but unlined, no watermarks visible ; finally (p.41 to close) still another type, wove, unlined with same watermark of "GOUVERNEMENT EGYPTIEN" with star and crescent at center and other smaller crescents with three stars (see pp.42, 44, etc. and again compare Walz).


Boards covered in black textured cloth ; pastedowns and flyleaves in wove paper printed with a geometric pattern (resembling a scale pattern) in dull gold ; cover gold-stamped with "الحكمة" ; sewn in white thread over two recessed cords ; overall in fairly good condition.

Former Shelfmarks:

Mich. Isl. Ms. temp. no. 115


Lacks dated scribal colophon ; likely copied in Egypt in the late 1930s and bound for James Heyworth-Dunne (d.1974).

Ownership and History:

On upper pastedown, label with ex libris of James Heyworth-Dunne (d.1974), stamped with inventory number, "Ex Libris | J. Heyworth-Dunne | D. Lit. (London) | No. 7911" ; UM Library inscription on p.3 "Dunning | Heyworth-Dunne | 6-13-51 | 71955" ; a few glosses.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

07--Fayḍ al-Kāshī, Muḥammad ibn Murtaḍá,--1598 or 9-1680 or 81.--Kalimāt al-maḍnūnah bi-hā ʻan ghayr ahlihā.--Abridgment.
07--فيض الكاشي، محمد بن مرتضى.--كلمات المضنونة بها عن غير اهلها.--Abridgment


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Former Owner(s):

Heyworth-Dunne, J. (James), former owner.

In Collection:

Heyworth-Dunne Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,S II 584 ; II 413Mach, R. and E. Ormsby. Handlist (New Series),464Nājī Naṣrābādī, Muḥsin. Fihristʹhā-yi khvudnivisht-i Fayz̤ Kāshānī (1377/[1998]),p.220, no. 77Walz, Terence. "The Paper trade of Egypt and the Sudan in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and its re-export to the Bilad as-Sudan." In The Trans-Saharan book trade: manuscript culture, Arabic literacy, and intellectual history in Muslim Africa. Graziano Krätli and Ghislaine Lydon, Eds. (Leiden : Brill, 2011):73-108.

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Posted by evyn on December 1, 2010
Tags: Arabic MSS, Fully Catalogued, Heyworth-Dunne Collection

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