Isl. Ms. 963


Miṣbāḥ al-ḥukamāʼ wa-nibrās al-khawāṣṣ al-hādī ilá al-najātayn wa-al-saʻādatayn,[193-?].مصباح الحكماء ونبراس الخواص الهادي الى النجاتين والسعادتين,[193-م?].


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80 leaves :paper ;235 x 155 mm. bound to 225 x 148 mm.


Careful copy of an apparently anonymous philosophical work arranged here in five parts.

Other Title(s):

مصباح الحكماء


Islamic philosophy.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.




Ms. codex.
Title from 'title pages' for the various sections on pp.1, 36, 65, 97, 129.


"الحمد لله وحده والصلاة على سيدنا محمد واله وبعد فالانسان من بين سائر الاكوان ممتاز بالعقل والظن ومؤهل بذلك لسعادة ..."


"ثم الفاعلة الباسطة القابضة والى هنا انتهى الكلام على عالم الطبيعة الصرفة ويلي هذا الجزء الكلام على البرز في الجامع"


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Physical Details:

Pages between sections left blank, some serving as 'title pages' (see pp.33, 65, 97, 129) ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization.


Written mainly in 14-19 lines per page.


Ruqʻah ; quick, modern hand in a medium line ; serifless and freely ligatured with mainly closed counters, effect of inclination to the right and of words descending to baseline, pointing in strokes rather than distinct dots.


Written mainly in a blue-black ink.


Wove paper.


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 "مصباح الحكماء | 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. 112


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. 7907" ; UM Library inscription on p.3 "Dunning | Heyworth-Dunne | 6-13-51 | 71955" ; marginal glosses.

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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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