Isl. Ms. 974


Madārik al-ʻulūm,[193-?].مدارك العلوم,[193-م?].


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75 leaves :paper ;211-250 x 168 mm. bound to 260 x 177 mm.


Careful copy of a philosophical treatise on logic (perhaps representing abridgment of another), lacking preamble and ending somewhat abruptly.

Other Title(s):

مدارك العلوم


Islamic philosophy.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.




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


"الغرض من المنطق التمييز بين الصدق والكذب في الاقوال والخير والشر في الافعال ..."


"والكون الى الدنيا حبالة الوهم التي يقود بها الناس الى حزن طويل بل خالد"


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Physical Details:

i, 5 IV(40), 2 V(60), VI (72), 3 (75), i ; chiefly quaternions ; pages between sections (corresponding to gatherings) left blank, some serving as section 'title pages' (see pp.17, 33, 47, 63, 79, 97, 117, 141) ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Hindu-Arabic numerals ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (mistakenly skips two pages between pp.39-40 and 95-96).


Written mainly in 10-15 lines per page.


Ruqʻah ; quick, compact hand in a medium to bold 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.


Text executed entirely in a pinkish-red ink.


Wove paper of at least three different types.


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 "مدارك العلوم | J.H.D." ; seemingly sewn over three recessed cords, tightly bound and difficult to examine ; stuck-on endbands (blue and white stripe) ; overall in fairly good condition.

Former Shelfmarks:

Mich. Isl. Ms. temp. no. 123


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. 7918" ; UM Library inscription on p.3 "Dunning | Heyworth-Dunne | 6-13-51 | 71955" ; some corrections and marginal glosses in red ink and pencil.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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Former Owner(s):

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

In Collection:

Heyworth-Dunne Collection.

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

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