Isl. Ms. 929


Ḥāshiyah ʻalá matn al-Ishārāt,[193-?].حاشية على متن الاشارات,[193-م?].


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67 leaves :paper ;290 x 200-225 mm. bound to 300 x 230 mm.


Careful copy of Ibn Sīnā's (d.1037) al-Ishārāt wa-al-tanbīhāt with glosses (ending arround p.158) attributed on the 'title pages' for the various sections to the anonymous "اع", apparent copyist of Isl. Mss. 905, 910, 937, 981, 988, 998 (see pp.1, 21, 57, 109, 153).

Other Title(s):

حاشية على متن الاشارات


Islamic philosophy--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Avicenna,--980-1037.--Ishārāt wa-al-tanbīhāt.




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


[matn al-Ishārāt] "هذه اشارات الى اصول وتنبيهات على جمل يستبصر بها من تيسر له لا ينتفع بالاصرح منها من تعسر عليه والتكلان على من بيده التوفيق ..." ; [Ḥāshiyah ʻalá matn al-Ishārāt] "الاشارة اسم المسألة تحتاج الى دليل والتنبيه اسم لما هو بخلاف ذلك والاصول القوانين الكلية التي يتعرف منها احكام جزئياتها ..."


[matn al-Ishārāt] "شئ للبصر مكافحة حتى يشاهد صورة الغيب مشاهدة"


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Physical Details:

Pages between sections left fully or partially blank, some serving as section 'title pages' (see pp.21, 57, 109, 153) ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization.


Highly variable, though with matn in central written area ranging from 11-19 lines per page and glosses arranged in margins.


Ruqʻah ; quick, compact hand in a thin to medium line (varies) ; serifless and freely ligatured with mainly closed counters, slight effect of words descending to baseline, pointing somewhat careless and in strokes rather than distinct dots, final yāʼ usually unpointed.


Opening sections entirely in blue ink ; elsewhere matn in black or blue ink and glosses rubricated (see pp.100, 102, 130-150) ; in final sections both matn and glosses in red (from pp.103-107, 109-130, 151 to close).


Wove paper of at least two different types.


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 "حشاية | على متن | الاشارات | ابن سينا| 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. 78


Lacks dated scribal colophon, though likely copied in Egypt in the late 1930s and eventually bound for James Heyworth-Dunne (d.1974). Likely in the hand of the glossator "ا ع" who apparently executed other manuscripts eventually bound for Heyworth-Dunne, namely Isl. Ms. 905 (completed in 1939), Isl. Ms. 910, Isl. Ms. 937 (completed in 1934), Isl. Ms. 981, Isl. Ms. 988, and Isl. Ms. 998.

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 7970" ; 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.184) "231 / 53" ; marginal glosses.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

Avicenna,--980-1037.--Ishārāt wa-al-tanbīhāt.
ابن سينا،--اشارات والتنبيهات.


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Former Owner(s):

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

In Collection:

Heyworth-Dunne Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,I 452 ff. ; S I 816

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

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