Isl. Ms. 918


[Sharḥ mawlānā ʻAbd al-Raḥmān al-Jāmī ʻalá Fuṣūṣ al-ḥikam ... etc.,193-?].[شرح مولانا عبد الرحمن الجامي على فصوص الحكم ... الخ,193-م؟].



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223 leaves :paper ;307 x 210 mm. bound to 322 x 220 mm.


Careful copy of a collection of excerpts from three Ṣūfistic and philosophical works opening with Jāmī's (d.1492) commentary upon Ibn ʻArabī’s celebrated Fuṣūṣ al-ḥikam, a collection of aphorisms summarizing the teaching of 28 prophets from Adam to Muḥammad, followed by a very brief excerpt from ʻAbd al-Ghanī ibn Ismāʻīl al-Nābulusī's (d.1731) commentary on Fuṣūṣ al-ḥikam and closing with a lengthy excerpt from Miṣbāḥ al-uns bayna al-maʻqūl wa-al-mashhūd, Muḥammad ibn Ḥamzah ibn Muḥammad al-Fanārī's (d.1431) commentary on Miftāḥ ghayb al-jamʻ wa-al-wujūd, Ṣadr al-Dīn al-Qūnawī’s (d.1274) chief philosophical work.

Other Title(s):

شرح عبد الرحمن الجاميTitle of opening work in GAL:Naqd al-nuṣūṣ


Sufism--Doctrines--Early works to 1800.
Islamic philosophy--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Ibn al-ʻArabī,--1165-1240.--Fuṣūṣ al-ḥikam.
Ṣadr al-Dīn al-Qūnawī, Muḥammad ibn Isḥāq,--d. 1273 or 4.--Miftāḥ ghayb al-jamʻ wa-al-wujūd.




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


[Sharḥ mawlānā ʻAbd al-Raḥmān al-Jāmī ʻalá Fuṣūṣ al-ḥikam] "الحمد لله الذي زين خواتم قلوب اولى الهمم بفصوص نصوص الحكم ... اما بعد فاعلم ان الحكم الفائضة من الحق سبحانه على قلوب كمل عباده ... فقصدت الى جمع شروحه وجعلتها مفاتيح ابواب فتوحه وطالعتها مرة بعد اخرى ..."


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"Scribal," reads "الى هنا انتهى الاصل الذي بيدنا والذي نقلنا منه هذه النبذة ... والاصل هو السفر المسمى بمصباح الانس بين المعقول والمشهود شرح مفتاح غيب الجمع والوجود والشرح للعلامة الفنري [الفناري] والمتن لصدر الدين القنوي تلميذ الشيخ الاكبر بن عربي ... والله الامر في البدء والختم وصلى الله على سيدنا محمد وعلى اله وصحبه وسلم تسليما والحمد لله رب العالمين"


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1. p.1-p.266 : [Sharḥ mawlānā ʻAbd al-Raḥmān al-Jāmī ʻalá Fuṣūṣ al-ḥikam] / Jāmī.
2. p.267-p.268: Min al-Fuṣūṣ al-ḥikmīyah bi-sharḥ al-Nābulusī / al-Nābulusī.
3. p.268-p.444 : Min Miṣbāḥ al-uns bayna al-maʻqūl wa-al-mashhūd / Muḥammad ibn Ḥamzah ibn Muḥammad al-Fanārī.
4. p.445-p.446 : [blank].

Physical Details:

Pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization.


Written mainly in 25-26 lines per page.


Ruqʻah and naskh ; two modern hands ; opening pages in naskh, a spacious, modern hand in a bold line, partially but irregularly seriffed with slight effect of tilt to the left, curvilinear descenders, somewhat freely ligatured, many closed counters, pointing in strokes rather than distinct dots, final yāʼ usually unpointed ; thereafter in ruqʻah, initially (through p.266) a neat hand, 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 ; from p.267 a much quicker, coarser hand with effect of inclination to the right and slight effect of words descending to baseline.


Headings and text being commented upon rubricated.


Mainly lined / ruled wove paper of at least two different types ; a few leaves of unruled wove paper.


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 "شرح | عبد الرحمن الجامي | 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. 67


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 7959" ; UM Library inscription on p.3 "Dunning | Heyworth-Dunne | 6-13-51 | 71955" ; possible former inventory mark in pencil on verso of final leaf (p.446) "231 / 53" ; marginal glosses.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

06--Nābulusī, ʻAbd al-Ghanī ibn Ismāʻīl,--1641-1731.--Jawāhir al-nuṣūṣ fī ḥall kalimāt al-Fuṣūṣ.--Selections.
06--نابلسي، عبد الغني بن اسماعيل.--جواهر النصوص في حل كلمات الفصوص.--مختارات.
07--Fanārī, Muḥammad ibn Ḥamzah,--1350 or 51-1430 or 31.--Miṣbāḥ al-uns.
07--فناري, محمد بن حمزة.--مصباح الانس.


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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. cmtre. h and cmtre. k)Brockelmann, C. GAL,S II 329

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

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