Isl. Ms. 921


Hādhā huwa al-Kitāb al-maʻrūf bi-al-Mujlī al-mawsūm bi-Maslak al-afhām wa-al-Nūr al-munjī min al-ẓalām,[193-?].هذا هو الكتاب المعروف بالمجلي الموسوم بمسلك الافهام والنور المنجي من الظلام،[193-م؟].


Ibn Abī Jumhūr al-Aḥsāʼī, Muḥammad ibn ʻAlī,d. ca. 1473.ابن ابي جمهور الاحسائي، محمد بن علي.

Place/Date of Production:



94 leaves :paper ;310-312 x 215 mm. bound to 321 x 218 mm.


Careful (though apparently incomplete) copy of Ibn Abī Jumhūr's (d. after 1499) Kitāb al-Mujlī or Mujlī mirʼāt al-Nūr al-munjī, a supercommentary upon his own kalām work, Maslak al-afhām fī ʻilm al-kalām and its commentary, al-Nūr al-munjī min al-ẓalām.

Other Title(s):

MujlīمجليTitle from inscription in pencil on p.1:مسلك الافهامMaslak al-afhāmTitle from preface on p.1 and in GAL:مجليMujallīملك الافهام


Islam--Doctrines--Early works to 1800.
Shīʻah--Doctrines--Early works to 1800.
Islamic philosophy--Early works to 1800.
Sufism--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Ibn Abī Jumhūr al-Aḥsāʼī, Muḥammad ibn ʻAlī,--d. ca. 1473.--Nūr al-munjī min al-ẓalām.




Ms. codex.
Title from heading on incipit page (p.1).


"الحمد لله الذي تجلى لذاته بذاته ... اما بعد فهذا هو الكتاب المسمى بمسلك الافهام والنور المنجي من الظلام المعروف بمجلي المشتمل على الاصول اليقينية والمنازل العرفانية ... المنسوب الى امام السالكين وقطب الموحدين محمد بن الشيخ زين الدين ابي الحسن بن حسام الدين بن ابراهيم ابن ابي الجمهور الهجري الاحساوي المعروف بابن ابي جمهور ... هذا هو الكتاب المعروف بالمجلي الموسوم بمسلك الافهام والنور المنجي من الظلام المنسوب الى رئيس المحققين والموحدين المعروف بابن ابي جمهور الاحسائي ... بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم اللهم يا ذا المن الجسيم والطول العظيم والشأن القويم والامر الحكيم ..."


"والجمل التي جوز ان تكون كل واحدة منها غير متناهية لا بد ان يكون تأليفها من علل ومعلومات"


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Physical Details:

Pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization.


Written mainly in 27-28 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.


Occasional overlining ; passage on p.69 supplied in contrasting lavender ink.


Lined / ruled wove paper of at least two types (one cream in color, one beige in color).


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 "ملك [كذا] | الافهام | ابن جمهور | 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. 70


Lacks dated colophon ; likely copied in Egypt in the late 1930s and bound for James Heyworth-Dunne (d.1974). Copy likely made from the lithograph edition by Aḥmad al-Shīrāzī (Tehran 1329/1911).

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 7962" ; UM Library inscription on p.3 "Dunning | Heyworth-Dunne | 6-11-51 | 71955" ; possible former inventory mark "231/53" in pencil on verso of final leaf (p.188) ; marginal glosses.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

07--Ibn Abī Jumhūr al-Aḥsāʼī, Muḥammad ibn ʻAlī,--d. ca. 1473.--Maslak al-afhām.
07--ابن ابي جمهور الاحسائي، محمد بن علي.--مسلك الافهام.


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Former Owner(s):

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

Related Works:

Maslak al-afhām.مسلك الافهام.

In Collection:

Heyworth-Dunne Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,S II 272Āghā Buzurg al-Ṭihrānī. al-Dharīʻah ilá taṣānīf al-Shīʻah,no.1726 vol.20 p.13Madelung, W. "Ibn ABĪ ḎJ̲UMHŪR al-AḤSĀʾĪ, Muḥammad b. ʿAlī b. Ibrāhīm b. Ḥasan b. Ibrāhīm b. Ḥasan al-Had̲j̲arī." in EI2,vol. XII, p.380, col.1Muḥammad ibn ʻAlī ibn Abī Jumhūr al-Aḥsāʼī. Mujlī mirʼāt al-munjī fī al-kalām wa-al-ḥikmatayn wa-al-taṣawwuf. Reprint of lithograph edition by Aḥmad al-Shīrāzī, ed. Sabine Schmidtke. Tihrān, 2008.

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

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