Isl. Ms. 980


[Talkhīṣ al-Mabdaʼ wa-al-maʻād,193-?].[تلخيص كتاب المبدأ والمعاد193-م?].


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48 leaves :paper ;168 x 120-135 mm. bound to 175 x 141 mm.


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

Other Title(s):

Title from inscription on 'title page' (p.1):المبدأ والمعادMabdaʼ wa-al-maʻādمبدأ والمعاد


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




Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloguer.


"اللهم صل على نقطة مركز باء الدائرة الاولية وسر اسرار الالف القطبية ... مقدمة قال حجة الاسلام ابو محمد الغزالي ان لجناب الحق صدر وفي مقدمة الصدر مجال وميدان رحب وعلى اول الميدان عتبة ... لهذا كله وجب علينا قبل الشروع في الربوبيات تقديم مقدمة مشتملة على بيان الحقيقة الانسانية وما فيها من العوالم اجمالا فنقول حقيقة الانسان حقيقة جمعية وحدتها كوحدة العالم وحدة تأليفية ذات مراتب كثيرة من التجرد والتجسم والصفاء والكدورة والنور والظلم ..."


"وكما ان ذاته تعالى مبدأ ... للاشياء بنفس ذاته كذلك علمه فهو جل وعز علم بجميع الموجودات"


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Physical Details:

Cathwords present ; pages between two main sections left blank (see pp.48-49) ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization.


Written in 9-11 lines per page.


Ruqʻah ; quick, compact hand in a thin 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 almost entirely in red ink.


Machine wove paper of two different types, both sturdy, cream in color.


Boards covered in black textured cloth ; pastedowns and flyleaves in wove paper printed with a geometric pattern (resembling a scale pattern) in olive green or dull gold ; cover gold-stamped with "المبدأ والمعاد" ; stab sewn in white thread, tightly bound (gatherings difficult to discern and second section perhaps simply composed of individual leaves rather than gatherings of bifolia), some leaves loose ; overall in fairly good condition.

Former Shelfmarks:

Mich. Isl. Ms. temp. no. 129


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. 7924" ; UM Library inscription on p.3 "Dunning | Heyworth-Dunne | 6-13-51 | 71955" ; some marginal 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 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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