Isl. Ms. 937


Hādhihi hiya al-Risālah al-musammāh bi-al-ʻArshīyah,[1352, i.e. 1934].هذه هي الرسالة المسماة بالعرشية,[1352ه، 1934م].


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

Place/Date of Production:



31 leaves :paper ;325-340 x 230 mm. bound to 345 x 238 mm.


Careful copy of al-Ḥikmah al-ʻarshīyah, the popular work on knowledge of God and eschatology by Mullā Ṣadrā Shīrāzī (d.1640), renowned philosopher of the Ṣafavid period.

Other Title(s):

Ḥikmah al-ʻarshīyahحكمة العرشيةرسالة العرشية


Sufism--Early works to 1800.
Islamic philosophy--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.




Ms. codex.
Title from heading on incipit page (p.2).


"الحمد لله الذي جعلنا ممن شرح صدره للاسلام فهو على نور من ربه ... اما بعد فيقول العبد الذليل المحتاج الى عفو الرب الجليل محمد المدعو بصدر الدين ... هذه رسالة اذكر فيها طائفة من المسائل الربوبية ..."


"على الظن والتخمين والاماني والخيال اعاذنا الله واخواننا الذين يؤمنون من شر الشياطين والمضلين ... انه سميع الدعاء وقريب مجيب وبالاجاء جدير وبالهداية الى اقوم سبيل ... آمين آمين آمين"


"Scribal," reads "كتبه الفاني اع في الثلاثاء رابع ذي الحجة ١٣٥٢"


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Physical Details:

i,2 V(20), V+1 (31), i (as suggested by gatherings, sewing difficult to examine) ; chiefly quinions ; quire numbering in the form of Hindu-Arabic numerals accompanied by letter kāf (ك) appearing on the opening recto of each gathering from the second (see pp.21, 41) ; pagination in pencil, Hindu-Arabic numerals (through page ٤٤) ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (mistakenly repeats pp.58-59).


Written in 25-27 lines per page.


Ruqʻah ; compact hand in a medium line ; serifless and freely ligatured with slight effect of tilt to the right, mainly closed counters, pointing in strokes rather than distinct dots, final yāʼ usually unpointed.


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Wove paper of two types (trimmed to different sizes), both quite sturdy, one lined and beige in color (opening through p.40), the other unlined and cream in color (p.41 to close).


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 "رسالة العرشية | صدر الدين | J.H.D." ; sewing difficult to examine, but appears to be in heavy white thread over perhaps four stations (see p.50) ; stuck-on endbands (blue and white stripe) ; overall in fairly good condition.

Former Shelfmarks:

Mich. Isl. Ms. temp. no. 86


As appears in colophon on p.60, copied by the anonymous "ا ع" (compare Isl. Mss. 905, 910, 929, 981, 988, 998) with transcription completed 4 Dhū al-Ḥijjah 1352 [ca. 20 March 1934]. Likely copied in Egypt 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 7978" ; 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.60) "231 / 53" ; numerous marginal glosses in the hand of the copyist.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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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 ff.MacEoin, D. "Mullā Ṣadrā S̲H̲īrāzīṢadr 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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