Isl. Ms. 973


[Talkhīṣ Tahdhīb al-akhlāq wa-taṭhīr al-aʻrāq,193-?].[تلخيص تهذيب الاخلاق وتطهير الاعراق،193-م?].


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99 leaves :paper ;171 x 105 mm. bound to 178 x 112 mm.


Careful copy of an abridgment (perhaps by the copyist) of Abū ʻAlī Aḥmad ibn Muḥammad Miskawayh’s (d. 1030) treatise on ethics, Tahdhīb al-akhlāq wa-taṭhīr al-aʻrāq.

Other Title(s):

Title from inscription on added 'title page' (inner flyleaf, p.1).كتاب الطهارة والتهذيبKitāb al-Ṭahārah wa-al-tahdhībTitle from inscription on 'title page' (p.3):فن تهذيب الاخلاقطهارة والتهذيب


Islamic ethics--Early works to 1800.
Muslims--Conduct of life--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.




Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloguer from close on p.199.


"اللهم انا نتوجه اليك ونسعي نحوك ونجاهد نفوسنا في طاعتك ونركب الصراط المستقيم الذي نهجته لنا الى مرضاتك ... وبعد فالغرض من وضع هذه الرسالة ان نبين الاخلاق التي هي اسباب السعادة ..."


"شفاءها بالاستنباط مما قد ذكرناه والله يتولي هداه وليكن هذا اخر ما اردنا تلخيصه من متن تهذيب الاخلاق وتطهير الاعراق والسلام على من اتبع الهدى آمين"


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Physical Details:

ii, IV (8), 2 VI(32), VIII (48), X+1 (69), VIII (85), VII (99), ii ; pages between sections (corresponding mainly to gatherings) left blank, with some serving as 'title pages' (see pp.19, 43, 67, 99, 141, 173) ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes inner flyleaves).


Written in 10-16 lines per page.


Ruqʻah ; quick, compact hand in thin to bold line (line thickness changes) ; 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.


Text executed entirely in red ink.


Wove paper both lined / ruled and unruled ; inner flyleaves in laid 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 "الطهارة والتهذيب | ابن مسكويه| J.H.D." ; sewn in white thread over two recessed cords ; stuck-on endbands (blue and white stripe) ; overall in fairly good condition.

Former Shelfmarks:

Mich. Isl. Ms. temp. no. 122


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. 7917" ; UM Library inscription on p.5 "Dunning | Heyworth-Dunne | 6-13-51 | 71955" ; numerous glosses as well as marginal and interlinear corrections in red ink and pencil.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

07--Ibn Miskawayh, Aḥmad ibn Muḥammad,--d. 1030.--Tahdhīb al-akhlāq.--Abridgment
07--ابن مسكويه، احمد بن محمد.--تهذيب الاخلاق.--تلخيص


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Former Owner(s):

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

In Collection:

Heyworth-Dunne Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,I 342 ; S I 582 ff.

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

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