Shelfmark:

Isl. Ms. 939

Title:

[Sharḥ Risālat al-Ḥikmah al-ʻarshīyah al-Ṣadrīyah ... etc.,1354, i.e. 1935].[شرح رسالة الحكمة العرشية الصدرية ...الخ,1354ه, 1935م].

Author:

Iṣfahānī, Muḥammad Ismāʻīl ibn al-Sumayʻ.اصفهاني، محمد اسماعيل بن السميع.

Place/Date of Production:

[1935].

Size:

202 leaves :paper ;310-327 x 208-230 mm. bound to 340 x 240 mm.

Summary:

Careful copy of the commentary by Muḥammad Ismāʻīl ibn al-Sumayʻ al-Iṣfahānī (d.1860 or 61) on al-Ḥikmah al-ʻarshīyah, the popular work on knowledge of God and eschatology by Mullā Ṣadrā Shīrāzī (d.1640), followed by Asrār al-āyāt, also by Mullā Ṣadrā.

Other Title(s):

Title from heading on p.3:هذا شرح العرشية لخاتم الحكماء الالهيين ملا اسماعيلشرح رسالة الحكمة العرشية

Subject(s):

Islamic philosophy.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Ṣadr al-Dīn Shīrāzī, Muḥammad ibn Ibrāhīm,--d. 1641.--Ḥikmah al-ʻarshīyah.
Qurʼan--Criticism, interpretation, etc.--Early works to 1800.

Language:

Arabic.

Notes:

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

Incipit:

[Sharḥ Risālat al-Ḥikmah al-ʻarshīyah al-Ṣadrīyah] "الحمد لله وزان علمه وكفى والصلاة على عباده الذين اصطفى وبعد فان الرسالة الموسومة بالعرشية من مصنفات صدر متألهة الاسلام ... صدر الحق والحقيقة والملة والدين محمد ابن ابراهيم المعروف بصدر المتألهين ... قد شرحها الشيخ احمد الاحسائي ولكن لم يأت في شرحها الا جرحا ولم يزد عليها الا خفاء وقدحا ... فاظهر الله المعالم الكامل ... محمد بن اسماعيل بن السميع ... فشرح الرسالة المذكورة شرحا يزيل الصعاب ... هذا شرح العرشية لخاتم الحكماء الآلهيين ملا اسماعيل بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم الحمد لله الذي خلقنا بقدرته ثم هدانا الى سبيل معرفته ... وبعد فيقول اقل الخلائق جرما واكثرهم جرما العبد الذليل ... محمد اسماعيل بن السميع ... اني لما رأيت الرسالة الشريفة الموسومة بالحكمة العرشية للمولى الفاضل ... صدر الحكماء والمتألهين ... محمد بن ابراهيم المعروف بصدر الدين ..." ; [Asrār al-āyāt] "نحمدك اللهم يا من تحيرت في بيداء كبريائه الالباب وغرقت في بحار معرفته عقول الاولياء والاقطاب ... هذا كتاب اسرار الآيات وانوار البينات ... نحمدك اللهم يا من بيدك ملكوت الارض والسماء واليه تتشوق الاكوان والآثار ... اما بعد فيقول انزل خلق الله واحوجهم الى كرامة رب العالمين محمد المدعو بصدر الدين ..."

Explicit:

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Colophon:

"Scribal," rectangular, reads "تمت هذه النسخة الشريفة المسماة باسرار الآيات وانوار البينات لخاتمة المحققين وفخر المدققين صدر الحق والملة والعلم والدين المعروف بملا صدرا وكان تمام تسويدها في اول ربيع الاول من شهور سنة اربع وخمسين بعد الالف والثلثمائة الهجرية المطابق للثالث عشر من شهر يونيو من شهور سنة الف وتسعمائة واربعة وثلاثين الميلادية والله اسأل ان ينفع بهذه النسخة كل من وقفت بيده وصارت الى خير ملكه انه سميع مجيب قدير قريب آمين"

Dedication:

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Contents:

1. p.1-p.201 : Sharḥ Risālat al-Ḥikmah al-ʻarshīyah al-Ṣadrīyah / Muḥammad Ismāʻīl ibn al-Sumayʻ al-Iṣfahānī.
2. p.202-p.403 : Asrār al-āyāt wa-anwār al-bayyināt / Muḥammad ibn Ibrāhīm Ṣadr al-Dīn al-Shīrāzī.

Physical Details:
Collation:

Verso of a few leaves left blank (i.e. writing only on one side, mainly due to bleed through of ink, see p.242, etc.) ; several leaves recycled (i.e. consist of reused manuscript 'waste') with text in pencil now written over (reminiscent of a palimpsest, sometimes running in a different direction, see pp.118, 120, 230, 232), or in black ink now crossed through (see p.231), or on verso (as in the case of the incomplete text of a letter addressed to al-nāʼib al-ʻāmm in the name of al-Sitt Muḥsinah ʻAbd Allāh zawjat al-marḥūm ʻAbduh Afandī Amīn, regarding a pesky "tenant" at her home in al-Khurunfish, see p.256) ; pagination in black ink, Hindu-Arabic numerals ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization.

Layout:

Written in 23-27 lines per page.

Script:

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

Decoration:

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Support:

Wove paper of at least three different types (trimmed to different sizes), lined and unlined.

Binding:

Boards covered in dark green cloth with black leather over spine (quarter binding) ; pastedowns and flyleaves in wove paper printed with a floral vegetal pattern in green ; spine gold-stamped with title and decorative accents over raised bands "شرح رسالة | الحكمة العرشية | ملا اسماعيل بن السميع| J.H.D." ; sewing difficult to examine ; stuck-on endbands (blue and white stripe) ; overall in fairly good condition.

Former Shelfmarks:

Mich. Isl. Ms. temp. no. 88

Origin:

As appears in colophon on p.403, transcription completed 1 Rabīʻ I 1354 [ca. 3 June 1935] corresponding to "الثالث عشر من شهر يونيو من شهور سنة الف وتسعمائة واربعة وثلاثين الميلادية" [perhaps 3 June 1935 was intended]. Copy apparently made from a printed edition (likely the Tehran 1319/1901 edition which had Sharḥ al-ʻArshīyah on the margins of Asrār al-āyāt wa-anwār al-bayyināt, see publisher's preface on p.202). Likely copied in Egypt and eventually 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 7980" ; UM Library inscription on p.3 "Dunning | Heyworth-Dunne | 6-11-51 | 71955" ; possible former inventory mark "231/53" in pencil on 'title page' (p.1) ; marginal glosses.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

07--Ṣadr al-Dīn al-Shīrāzī, Muḥammad ibn Ibrāhīm,--d. 1641.--Asrār al-āyāt.
07--صدر الدين الشيرازي، محمد بن ابراهيم.--اسرار الايات.

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,II 413 ; S II 588 ff.MacEoin, D. "Mullā Ṣadrā S̲H̲īrāzī Ṣadr al-Dīn Muḥammad b. Ibrāhīm Ḳawāmī S̲h̲īrāzī." In EI2,vol. VII, p.547, col. 2Āghā Buzurg al-Ṭihrānī. al-Dharīʻah ilá taṣānīf al-Shīʻah,no.1374 vol.13 p.368

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

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