Isl. Ms. 933


[Madkhal al-falsafah al-ʻaṣrīyah ...etc.,193-?].[مدخل الفلسفة العصرية ...الخ,193-م?].


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208 leaves :paper ;311 x 210 mm. bound to 321 x 220 mm.


Careful copy of a collective volume (majmūʻah) of philosophical works, chiefly comprising an Arabic work on modern philosophy addressing Kant, Fichte, Herbart, Schopenhauer, Hegel, Hartmann, etc. interspersed (perhaps intentionally) with excerpts from 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 and a selection of excerpts addressing Benjamin Rand's (1856-1934) Modern classical philosophers, Henri Bergson's (1859–1941) Evolution créatrice, al-Fārābī's ʻUyūn al-masāʼil, and Ṣadr al-Dīn Shīrāzī's Kitāb al-Mashāʻir (compare the contents of Isl. Ms. 972), and finally closing with a brief excerpt (in Arabic) from Hegel's Logic (Wissenschaft der Logik).

Other Title(s):

Title from heading at opening on p.2:مدخل الفلسفة العصرية مذهب التحقق الحديثتلخيص كتب ارسطو الطبيعيةمن تاريخ راند في عمد متأخري الحكماءمن كتاب النشوء الابداعي تأليف هنري بيرجسون الفيلسوف الفرنسيمن عيون المسائل للمعلم الثانيمن اوائل رسالة المشاعر الصدريةنتفة من منطق هيجل


Philosophy, Modern.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Aristotle.--De caelo.
Hegel, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich,--1770-1831.




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


"مقدمة ان المصاعب التي تحيط بهمة تقديم صورة عامة عن مذهب التحقق المعاصر في مقام دقيق ومجال قصير لجيرة خطيرة جدا والسبب في ذلك غالبا يرجع الى ان مذهب التحقق هذا ليس كلا تعليم منظم ..."


"وانها ذات وجود خاص بنفسها فقط انتهت هذه النبذة المنطقية الهيجلية"


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1. p.1-p.71 : Madkhal al-falsafah al-ʻaṣrīyah.
2. p.72 : [blank].
3. p.73-p.128 : Talkhīṣ Kutub Arisṭū al-ṭabīʻīyah / Ibn Rushd.
4. p.129-p.139 : Min Tārīkh Rānd fī ʻumad mutaʼakhkhirī al-ḥukamāʼ.
5. p.139-p.140 : Min Kitāb al-Nushūʼ al-ibdāʻī / taʼlīf Hinrī Bīrjisūn.
6. p.140-p.141 : Min ʻUyūn al-masāʼil / lil-Muʻallim al-Thānī.
7. p.141-p.143 : Min awāʼil Risālat al-Mashāʻir al-Ṣadrīyah / Muḥammad ibn Ibrāhīm Ṣadr al-Dīn Shīrāzī.
8. p.144 : [blank].
9. p.145-p.375 : [possible continuation of Madkhal al-falsafah al-ʻaṣrīyah, or another work on modern philosophy, in fourteen sections beginning with the second].
10. p.376 : [blank].
11. p.377-p.423 : Nutfah min manṭiq Hayjal.

Physical Details:

Pages between sections left blank, some to serve as work / section 'title pages' (see pp.1, 73, 145, 165, 185, 201, 217, 225, 245, 265, 285, 301, 321, 341, 361, 377) ; quire numbering in the form of Hindu-Arabic numerals with letter ك for a couple of quires in second work (see p.89 and p.105) ; pagination in black ink, Hindu-Arabic numerals, in opening two works (through p.108), distinct for each ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (mistakenly follows p.231 with p.223 and thereafter off by eight pages).


Written mainly in 27 lines per page.


Ruqʻah ; compact hand in a thin to bold line (line thickness changes) ; serifless and freely ligatured with slight effect of tilt to the right and of words descending to baseline, mainly closed counters, pointing in strokes rather than distinct dots.


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Lined / ruled wove paper.


Boards covered in 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 "مدخل الفلسفة العصرية | 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. 82


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 7974" ; 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.424) "231 / 53" ; marginal glosses.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

04--Averroës,--1126-1198.--Talkhīṣ al-samāʻ al-ṭabīʻī.
04--ابن رشد.--تلخيص السماع الطبيعي.
05--Averroës,--1126-1198.--Talkhīṣ al-samāʾ wa-al-ʻālam.
05--ابن رشد.--تلخيص السماع والعالم.
Rand, Benjamin,--1856-1934.--Modern classical philosophers.--Arabic.--Selections
Bergson, Henri,--1859-1941.--Evolution créatrice.--Arabic.--Selections.
06--Fārābī.--ʻUyūn al-masāʼil.--Selections.
06--فارابي.--عيون المسائل.--مختارات
07--Ṣadr al-Dīn Shīrāzī, Muḥammad ibn Ibrāhīm,---1641.--Mashāʻir.--Selections.
07--صدر الدين شيرازي، محمد بن ابراهيم.--مشاعر.--مختارات
Hegel, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich,--1770-1831.--Wissenschaft der Logik.--Selections.--Arabic.
تلخيص كتب ارسطو الطبيعيةمن تاريخ راند في عمد متأخري الحكماءمن كتاب النشوء الابداعي تأليف هنري بيرجسون الفيلسوف الفرنسيمن عيون المسائل للمعلم الثانيمن اوائل رسالة المشاعر الصدريةنتفة من منطق هيجل


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Former Owner(s):

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

In Collection:

Heyworth-Dunne Collection.

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

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