Isl. Ms. 922


[Asrār al-āyāt wa-anwār al-bayyināt ... etc.,193-?].[اسرار الآيات وانوار البينات ... الخ,193-؟م].


Ṣadr al-Dīn Shīrāzī, Muḥammad ibn Ibrāhīm,-1641.صدر الدن شىرازى، محمد بن ابراهيم.

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213 leaves :paper ;312 x 210-215 mm. bound to 322 x 222 mm.


Careful copy of the treatise on Qurʼān interpretation by the renowned Ṣafavid philosopher Mullā Ṣadrā Shīrāzī (d.1640), followed by his Kitāb al-Mashāʻir, on ontology, and al-Ḥikmah al-ʻarshīyah, the popular work on knowledge of God and eschatology.

Other Title(s):

Title from inscription on 'title page' (p.1):كتاب اسرار الاياتاسرار الآيات


Islamic philosophy--Early works to 1800.
Ontology--Early works to 1800.
Metaphysics--Early works to 1800.
Sufism--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Qurʼan--Criticism, interpretation, etc.--Early works to 1800.




Ms. codex.
Title from preface on p.1 and heading preceding opening on p.2.


[preface] "نحمدك اللهم يا من تحيرت [؟] في بيداء كبريائه الالباب وغرقت في بحار معرفته عقول الاولياء ... وبعد فان هذا الكتاب المستطاب الذي هو قرة عيون اولى الالباب الموسوم باسرار الآيات وانوار البينات من مصنفات الحكيم الكامل ... صدر الحق والملة والدين محمد بن ابراهيم الشهير بصدر المتالهين الشيرازي ..." [Asrār al-āyāt] "هذا كتاب اسرار الآيات وانوار البينات لامام المتألهين محمد المعروف بصدر المتألهين الشيرازي طاب ثراه بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم ... نحمدك اللهم يا من بيده ملكوت الارض والسماء واليه تتشوق الكائنات ... اما بعد فيقول انزل خلق الله واحوجهم الى كرامة رب العالمين محمد المدعو بصدر الدين هذا بيان للناس وهدى ورحمة للمتقين ..." [Kitāb al-Mashāʻir] "نحمد الله ونستعين بقوته التي اقام بها ملكوت الارض والسماء وبكلمته التي انشأ بها نشأتي الآخرة والاولى على تهذيب القوى القابلة للاستكمال ... وبعد فان اقل الخلائق قدرا وجرما واكثرهم خطأ وجرما محمد الشتهر بصدر الدين الشيرازي يقول ايها الاخوان السالكون الى الله بنور العرفان ..." [al-ʻArshīyah] "الحمد لله الذي جعلنا ممن شرح صدره بالاسلام فهو على نور من ربه ... اما بعد فيقول العبد الذليل المحتاج الى عفو الرب الجليل ... هذه رسالة اذكر فيها طائفة من المسائل الربوبية ..."


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[Asrār al-āyāt] "Scribal," reads "تمت هذه النسخة الشريفة المسماه باسرار الآيات وانوار البينات للمحقق القويم صدر الدين الشيرازي الشهير وسوف نتبعها ان شاء الله تع بمتن العرشية ومتن المشاعر"


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1. p.2-p.267 : Asrār al-āyāt wa-anwār al-bayyināt / Muḥammad ibn Ibrāhīm Ṣadr al-Dīn al-Shīrāzī.
2. p.268-p.326 : Kitāb al-Mashāʻir / Muḥammad ibn Ibrāhīm Ṣadr al-Dīn al-Shīrāzī.
3. p.326-p.425 : Matn al-ʻArshīyah / Muḥammad ibn Ibrāhīm Ṣadr al-Dīn al-Shīrāzī.

Physical Details:

Pages between some sections left blank (see pp.37-40, 71-71) ; pagination in pencil, Hindu-Arabic numerals (first sixteen pages only) ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during cataloguing.


Written in 21-25 lines per page.


Naskh and ruqʻah ; two or three modern hands in a medium to bold line ; naskh partially but irregularly seriffed with slight effect of inclination to the left, curvilinear descenders, open and closed counters, words adhering to baseline, some elongation of horizontal strokes, occasionally more carefully executed ; ruqʻah, compact hand with slight effect of inclination to the right, serifless and freely ligatured with pointing somewhat careless and in strokes rather than distinct dots.


Many opening headings and passages executed in contrasting purple ink ; others simply larger and bolded.


Wove paper of two distinct types, one lined and one unlined.


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 "اسرار الآيات | الشيرازي | 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. 71


Lacks dated colophon ; likely copied in Egypt in the late 1930s and bound for James Heyworth-Dunne (d.1974). Copy perhaps partly made from a printed edition.

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 7963" ; UM Library inscription on p.3 "Dunning | Heyworth-Dunne | 6-11-51 | 71955" ; possible former inventory mark in pencil on ’title page’ (p.1) "231 / 53" ; numerous marginal glosses and occasional corrections ; pp.69-70 carries excerpts in several different inks (purple, red and black) perhaps serving as pen trials.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

06--Ṣadr al-Dīn al-Shīrāzī, Muḥammad ibn Ibrāhīm,--d. 1641.--Mashāʻir.
06--صدر الدين الشيرازي، محمد بن ابراهيم.--مشاعر.
07--Ṣadr al-Dīn al-Shīrāzī, Muḥammad ibn Ibrāhīm,--d. 1641.--Ḥikmah al-ʻarshīyah.
07--صدر الدين الشيرازي، محمد بن ابراهيم.--حكمة العرشية.


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Former Owner(s):

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

In Collection:

Heyworth-Dunne Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,II 413 ; S II 588-9MacEoin, D. "Mullā Ṣadrā S̲H̲īrāzī Ṣadr al-Dīn Muḥammad b. Ibrāhīm Ḳawāmī S̲h̲īrāzī." In EI2,vol. VII, p.547, col. 2

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

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