Isl. Ms. 917


Hādhā Matn Fuṣūṣ al-ḥikam,[1356, i.e. 1937].هذا متن فصوص الحكم،[1356ه، 1937م].


Ibn al-ʻArabī,1165-1240.ابن العربي.

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134 leaves :paper ;312 x 210 mm. bound to 322 x 218 mm.


Careful copy of Ibn ʻArabī's celebrated Fuṣūṣ al-ḥikam, a collection of aphorisms summarizing the teaching of 28 prophets from Adam to Muḥammad. Leaves at the close of the codex (pp.263-267) carry text from Fuṣūṣ al-ḥikam (section on Muḥammad / الفص المحمدي ) and may have been been misplaced when the manuscript was bound.

Other Title(s):

Fuṣūṣ al-ḥikamفصوص الحكمTitle from heading at opening (p.2):متن فصوص الحكم للشيخ الاكبرمتن فصوص الحكم


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




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


"الحمد لله الذي انزل الحكم على قلوب الكلم باحدية الطريق الامم من المقام الاقدم ..."


"لا يسعه شيء لانه عين الاشياء وعين نفسه والشيء لا يقال فيه ان يسع نفسه ولا لا يسعها والله يقول الحق وهو يهدي السبيل تم "


"Scribal," reads "تم في صبيحة ٢٥ رمضان ١٣٥٦ ٢٨ نوفمبر ١٩٣٧ ١٩ هاتور"


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Physical Details:

Pages between sections intentionally left blank or partially blank (for 'title pages,' see pp.1, 17, 37, 57, 77, 97, 117, 137, 157, 177, 197, 217, 237, and 257) ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization.


Written mainly in 26 lines per page.


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


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Lined / ruled wove paper ; bifolium carrying pp.259-261 loose.


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 "متن فصوص الحكم | ابن عربى | 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. 66


As appears in colophon on p.259, transcription completed 25 Ramaḍān 1356, corresponding to 28 November 1937 and 19 Hātūr [1654], likely 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 7958" ; UM Library inscription on p.3 "Dunning | Heyworth-Dunne | 6-13-51 | 71955" ; possible former inventory mark in pencil on opening 'title page' (p.1) "231 / 53" ; collation statement in pencil on opening 'title page' "عدده ١٦ جزء" ; 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 442 (11/12.)

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

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