Isl. Ms. 965


Hādhā Kitāb al-Maẓāhir,[193-?].هذا كتاب المظاهر,[193-م?].


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

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63 leaves :paper ;213 x 145-170 mm. bound to 220 x 175 mm.


Careful copy of an apparent abridgment of Kitāb al-Maẓāhir al-ilāhīyah, a philosophical work by Mullā Ṣadrā Shīrāzī (d.1641), renowned philosopher of the Ṣafavid period, bound up with a section labeled "المبدأ والمعاد" likely intended as the third section of Isl. Ms. 979 and Isl. Ms. 980 (see pp.81-112).

Other Title(s):

Kitāb al-Maẓāhir al-ilāhīyah.Selectionsكتاب المظاهر الالهية.مختاراتTitle from section 'title page' on p.113:تلخيص رسالة المظاهركتاب المظاهر الالهية في اسرار العلوم الكامليةرسالة المظاهر


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




Ms. codex.
Title from rubricated heading at opening on p.2.


"سبحانك اللهم يا مفيض الجود والوجود ويا ولي الفضل والنور يا شافي امراض الصدور ...اما بعد لما كان افضل السعادات والوسائل ورئيس الحسنات والفضائل اكتساب الحكمة الحقة الالهية وتكميل القوة النظرية بتحصيل العلوم الحقيقية والمعارف اليقينية ..."


"فانصب في طب الرضا والى ربك فارغب في محبته تم الكتاب"


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Physical Details:

Pages between sections left blank with some serving as 'title pages' (see pp.41, 81, 113) ; pagination in pencil, Hindu-Arabic numerals through p.39 ; at p.40 begins pagination in pencil, Western numerals, presumably supplied during digitization ; leaves left blank or partially blank between sections.


Written mainly in 11 lines per page.


Ruqʻah ; careful, compact 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 somewhat careless and in strokes rather than distinct dots.


Text executed entirely in red ink.


Machine wove paper of two different types, one beige in color, the other medium cream.


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 المظاهر للشيرازي | 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. 114


Lacks dated scribal 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 numbers, "Ex Libris | J. Heyworth-Dunne | D. Lit. (London) | No. 7909 | No. 7910" ; UM Library inscription on p.3 "Dunning | Heyworth-Dunne | 6-13-51 | 71955" ; possible former inventory mark in pencil "231 / 53" on opening leaf (p.1) ; several marginal glosses in a dark red-brown ink.

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. 2Ṣadr al-Dīn Shīrāzī, Muḥammad ibn Ibrāhīm. al-Maẓāhir al-ilāhīyah. Ed. Jalāl al-Dīn Āshtiyānī. Mashhad, 1961.

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

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