Isl. Ms. 971


Sifr fī al-rubūbīyāt,[193-?].سفر في الربوبيات,[193-م?].


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84 leaves :paper ;164 x 102 mm. bound to 170 x 108 mm.


Careful copy of what appears to be an abridgment of the first fann of Mullā Ṣadrā Shīrāzī's (d.1641) al-Mabdaʼ wa-al-maʻād (compare Isl. Mss. 979, 980 and 965).

Other Title(s):

سفر في الربوبيات


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




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


"مقدمة حقيقة الانسان حقيقة جمعية وحدتها كوحدة العالم وحدة تأليفية ذات مراتب كثيرة من التجرد والتجسم ..."


"فاذا عرفت العناية الربانية في نفسك وبدنك فانظر الى الارض التي هي مقر جسدك ... قال وجاء ربك والملك وقال نزل الملائكة والروح فيها وعند هذا ... [؟] تعالى حسن الختام بجاه نبيه الوحيد عليه السلام آمين آمين آمين"


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Physical Details:

i, 5 IV(40), 2 VIII(72), VI (84), i ; chiefly quaternions ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization.


Written in 11-17 lines per page.


Ruqʻah ; quick, compact hand in a thin line ; serifless and freely ligatured with mainly closed counters, effect of inclination to the left and of words descending to baseline, pointing somewhat careless and in strokes rather than distinct dots, final yāʼ usually unpointed.


Text executed entirely in pencil ; a few instances of overlining in red.


Wove paper.


Boards covered in black textured cloth with black leather over spine (quarter binding) ; pastedowns and flyleaves in wove paper printed with a floral vegetal pattern in pink and green ; cover gold-stamped with "سفر في الربوبيات" ; sewn in white thread over two recessed cords ; overall in fairly good condition.

Former Shelfmarks:

Mich. Isl. Ms. temp. no. 120


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 7915" ; UM Library inscription on p.3 "Dunning | Heyworth-Dunne | 6-11-51 | 71955" ; occasional marginal corrections and glosses.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

01--Ṣadr al-Dīn Shīrāzī, Muḥammad ibn Ibrāhīm,--d. 1641.--Mabdaʼ wa-al-maʻād.--Abridgment.
01--صدر الدين شيرازي، محمد بن ابراهيم.--مبدأ والمعاد.--تلخيص


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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 589MacEoin, D. "Mullā Ṣadrā S̲H̲īrāzī Ṣadr al-Dīn Muḥammad b. Ibrāhīm Ḳawāmī S̲h̲īrāzī." In EI2,vol. VII, p.547, col. 2Ṣadr al-Dīn Muḥammad ibn Ibrāhīm Shīrāzī. al-Mabdaʻ wa-al-maʻād. edited by Jalāl al-Dīn Āshtiyānī. [Tehran] : Anjuman-i Shāhanshāhī-i Falsafah-ʾi Īrān, 1976.

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

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