Isl. Ms. 979


al-Mabdaʼ wa-al-maʻād,[193-?].المبدأ والمعاد,[193-م?].


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27 leaves :paper ;213 x 168 mm. bound to 207 x 165 mm.


Careful copy of what appears to be the latter sections from an abridgment of Mullā Ṣadrā Shīrāzī's (d.1641) al-Mabdaʼ wa-al-maʻād, opening in al-Maqālah al-thālithah of al-Fann al-awwal (compare Isl. Mss. 980 and 965).

Other Title(s):

تلخيص المبدأ والمعادمبدأ والمعاد


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




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


"وانما القرب من الله جل وعلا بالعبد من صفات البهائم والسباع والشياطين ... المقصد الثاني في افعاله تعالى تشتمل هذه المقدمة على عدة تقسيمات الاول الموجودات الجوهرية ..."


"وهذا الروح هو الذي قوبل في الملائكة جميعهم في عدة آيات من الكتاب المجيد ... وقال تنزل الملائكة والروح وبه صلى الله عليه وسلم نختتم الكلام نسأل [؟] بجاه عند ذي الجلال والاكرام سائلين التوفيق والهداية الى طريق التحقيق آمين"


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Physical Details:

i, X (20), IV-1 (27), i ; one gathering of ten bifolia followed by an anomalous quaternion ; pages between sections (corresponding to gatherings) left blank, one serving as section 'title page' (see p.41) ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization.


Written mainly in 10-11 lines per page.


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


Text executed entirely in a pinkish-red ink.


Machine wove paper.


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 "المبدأ والمعاد" ; sewn in white thread over two recessed cords ; overall in fairly good condition.

Former Shelfmarks:

Mich. Isl. Ms. temp. no. 128


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. 7923" ; UM Library inscription on p.3 "Dunning | Heyworth-Dunne | 6-13-51 | 71955" ; a few marginal corrections.

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 588 ff.MacEoin, D. "Mullā Ṣadrā S̲H̲īrāzīṢadr 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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