Shelfmark:

Isl. Ms. 920

Title:

[Sharḥ al-Risālah al-mawsūmah bi-al-ʻArshīyah ... etc.,1354, i.e. 1935 and 1358, i.e. 1940].[شرح الرسالة الموسومة بالعرشية ... الخ,1354ه, 1935م و1358ه، 1940م].

Author:

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

Place/Date of Production:

[1935 and 1940].

Size:

335 leaves :paper ;311 x 200-212 mm. bound to 320 x 222 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), apparently followed by Asrār al-āyāt, also by Mullā Ṣadrā, another copy of the opening commentary, and Kitāb Uthūlūjiyā (Thuyūlūjiyā) Arīsṭū (i.e. the Theology of Aristotle or Theologia Aristotelis, see Isl. Ms. 910).

Other Title(s):

Title from inscription in pencil on incipit page (p.1):شرح زين العابدين بن محمد جواد النوري على العرشيةSharḥ al-Ḥikmah al-ʻarshīyah.شرح الحكمة العرشية.

Subject(s):

Islamic philosophy.
Philosophy, Ancient--Translations into Arabic--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Ṣadr al-Dīn al-Shīrāzī, Muḥammad ibn Ibrāhīm,--d. 1641.--Ḥikmah al-ʻarshīyah.
Aristotle--Spurious and doubtful works.
Koran--Criticism, interpretation, etc.--Early works to 1800.

Language:

Arabic.

Notes:

Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloguer from heading on p.2.

Incipit:

[Muqaddimat al-nāshir] "الحمد لله وزان علمه وكفى والصلاة على عباده الذين اصطفى وبعد فان الرسالة الموسومة بالعرشية ..." [Sharḥ al-ʻArshīyah]"شرح الرسالة الموسومة بالعرشية لخاتم الحكماء المتألهين ملا اسماعيل الاصفهاني ... بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم الحمد لله الذي خلقنا بقدرته ثم هدانا الى سبيل معرفته ... وبعد فيقول اقل الخليقة جرما واكثرها جرما العبد الذليل ... محمد اسماعيل بن السميع الاصفهاني ... اني لما رأيت الرسالة الشريفة الموسومة بالحكمة العرشية للمولى الفاضل ... محمد بن ابراهيم المعروف بصدر الشيرازي ..." [Asrār al-āyāt] "هذا كتاب اسرار الايات لامام المتألهين ... نحمدك اللهم يا من تحيرت في بيداء كبريائه الالباب ..." ; [Muqaddimat al-nāshir] "الحمد لله وزان علمه وكفى والصلاة على عباده الذين اصطفى وبعد فان الرسالة الموسومة بالعرشية ..." ; [Sharḥ al-ʻArshīyah] "الحمد لله الذي خلقنا بقدرته ثم هدانا الى سبيل معرفته ..." ; [Uthūlūjiyā Arīsṭū] "مقدمة جدير بكل ساع لمعرفة الغاية التي هو عائد اليها سعيا منبعثا ..."

Explicit:

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Colophon:

[Kitāb Asrār al-āyāt] "تم هذا الكتاب في فجر اليوم الثامن من شهر ذي الحجة ١٣٥٨ هجرية الموافق للثامن عشر من شهر يناير ١٩٤٠ ميلادية و التاسع من شهر طوبة قبطية والحمد لله اولا واخرا ..." ; [Kitāb Uthūlūjiyā Arīsṭū] "Scribal," reads "تم في يوم الاربعاء سابع جمادى الاولى س ١٣٥٤ الموافق سابع اغسطس ١٩٣٥ والحمد لله اولا واخرا وبداء واختتاما"

Dedication:

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Contents:

1. p.1-p.220: Sharḥ al-Risālah al-mawsūmah bi-al-ʻArshīyah / Muḥammad Ismāʻīl ibn al-Sumayʻ al-Iṣfahānī.
2. p.220-p.399 : Hādhā Kitāb Asrār al-āyāt / Muḥammad ibn Ibrāhīm Ṣadr al-Dīn al-Shīrāzī.
3. p.399-565 : Sharḥ al-ʻArshīyah li-Mullā Ṣadrā / Mullā Ismāʻīl al-Iṣfahānī.
4. p.566-p.669 : Hādhā Kitāb Uthūlūjiyā (Thuyūlūjiyā) Arīsṭū fī al-fann al-rubūbī min funūn Mā baʼda al-ṭabīʻah.

Physical Details:
Collation:

Pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization.

Layout:

Written mainly in 26 lines per page.

Script:

Ruqʻah ; quick, compact, modern hand in a thin 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:

Lined / ruled wove paper of at least two types.

Binding:

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 زين العابدين | J.H.D." ; sewing difficult to examine ; stuck-on endbands (blue and white stripe) ; overall in fairly good condition though with acid burn where pressure sensitive tape has been applied to repair front flyleaf.

Former Shelfmarks:

Mich. Isl. Ms. temp. no. 69

Origin:

As appears in colophon on p.399, transcription of Kitāb Asrār al-āyāt (and likely preceding work as well), completed 8 Dhū al-Ḥijjah 1358 corresponding to 18 January 1940 and 9 Ṭūbah [1656]. As appears in colophon on p.669, transcription of Uthūlūjiyā Arīsṭū completed 7 Jumādá I 1354, corresponding to 7 August 1935. All likely transcribed in Egypt, and eventually bound together for James Heyworth-Dunne (d.1974). Several of the included works likely copied from printed editions.

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 7961" ; UM Library inscription on verso of front flyleaf "Dunning | Heyworth-Dunne | 6-11-51 | 71955" ; possible former inventory mark "231/53" in pencil on incipit 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.
Plotinus.--Enneads.--IV-VI.--Paraphrase.--Arabic.
Sharḥ al-Ḥikmah al-ʻarshīyah.شرح الحكمة العرشية.

Scribe(s):

Unidentified-Can you help supply this information? Please comment!

Former Owner(s):

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

Related Works:

Kitāb Uthūlūjiyā Arisṭāṭālis.كتاب اثولوجيا ارسطاطالس

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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