Isl. Ms. 967


Manṭiq Ḥikmat al-ishrāq,[193-?].منطق حكمة الاشراق,[193-م؟].


Suhrawardī, Yaḥyá ibn Ḥabash,1152 or 1153-1191.سهروردي، يحيى بن حبش.

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32 leaves :paper ;207 x 162 mm. bound to 213 x 168 mm.


Careful though incomplete copy of the first part (al-Qism al-awwal) of Ḥikmat al-ishrāq, the widely-known text on the philosophy of illumination by Shihāb al-Dīn Yaḥyá ibn Ḥabash al-Suhrawardī (d.1191), ending with the conclusion of al-Faṣl al-thānī of al-Maqālah al-thālithah (see p.42 of the Walbridge and Ziai edition).

Other Title(s):

Ḥikmat al-ishrāq.qism 1حكمة الاشراق.قسم 1حكمة الاشراق


Ishrāqīyah--Early works to 1800.
Islamic philosophy--Early works to 1800.
Sufism--Early works to 1800.
Metaphysics--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.




Ms. codex.
Title from 'title pages' at openings of each section (pp.3, 23, 43, 59).


"جل ذكرك اللهم وعظم قدسك وعز جارك وعلت سبحانك وتعالى جهدك ... وبعد اعلموا اخواني ان كثرة اقتراحكم في تحرير حكمة الاشراق اوهنت عزمي في الامتناع وازالت ميلي الى الاضراب عن الاسعاف ..."


"والضوابط القليلة الجامعة خير من الكثرة المحوجة الى تكلفات واعتذارات واهبة تم المنطق"


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Physical Details:

ii, 2 V(20), IV (28), II (32), ii ; pages between sections (corresponding to gatherings) left blank, some serving as 'title pages' (see pp.23, 43, 59) ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, presumably supplied during digitization (includes inner flyleaves).


Written in 12-14 lines per page.


Ruqʻah ; careful, compact modern hand initially in a medium to bold line, in final section in a thinner 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 of opening two sections executed entirely in red ink.


Machine laid and wove paper ; opening type (pp.3-42) machine laid, sturdy, dark cream to beige in color ; final type machine wove, sturdy, dark cream in color.


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 "حكمة الاشراق" ; sewn in heavy white thread over two recessed cords ; overall in fairly good condition with minor abrasion at board edges.

Former Shelfmarks:

Mich. Isl. Ms. temp. no. 116


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. 7912" ; UM Library inscription on p.3 "Dunning | Heyworth-Dunne | 6-13-51 | 71955" ; a few marginal glosses and corrections ; inner flyleaves and final leaf carry further excerpts (see pp.2, 66, 67).

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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Former Owner(s):

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

In Collection:

Heyworth-Dunne Collection.


Suhrawardī, Yaḥyá ibn Ḥabash. The Philosophy of illumination : Ḥikmat al-ishrāq : a new critical edition of the text of Ḥikmat al-ishrāq. Ed. John Walbridge and Hossein Ziai. Provo, (UT), 1999.Brockelmann, C. GAL,I 437Ziai, Hossein. "al-Suhrawardī, S̲h̲ihāb al-Dīn Yaḥyā b. Ḥabas̲h̲ b. Amīrak, Abu 'l-Futūḥ." In EI2,vo.IX, p.782, col.1Walbridge, John. The Wisdom of the mystic East: Suhrawardī and platonic Orientalism. Albany (NY), 2001.Walbridge, John. The Leaven of the Ancients: Suhrawardī and the heritage of the Greeks. Albany (NY), 2000.

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

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