Isl. Ms. 975


Mulakhkhaṣ muʻẓam mā kutiba ʻalá al-Hayākil al-nūrīyah al-Suhrawardīyah,[193-?].ملخص معظم ما كتب على الهياكل النورية السهروردية,[193-م?].


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30 leaves :paper ;224 x 178 mm. bound to 233 x 184 mm.


Careful copy of a concise selection of commentaries on Shihāb al-Dīn Yaḥyá ibn Ḥabash al-Suhrawardī’s (d.1191) Hayākil al-nūr, opening with excerpts from Jalāl al-Dīn al-Dawānī's (d.1502 or 3) Shawākil al-ḥūr.

Other Title(s):

تلخيص شروح هياكل النور


Sufism--Doctrines--Early works to 1800.
Ishrāqīyah--Early works to 1800.
Islamic philosophy--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Suhrawardī, Yaḥyá ibn Ḥabash,--1152 or 3-1191.--Hayākil al-nūr.




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


"يا من نصب رايات آيات قدرته على كواهل هياكل الممكنات واودع اسرار حكمته فى قوابل شواكل الكائنات ..."


"اي من الحواس الباطنة القوة الفكرية المرتبة في البطن الاوسط من الدماغ وهي التي بها التركيب والتفصيل والاستنباط"


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Physical Details:

Pagination in black ink, Hindu-Arabic numerals ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization.


Written mainly in 33-41 lines per page.


Naskh with influence of ruqʻah ; compact modern hand in a thin to medium line ; serifless and freely ligatured with effect of inclination to the left, curvilinear descenders, pointing in strokes rather than distinct dots, final yāʼ usually unpointed.


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Wove 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 "تلخيص شروح هياكل النور | السهروردى | J.H.D." ; sewing difficult to examine ; stuck-on endbands (blue and white stripe) ; overall in fairly good condition.

Former Shelfmarks:

Mich. Isl. Ms. temp. no. 124


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. 7919" ; UM Library inscription on p.3 "Dunning | Heyworth-Dunne | 6-13-51 | 71955" ; possible former inventory mark in pencil on verso of final leaf (p.60) "231 / 53" ; a few interlinear corrections in same black ink.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

05--Dawwānī, Muḥammad ibn Asʻad,--1426 or 7-1512 or 13.--Shawākil al-ḥūr.--Selections.
05--دواني، محمد بن اسعد.--شواكل الحور.--مختارات.


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Former Owner(s):

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

In Collection:

Heyworth-Dunne Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,I 437 ; II 217Lambton, A.K.S. "al-Dawānī, Muḥammad b. Asʿad Ḏj̲alāl al-Dīn." In EI2,vol.II, p.173, col.1

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

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