Isl. Ms. 968


[Kashf al-asrār ʻan mā khafiya ʻan al-afkār ...etc.,193-?].[كشف الاسرار عن ما خفي عن الافكار ... الخ,193-م?].


Baháʼuʼlláh,1817-1892.بهاء الله.

Place/Date of Production:



42 leaves :paper ;165 x 102 mm. bound to 172 x 108 mm.


Careful copy of a small collection (majmūʻah) of Bahai works namely Jawāhir al-asrār fī maʻārij al-asfār, a concise treatise by Baháʼuʼlláh (Bahāʼ Allāh), Mīrzā Ḥusayn ʻAlī Nūrī (d.1892), flanked by Kashf al-asrār ʻammā khafiya ʻan al-afkār, in incomplete from at the opening of the codex and then apprently repeated at the close under the title Lawḥ min al-Nuqṭah al-ūlá, possibly also of Baháʼuʼlláh.

Other Title(s):

كشف الاسرار عما خفي عن الافكاركشف الاسرارJawāhir al-asrār fī maʻārij al-asfārجواهر الاسرار في معارج الاسفارLawḥ min al-nuqṭah al-ūláلوح من النقطة الاولى


Bahai Faith.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.




Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloguer from inscription on 'title page' for opening work (p.1).


[Kashf al-asrār] "بحمد ربنا العلي الاعلى الحمد لله الذي اظهر الشمس بقدرته والاح النور بقوته واطلع الوجه من قمص الامر بحكمته ..." ; [Jawāhir al-asrār] "هو العلي الاعلى يا ايها السالك في سبيل العدل والناظر الى طلعة الفضل قد بلغ كتابك وعرفت سؤالك سمعت لحنات قلبك في سرادق فؤادك ..." ; [Lawḥ min al-nuqṭah al-ūlá ] "لوح من النقطة الاولى الحمد لله الذي اظهر الشمس بقدرته والاح النور بقوته واطلع الوجه من قمص الامر بحكمته ..."


[Kashf al-asrār] "وجواهر العلم المخزونة المصونة وانه في ظاهره يحكي عن معنى" ; [Jawāhir al-asrār] "واذا جاء روح القدس المعزي الذي يرسله ربي باسمي فهو يعلمكم كل شيء ويذكركم كل ما قلت لكم" ; [Lawḥ min al-nuqṭah al-ūlá] "وقد اطلعت على مغزاه وزبدته ولا من مبشرة الا بعثت بها اليك انتهت هذه الريحانة التي اقتطفناها من باقة لوح من الواح النقطة الاولى الناظمة في عقدها كل معنى ثمين ومبحث سمين والله مهدي من يشاء الى صراط اليقين وهو حسبنا ونعم الامين ... الضمين"


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1. p.1-p.40 : Kashf al-asrār ʻammā khafiya ʻan al-afkār / Baháʼuʼlláh [?].
2. p.41-p.52 : Jawāhir al-asrār fī maʻārij al-asfār / Baháʼuʼlláh.
3. p.53-p.84 : Lawḥ min al-Nuqṭah al-ūlá [or Kashf al-asrār ʻammā khafiya ʻan al-afkār] / Baháʼuʼlláh [?].

Physical Details:

i, 3 V(30), 3 II(42), i ; quaternions and binions ; catchwords present ; pagination in black ink, Hindu-Arabic numerals (distinct for each work) ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization.


Written in 15, 11-14, 11, and 15-21 lines per page ; some sections frame-ruled (see p.42 and following).


Naskh ; two main modern hands, though possibly supplied by the same copyist ; opening and final works in a careful, compact naskh in a medium to thin line, partially but irregularly seriffed with effect of tilt to the left, curvilinear descenders, pointing in strokes rather than distinct dots, final yāʼ usually unpointed ; middle work in a larger, bolder naskh, seriffed with right-sloping head-serifs mainly on lām, curvilinear descenders, pointing in strokes rather than distinct dots.


Some headings and keywords rubricated.


Machine laid and wove papers of a few different types ; opening type (pp.1-4, 17-20) machine laid, lined and with watermark of "GOUVERNEMENT EGYPTIEN" with star and crescent at center and other smaller crescents with three stars (see p.101 to close and compare Walz, "The Paper trade of Egypt and the Sudan," p.91) ; next type (pp.5-8, 13-16) also machine laid and lined but without watermark visible ; next type (pp.9-12, 21-40) a machine wove paper, brown in color, somewhat acidic ; finally (p.41 to close) still another machine wove type, cream in color.


Boards covered in black textured cloth ; pastedowns and flyleaves in wove paper printed with a geometric pattern (resembling a scale pattern) in dull gold ; cover gold-stamped with "كشف الاسرار" ; sewn in heavy white thread over two recessed cords ; overall in fairly good condition.

Former Shelfmarks:

Mich. Isl. Ms. temp. no. 117


Lacks dated colophon ; though possibly copied for James Heyworth-Dunne (d.1974), likely in Egypt in the late 1930s.

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. 7913" ; UM Library inscription on p.3 "Dunning | Heyworth-Dunne | 6-13-51 | 71955" ; marginal glosses.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

05--Baháʼuʼlláh,--1817-1892.--Jawāhir al-asrār.
05--بهاء الله.--جواهر الاسرار.
Jawāhir al-asrār fī maʻārij al-asfārجواهر الاسرار في معارج الاسفارLawḥ min al-nuqṭah al-ūláلوح من النقطة الاولى


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Former Owner(s):

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

In Collection:

Heyworth-Dunne Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,S II 847Walz, Terence. "The Paper trade of Egypt and the Sudan in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and its re-export to the Bilad as-Sudan." In The Trans-Saharan book trade: manuscript culture, Arabic literacy, and intellectual history in Muslim Africa. Graziano Krätli and Ghislaine Lydon, Eds. (Leiden : Brill, 2011):73-108.

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

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