Isl. Ms. 969


Risālah fī al-nafs,[193-?].رسالة في النفس،[193-م?].


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16 leaves :paper ;166 x 103 mm. bound to 173 x 108 mm.


Careful copy (despite lacking preamble) of a philosophical treatise on the soul, or perhaps an abridgment thereof, arranged in four parts. Attributed on the 'title page' of the fourth section to al-Ṭūsī (d.1274), but seemingly not his Risālat Baqāʼ al-nafs baʻda al-fanāʼ.

Other Title(s):

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Soul--Early works to 1800.
Future life--Islam--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.




Ms. codex.
Title from inscription on opening 'title page' (p.1).


"ان وجود النفس الانسانية امر فطري لأنها معلومة لكل انسان بالعلم الحضوري والكاسب والمكتسب هو العلم الحصولي ..."


"اما الابرار فيشتركون في دوام البقاء بلا فناء وفي المعرفة الكاملة والعلم التام فيكون ذلك منتهى لذتهم وانسهم بربهم ولله الحمد رب العالمين"


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Physical Details:

i, 4 II(16), i ; exclusively binions ; pages between sections (corresponding to gatherings) left blank, some serving as 'title pages' (see pp.9, 17, 25) ; final leaves also left blank ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, presumably supplied during digitization.


Written in 14-17 lines per page.


Ruqʻah ; careful, compact modern hand initially in a medium to bold line, in final section in a thinner 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, final yāʼ usually unpointed.


Text executed entirely in red ink.


Machine wove paper, sturdy, beige 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 "رسالة في النفس" ; sewn in white thread over two recessed cords ; overall in fairly good condition.

Former Shelfmarks:

Mich. Isl. Ms. temp. no. 118


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 number, "Ex Libris | J. Heyworth-Dunne | D. Lit. (London) | No. 7914" ; UM Library inscription on p.3 "Dunning | Heyworth-Dunne | 6-13-51 | 71955" ; occasional corrections.

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,I 508 ; S I 924-33 ; S III 1245-7

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

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