Isl. Ms. 908 v.2


[Madkhal ilá al-falsafah,193-?],[مدخل الى الفلسفة,193-م؟].


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602 p. :paper ;310 x 215 (235-245 x 132-134) mm. bound to 321 x 220 mm.


Careful (though seemingly acephalous) draft copy (مسودة) of an introductory work on philosophy addressing the history of philosophy (p.5), the Eastern philosophers (p.15), the Ancient Greek philosophers (Plato, Aristotle, etc.) (p.24), Medieval philosophers (p.145), Modern philosophy (p.191) and contemporary philosophy (p.497).

Other Title(s):

Title from inscription at opening (p.1):قسم ثاني الاسفارالاسفار 2


Philosophy, Ancient.
Philosophy, Modern.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.




Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloguer.


"قد لا يكون في غير محله ان نطيل البيان في هذا الملخص الاجمالي فنضيف الى ذلكم [ذلك] التبيان السالف مجملا من العبارات عما وقع الكلمة فلسفة في هذه المملكة من التحريف تارة ومن التطور في الاطوار المختلفة التي تقلبت فيها الى الوقت الحاضر تارة اخرى ..."


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Physical Details:

Pagination in pencil and black ink, Hindu-Arabic numerals ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization.


Written in 26 lines per page.


Naskh and ruqʻah ; both in a medium to bold line ; naskh, a clear, modern hand, mainly serifless (though right-sloping head-serif appears on lām of occasional lām alif) and rounded with curvilinear descenders, open and closed counters, freely ligatured, pointing in strokes rather than distinct dots ; ruqʻah, compact, quick hand, serifless and freely ligatured with mainly closed counters, slight effect of inclination to the left, pointing somewhat careless and in strokes rather than distinct dots.


Some headings rubricated.


Lined wove paper of several types.


Boards covered in dark green cloth with dark green leather over spine (quarter binding) ; pastedowns and flyleaves in wove paper printed with a floral vegetal pattern in green ; spine gold-stamped with title, owner and decorative accents over raised bands "الاسفار | 2 | J.H.D." ; sewing difficult to examine but appears to be over cords, in white thread, five stations ; stuck-on endbands ; overall in fairly good condition.

Former Shelfmarks:

Mich. Isl. Ms. temp. no. 57


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 7948" ; UM Library inscription on p.3 "Dunning | Heyworth-Dunne | 6-13-51 | 71955" ; many marginal and interlinear corrections (in the manner of a draft copy) ; marginal glosses ; "المسودة" appears in various marginal notes (see p.215, 219, 299, 371, 411).

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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Former Owner(s):

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

In Collection:

Heyworth-Dunne Collection.

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

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