Shelfmark:

Isl. Ms. 927

Title:

[Kitāb Minhāj al-ʻābidīn ilá al-jannah ...etc.,193-?].[كتاب منهاج العابدين الى الجنة ...الخ,193-م?].

Author:

Ghazzālī,1035-1111.غزالي

Place/Date of Production:

[193-?].

Size:

26 leaves :paper ;237-300 x 155-228 mm. bound to 310 x 235 mm.

Summary:

Careful copy of a majmūʻah with two partial transcripts of Minhāj al-ʻābidīn, a work of Ṣūfī thought attributed to al-Ghazālī, followed by a selection of commentary upon and extracts from Miftāḥ ghayb al-jamʻ wa-al-wujūd, Ṣadr al-Dīn al-Qūnawī’s (d.1274) chief philosophical work.

Other Title(s):

Title of opening work from 'title page' (p.1):كتاب منهاج العابدين الى الجنةTitle of second work from 'title page' (p.21):كتاب منهاج العابدين الى الجنةTitle of closing work from 'title page' (p.35):ضابط شريف في الاسرار والفوائدمنهاج العابدين الى الجنةضابط شريف في الاسرار والفوائدḌābiṭ sharīf fī al-asrār wa-al-fawāʼidضابط شريف يحتوي على عدة اسرار وفوائدḌābiṭ sharīf yaḥtawī ʻalá ʻiddat asrār wa-fawāʼid

Subject(s):

Sufism--Early works to 1800.
Islamic ethics--Early works to 1800.
Muslims--Conduct of life--Early works to 1800.
Religious life--Islam--Early works to 1800.
Islamic philosophy--Early works to 1800.
God (Islam)--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Ṣadr al-Dīn al-Qūnawī, Muḥammad ibn Isḥāq,--d. 1273 or 4.--Miftāḥ ghayb al-jamʻ wa-al-wujūd.

Language:

Arabic.

Notes:

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

Incipit:

[Minhāj al-ʻābidīn] "وصلى الله على سيدنا ومولانا محمد وعلى آله وصحبه وسلم قال الشيخ الامام الصالح الزاهد عبد الملك ابن عبد الله رضي الله تعالى عنه وارضاه املى علي الشيخ الاجل الزاهد حجة الاسلام زين الدين شرف الائمة ابو حامد محمد بن محمد بن محمد الغزالي الطوسي رفع الله في الجنة درجته هذا الكتاب وهو آخر كتاب صنفه الحمد لله الملك الحليم الجواد الكريم العزيز الحكيم الذي فطر السموات والارض بقدرته ودبر الامور في الدارين بحكمته وما خلق الجن والانس الا لعبادته فالطريق واضح للقاصدين والدليل لائح للناظرين ..." [Ḍābiṭ sharīf ] "كان ما كان وباسمه يكون ما يكوت ربنا افتح بيننا وبين قومنا بالحق وانت خير الفاتحين ضابط شريف يحتوي على عدة اسرار وفوائد اعلم ان كل ما ظننت ادراكه دون ان ينفذ بصرك الى ما وراءه كان ترى مثلا هذه الصورة او هذا الجسم ولم تعلم ما وراءهما من المعنى او الروح فانت في الحقيقة لم تدرك ذلك الشيء الذي ظننتك مدركا له من الادراك ..."

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Dedication:

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Contents:

1. p.1-p.20 : Kitāb Minhāj al-ʻābidīn ilá al-jannah / al-Ghazzālī.
2. p.21-33 : Kitāb Minhāj al-ʻābidīn ilá al-jannah / al-Ghazzālī.
3. p.34 : [blank].
4. p.35-p.53 : [Commentary upon and extracts from Miftāḥ ghayb al-jamʻ wa-al-wujūd, opening with Ḍābiṭ sharīf yaḥtawī ʻalá ʻiddat asrār wa-fawāʼid].

Physical Details:
Collation:

Internal pagination in pencil, Hindu-Arabic numerals, for opening of second work (see pp.22-28) ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization ; a few pages left partially blank to serve at 'title pages' (see pp.1, 21, 35).

Layout:

Written in 15-21 lines per page ; unruled, lines often curved or sagging.

Script:

Naskh and ruqʻah ; likely executed by the same hand ; opening two works mainly in naskh (with influence of ruqʻah), mainly serifless with slight effect of inclination to the left, curvilinear descenders, pointing in strokes rather than distinct dots, final yāʼ usually unpointed, free assimilation of letters ; opening work in a bold line, second in a thinner line ; final work mainly in ruqʻah, a quick, compact hand in a medium line, serifless and freely ligatured with mainly closed counters, slight effect of words descending to baseline and inclination to the left, pointing somewhat careless and in strokes rather than distinct dots.

Decoration:

Some heading and portions of text in purple and red ink (see pp.21-22).

Support:

Wove paper of three different 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 "منهاج العابدين الى الجنة | الغزالى| 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. 76

Origin:

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 7968" ; UM Library inscription on verso of front flyleaf "Dunning | Heyworth-Dunne | 6-11-51 | 71955" ; possible former inventory mark in pencil on verso of final leaf (p.54) "231 / 53" ; marginal glosses.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

05--Ṣadr al-Dīn al-Qūnawī, Muḥammad ibn Isḥāq,--d. 1273 or 4.--Miftāḥ ghayb al-jamʻ wa-al-wujūd.--Selections.
05--صدر الدين القونوي، محمد بن اسحاق.--مفتاح غيب الجمع والوجود.--مختارات.
ضابط شريف في الاسرار والفوائدḌābiṭ sharīf fī al-asrār wa-al-fawāʼidضابط شريف يحتوي على عدة اسرار وفوائدḌābiṭ sharīf yaḥtawī ʻalá ʻiddat asrār wa-fawāʼid

Scribe(s):

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

Former Owner(s):

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

In Collection:

Heyworth-Dunne Collection.

References:

Brockelmann, C. GAL,I 423 no.38 ; S I 744 ff.Brockelmann, C. GAL,I 449 ; S I 807

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

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