Isl. Ms. 926


[Talkhīṣ kutub Arisṭāṭālīs fī al-ḥikmah al-ṭabīʻīyah ...etc.,1356, i.e. 1937].[تلخيص كتب ارسطاطاليس في الحكمة الطبيعية ...الخ,1356ه، 1937م].


Averroës,1126-1198.ابن رشد.

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212 leaves :paper ;310 x 210 mm. bound to 321 x 220 mm.


Careful copy of a collection (majmūʻah) of works beginning with Ibn Rushd's (Abū al-Walīd Muḥammad ibn Aḥmad, al-Ḥafīd, known in the West as Averroës) celebrated shorter commentaries on Aristotle's treatises on the natural sciences, as well as his Metaphysics and Rhetoric, followed by the commentary by ʻAbd al-Qādir al-Qāshānī (d.1330) [also attributed to ʻIzz al-Dīn Maḥmūd al-Kāshī (d.1334 or 5), see GAL S I 464] on Ibn al-Fāriḍ's celebrated Ṣūfī poem in tāʼ, Naẓm al-sulūk or al-Tāʼīyah al-kubrá. Contribution to the cataloguing from Tzvi Langermann.

Other Title(s):

Title from inscription in pencil on 'title page' (p.1):تلخيص فلسفة اورسطوTalkhīṣ al-samāʻ al-ṭabīʻīتلخيص السماع الطبيعيتلخيص فلسفة ارسطو الاندلسيجوامع كتب أرسطو في العلم الطبيعيكتاب ما بعد الطبيعة وهو القسم الرابع من تلخيص مقالات اريسطوسرح التائية الكبرى


Sufi poetry, Arabic--Early works to 1800.
Islam--Doctrines--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Aristotle.--De caelo.
Ibn al-Fāriḍ, ʻUmar ibn ʻAlī,--1181 or 2-1235.--Naẓm al-sulūk.




Ms. codex.
Title from heading at opening on p.2.


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"Scribal," reads "وكان نسخ هذا الشرح في هذه النسخة واقعا في يوم السبت الموافق ١٩ من شهر ربيع الاول ١٣٥٦ والمطابق للتاسع والعشرين من شهر مايو ١٩٣٧ والمصادف للحادي والعشرين من شهر بشنس والحمد لله وحده اولا واخرا وبدأ واختتاما"


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1. p.1-p.41 : Talkhīṣ kutub Arisṭāṭālīs fī al-ḥikmah al-ṭabīʻīyah / Ibn Rushd.
2. p.42 : [blank].
3. p.43-166 : Kitāb mā baʻda al-ṭabīʻah wa-huwa al-qism al-rābiʻ min Talkhīṣ maqālāt Arīsṭū / Abū al-Walīd Muḥammad ibn Aḥmad ibn Muḥammad Ibn Rushd al-Andulusī.
4. p.167-p.175 : Talkhīṣ Ibn Rushd li-Kitāb al-khiṭābah al-Arisṭī / Ibn Rushd.
5. p.175 : Min al-Tāʼīyah al-kubrá / Ibn al-Fāriḍ.
6. p.175-p.422 : Kashf al-wujūh al-ghurr li-maʻānī Naẓm al-durr / ʻAbd al-Razzāq al-Qāshānī.

Physical Details:

Pages between some sections left blank (see pp.14, 24, 42, 44, 67) ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (mistakenly repeats pp.90-91).


Written in 22-26 lines per page.


Ruqʻah ; compact hand, initially carefully executed in a bold line, later much quicker in a finer line ; serifless and freely ligatured with slight effect of inclination toward the right, pointing somewhat careless and in strokes rather than distinct dots.


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Lined / ruled 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 "تلخيص | فلسفة ارسطو | الاندلسي | 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. 75


As appears in colophon on p.422, transcription completed 19 Rabīʻ I 1356, corresponding to 29 May 1937 and 21 Bashans 1653. Likely copied in Egypt in the late 1930s 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 7967" ; UM Library inscription on p.3 "Dunning | Heyworth-Dunne | 6-11-51 | 71955" ; possible former inventory mark in pencil on verso of final leaf (p.422) "231 / 53" ; numerous marginal glosses in black ink.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

04--Averroës,--1126-1198.--Talkhīṣ al-samāʾ wa-al-ʻālam.
04--ابن رشد.--تلخيص السماع والعالم.
05--Averroës,--1126-1198.--Talkhīṣ mā baʻda al-ṭabīʻah.
05--ابن رشد.--تلخيص ما بعد الطبيعة.
06--Averroës,--1126-1198.--Talkhīṣ al-Khaṭābah.
06--ابن رشد.--تلخيص الخطابة.
07--ʻAbd al-Razzāq al-Qāshānī,---1330?--Kashf wujūh al-ghurr li-maʻānī Naẓm al-durr.
07--عبد الرزاق القاشاني.--كشف وجوه الغر لمعاني نظم الدر.
كتاب ما بعد الطبيعة وهو القسم الرابع من تلخيص مقالات اريسطوسرح التائية الكبرى


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Former Owner(s):

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

In Collection:

Heyworth-Dunne Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,S I 833 ff.Brockelmann, C. GAL,I 262 ; S I 462 ff.

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

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tzvi langermann on whole page :

I have not yet inspected the full manuscript closely; but from page 176 on, we have a copy of a commentary on Ibn al-Farid’s al-Ta’iyya al-kubra, entitled Kashf wujuh alghurr li-ma’ani nazm aldurr (title is miswritten on p. 176); the author as far as I can determine is Sharaf al-Din al-Qaysari and the commentary is unpublished. This is one of many commentaries to a classic Sufi poem.

February 27, 2011 9:58 am
tzvi langermann on whole page :

I see now that the commentary is by al-Kashani and has been published; see Nicholson’s Studies in Islamic Mysticism:
(6) The Td’iyyatu ‘l-kubrd, with the commentary of ‘Abdu ‘1-Razzaq
al-Kashanf bearing the title Kashfu ‘l-wujuhi ‘l-ghurr li-ma’dni na?mi ‘l-durr
(Cairo, A.M. 1319).(copied and pasted from a pdf of his book); Nicholson used this and other commentaries in his study on the poem.

February 27, 2011 5:37 pm

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