Isl. Ms. 911


Kitāb Mishkāt al-anwār fī al-tawḥīd wa-qism al-mukāshafah min qismay ʻulūm al-ṣūfīyah,[193-?].كتاب مشكاة الانوار في التوحيد وقسم المكاشفة من قسمي علوم الصوفية,[193-م؟].



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26 leaves :paper ;283-306 x 200-215 mm. bound to 313 x 225 mm.


Careful though incomplete copy of al-Ghazālī's (d.1111) celebrated work on Ṣūfistic theory, arranged in six sections.

Other Title(s):

Mishkāt al-anwārمشكاة الانوارTitle from inscription on 'title page' of second section (p.11):كتاب مشكاة الانوار في التوحيد وعلم المكاشفة من قسمي علوم الصوفيةمشكاة الانوار


Sufism--Doctrines--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Koran.--Sūrat al-Nūr--Criticism, interpretation, etc.




Ms. codex.
Title from inscription on 'title page' p.3.


"الحمد لله مفيض الانوار وفاتح الابصار وكاشف الاسرار ورافع الاستار ... اما بعد فقد سألتني ايها الاخ الكريم فيضك الله لطلب السعادة الكبرى ...."


"وانما الذي يمكنني الآن ان اعرفك هذه الاقسام وبعض اصناف كل قسم فاقول"


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Physical Details:

Leaves between sections left fully blank or partially blank (serving as 'title pages' for the various sections, see pp.3, 11, 19, 27, 39, 47) ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes insert).


Written in 16-26 lines per page ; not frame-ruled ; where paper is unlined, lines typically slant upward.


Ruqʻah ; quick, compact hand in a medium line ; serifless and freely ligatured with mainly closed counters, slight effect of words descending to baseline and inclination to the left, pointing somewhat careless and in strokes rather than distinct dots, final yāʼ usually unpointed.


Entire text in red ink ; most 'title page' inscriptions in pencil.


Wove paper of two main types (unlined) and machine laid paper (lined).


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 and decorative accents over raised bands "مشكاة الانوار للغزالى | J.H.D." ; sewing difficult to examine ; stuck-on endbands (blue and white stripe) ; overall in fairly good condition with minor abrasion.

Accompanying Materials:

Slip of yellow tissue weight paper with note in purple pencil "مشكاة الانوار للغزالي ٦" (paginated pp.1-2).

Former Shelfmarks:

Mich. Isl. Ms. temp. no. 60


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 7953" ; UM Library inscription on 'title page' (p.3) "Dunning | Heyworth-Dunne | 6-13-51 | 71955" ; possible former inventory mark in pencil on verso of final leaf p.54 "231 / 53" ; occasional marginal glosses.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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Former Owner(s):

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

In Collection:

Heyworth-Dunne Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,I 419 ff. ; S I 744 ff.

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

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