Isl. Ms. 938


al-Falsafah al-dhātīyah,[193-?].الفلسفة الذاتية,[193-م?].


Fanārī, Muḥammad ibn Ḥamzah,1350 or 1351-1430 or 1431.فناري، محمد بن حمزه.

Place/Date of Production:



84 leaves :paper ;340 x 235, 323 x 210 mm. bound to 347 x 244 mm.


Careful though acephalous and incomplete copy of Muḥammad ibn Ḥamzah al-Fanārī’s commentary on Ṣadr al-Dīn al-Qūnawī’s (d.1274) chief philosophical work Miftāḥ ghayb al-jamʻ wa-al-wujūd, opening in the latter part of al-Aṣl al-rābiʻ and concluding in the opening part of the Khātimah.

Other Title(s):

Miṣbāḥ al-uns bayna al-maʻqūl wa-al-mashhūdمصباح الانس بين المعقول والمشهودفلسفة الذاتية


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.




Ms. codex.
Title from inscription in pencil on incipit page (p.1) which attributes the work to Abī Saʻīd al-Farghānī ("الفلسفة الذاتية لابي سعيد الفرغاني").


"وان كانت راجعة الى اصول حاصرة كالاسماء الذاتية التي هي مفاتيح الغيب التي كلياتها الحضرات الخمس كما مر ..."


"اصلا ومنشأ لجميع الصور الانسانية التخطيطية كما كان معنى محمد ص وحقيقته التي هي حقيقة الحقائق منشأ"


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Physical Details:

i, IV (8), V (18), 2 IV(34), 5 V(84), i ; chiefly quinions with a few quaternions ; quire numbering in the form of Hindu-Arabic numerals accompanied by letter kāf (ك) appearing in the inner lower margin (near the gutter) of the opening recto of each gathering (begins with the third, see pp.1, 17, 37, 53, etc.), supplied in same pencil as original pagination (grey or blue) ; pagination in pencil, Hindu-Arabic numerals (through page ٩٢ grey pencil, from page ٩٣ blue pencil, with exception of pp.139-144) ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization.


Written in 28-34 lines per page.


Naskh ; clear hand in a thin to bold line (line thickness and size certainly changes, though appears to have been supplied by same copyist) ; mainly serifless with slight effect of tilt to the left and of words descending to baseline, curvilinear descenders, open and closed counters, pointing in strokes rather than distinct dots, final yāʼ usually unpointed.


Section headings 'rubricated' in a now purplish red ink ; chart / table (jadwal) on p.86 with the four spheres (al-aflāk al-arbaʻah), seven heavens (al-samawāt al-sabaʻ), and four elements (al-ʻanāṣir al-arbaʻah) with corresponding heavenly bodies, names of God, angels, etc.


Lined wove paper of two different types, in two different sizes (compare the fifth gathering, pp.37-52).


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 "الفلسفة الذاتية | الفهقاني | J.H.D." ; sewing somewhat difficult to examine, but seemingly in heavy white thread over at least three stations (see p.8, 26, etc.) ; stuck-on endbands (blue and white stripe) ; overall in fairly good condition.

Former Shelfmarks:

Mich. Isl. Ms. temp. no. 87


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 7979" ; UM Library inscription at opening on p.1 "Dunning | Heyworth-Dunne | 6-11-51 | 71955" ; possible former inventory mark in pencil at opening on p.1 "231 / 53" ; several marginal and interlinear corrections in pencil (grey, blue, etc.) in hand of 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,S II 328 f.

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

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