Shelfmark:

Isl. Ms. 995

Title:

[Majmūʻat rasāʼil,193-?].[مجموعة رسائل,193-؟].

Place/Date of Production:

[193-?].

Size:

169 leaves :paper ;202 x 135-147 mm. bound to 213 x 158 mm.

Summary:

Composite collection (majmūʻah) of several works opening with tracts on the Bahai faith and followed by extracts from several philosophical treatises by Mullā Ṣadrā Shīrāzī (d.1641), Ṣadr al-Dīn al-Qūnawī (d.1273 or 4), Muḥammad ibn Ḥamzah al-Fanārī (d.1430 or 31) and al-Fārābī (d.950).

Other Title(s):

معتقدات الهائيةRisālah fī al-Ḥashrرسالة في الحشرFuṣūl min Sharḥ naẓm al-Tāʼīyah al-Kubrá al-Fāriḍīyah.فصول من شرح نظم التائية الكبرى الفارضيةRisālat ādāb ṭālib al-ḥikmahرسالة آداب طالب الحكمةمتن الفصوص

Subject(s):

Bahai Faith--Doctrines.
Islamic philosophy--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.

Language:

Arabic.

Notes:

Ms. composite codex.
Title supplied by cataloguer.

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Explicit:

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Colophon:

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Dedication:

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Contents:

1. p.1-p.192 : Muʻtaqadāt al-Bābīyah wa-al-Bahāʼīyah / Mīrzā ʻAbbās al-Bahāʼ.
2. p.193 : ['title page' with contents listing for following majmūʻah].
3. p.194-p.217 : Risālat al-Nuqṭah / Muḥammad ibn Ibrāhīm Ṣadr al-Dīn Shīrāzī.
4. p.218-p.257 : Risālah fī al-Ḥashr / Muḥammad ibn Ibrāhīm Ṣadr al-Dīn Shīrāzī.
5. p.258-p.259 : [blank].
6. p.260-p.278 : Fuṣūl min Sharḥ naẓm al-Tāʼīyah al-Kubrá al-Fāriḍīyah.
7. p.279 : [blank].
8. p.280-p.281 : Fuṣūl min Miftāḥ al-ghayb / Ṣadr al-Dīn al-Qūnawī.
9. p.282-p.290 : Min Miṣbāḥ al-uns sharḥ Miftāḥ al-ghayb / Muḥammad ibn Ḥamzah al-Fanārī.
10. p.291-p.298 : [on eight treatises of al-Fārābī that appeared in print in 1325, i.e. 1907 or 8].
11. p.299-p.303 : Maqālah sharīfah fī al-ibānah ʻan jawāmiʻ maḍāmīn Kitāb al-Muʻallim al-Awwal al-mawsūm bi-al-Ḥurūf wa-bi-Kitāb Mā baʻda al-ṭabīʻah wa-al-kashf ʻan aqsāmih wa-ʻan aghrāḍ kull qism / al-Fārābī.
12. p.303-p.308 : Risālat ādāb ṭālib al-ḥikmah, aw Risālat Mā yanbaghī an yuqaddamu qabla taʻallum al-falsafah / al-Fārābī.
13. p.309-p.316 : Hādhihi Risālat ʻUyūn al-masāʼil / al-Fārābī.
14. p.317-p.337 : Matn al-Fuṣūṣ / al-Fārābī.

Physical Details:
Collation:

i, 12 IV(96), VIII (112), VIII+1 (129), VIII (145), 2 VI(169), i ; opening gatherings (carrying Bahai tracts) exclusively quaternions, opening section of following collection in octonions and concluding section in senions ; pages between sections of text occasionally left blank (see pp.268-269) ; quire numbering in purple pencil, black ink or red ink in the form of Hindu-Arabic numerals accompanying letter ك just below the end of the final line of the opening recto of each quire in the opening section of Bahai tracts ; pagination in black ink, Hindu-Arabic numerals (opening section) ; pagination in red ink or pencil, Hindu-Arabic numerals (final works, from p.291) ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (referenced in description).

Layout:

Written mainly in 12-15, 21 and 31 lines per page.

Script:

Naskh and ruqʻah ; opening work in an elegant modern naskh in a medium line, partially but irregularly seriffed with effect of tilt to the left, curvilinear descenders, many open counters, pointing in conjoined dots, final yāʼ usually left unpointed ; following collection (majmūʻah) of works (from p.192 on) mainly in ruqʻah, a quick, compact hand in a medium line , serifless and freely ligatured with effect of inclination to the right and of words descending to baseline, mainly closed counters, pointing somewhat careless and in strokes rather than distinct dots, final yāʼ usually unpointed ; final works of collection in naskh similar to that in the opening work.

Decoration:

Headings and keywords rubricated in opening work ; large passages of texts in majmūʻah (from p.192) executed entirely in red or pinkish red ink, elsewhere only headings rubricated.

Support:

Machine wove paper of three main types ; opening work (through p.192) in a sturdy type, cream in color ; opening section of following collection in another sturdy type, beige in color, ruled in blue, edges in red ; concluding section of collection in still another type, dark cream to beige in color, thin though sturdy.

Binding:

Boards covered in textured black cloth with black leather over spine (quarter binding) ; pastedowns and flyleaves in wove paper printed with a floral vegetal pattern in pink and green ; spine gold-stamped with title and decorative accents over raised bands "معتقدات الهائية [كذا، اي البهائية]" ; sewing in white thread, apparently over three recessed cords, tightly bound ; overall in fairly good condition, with boards curving around text block at fore edge.

Former Shelfmarks:

Mich. Isl. Ms. temp. no. 144

Origin:

Lacks dated 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. 7939" ; UM Library inscription on p.3 "Dunning | Heyworth-Dunne | 6-13-51 | 71955" ; occasional glosses and marginal corrections in pencil and ink.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

02--ʻAbduʼl-Bahá,--1844-1921.--Muʻtaqadāt al-Bābīyah wa-al-Bahāʼīyah.
02--عبد البها.--معتقدات البابية والبهائية.
03--Ṣadr al-Dīn Shīrāzī, Muḥammad ibn Ibrāhīm,--d. 1641.--Risālat al-Nuqṭah.
03--صدر الدين شيرازي، محمد بن ابراهيم.--رسالة النقطة.
04--Ṣadr al-Dīn Shīrāzī, Muḥammad ibn Ibrāhīm,--d. 1641.--Ḥashr.
04--صدر الدين شيرازي، محمد بن ابراهيم.--حشر.
07--Ṣadr al-Dīn al-Qūnawī, Muḥammad ibn Isḥāq,--d. 1273 or 4.--Miftāḥ ghayb al-Jamʻ wa-al-wujūd.--Selections.
07--صدر الدين القونوي، محمد بن اسحاق.--مفتاح غيب الجمع والوجود.--مختارات.
08--Fanārī, Muḥammad ibn Ḥamzah,--1350 or 51-1430 or 31.--Miṣbāḥ al-uns.--Selections.
08--فاناري, محمد بن حمزة,--مصباح الانس.--مختارات.
09--Fārābī.--Maqālah sharīfah fī al-ibānah ʻan jawāmiʻ maḍāmīn Kitāb al-Muʻallim al-Awwal al-mawsūm bi-al-Ḥurūf wa-bi-Kitāb Mā baʻda al-ṭabīʻah wa-al-kashf ʻan aqsāmih wa-ʻan aghrāḍ kull qism.
09--فارابي.--مقالة شريفة في الإبانة عن جوامع مضامين كتاب المعلم الاول الموسوم بالحروف وبكتاب ما بعد الطبيعة والكشف عن اقسامه وعن اغراض كل قسم.
09--Fārābī.--Risālah fī-mā yanbaghī an yuqaddama qabla taʻallum al-falsafah.
09--فارابي.--رسالة فيما ينغي ان يقدم قبل تعلم الفلسفة.
12--Fārābī.--ʻUyūn al-masāʼil.
12--فارابي.--عيون المسائل.
13--Fārābī.--Fuṣūṣ.
13--فارابي.--فصوص.
Risālah fī al-Ḥashrرسالة في الحشرFuṣūl min Sharḥ naẓm al-Tāʼīyah al-Kubrá al-Fāriḍīyah.فصول من شرح نظم التائية الكبرى الفارضيةRisālat ādāb ṭālib al-ḥikmahرسالة آداب طالب الحكمةمتن الفصوص

Scribe(s):

Unidentified-Can you help supply this information? Please comment!

Former Owner(s):

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

In Collection:

Heyworth-Dunne Collection.

References:

Brockelmann, C. GAL,S II 847Brockelmann, C. GAL,II 413 ; S II 589Brockelmann, C. GAL,I 449 ; S I 807Brockelmann, C. GAL,I 232 ff. ; S I 375 ff.

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

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