Isl. Ms. 981


Talkhīṣ al-Shifāʼ al-ḥikmī,[193-?].تخليص الشفاء الحكمي,[193-م?].


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39 leaves :paper ;221 x 145 mm. bound to 228 x 150 mm.


Carefuly copy of an abridgement of Fann 12 of Ibn Sīnā’s (d.1037) Kitāb al-Shifāʼ on al-Ḥikmah al-Ilāhīyah, attributed on the 'title pages' for the various sections to the anonymous "ا ع", copyist of Isl. Mss. 905, 910, 937, 988, 998, and likely Isl. Ms. 929.

Other Title(s):

شفاء الحكمي


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




Ms. codex.
Title from inscription on 'title page' for each section (pp.1, 33, and 67).


"الحمد لله رب العالمين صلاته على النبي محمد وآله الاكرمين اجمعين اما بعد فهذا تلخيص وتخليص الفن الثاني عشر من كتاب الشفاء الحكمي لابي علي الرئيس ابن سينا ذلك الفن الذي هو في الحكمة الالهية المشروع فيها بعد الانتهاء من الحكمة الطبيعية والرياضية والمنطقية ..."


"عدم قبول التشكلات او قبولها بعسر او بسهولة"


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Physical Details:

i, VIII (16), IX (34), IV-3 (39), i ; pages left blank between sections (which correspond to gatherings), some serving as 'title pages' (see pp.32-33, 66-67) ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (skips two pages between pp.53-54).


Written in 11-13 lines per page.


Ruqʻah ; quick, compact hand in a 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 almost entirely in blue ink with occasional gloss rubricated.


Machine wove paper, sturdy, beige in color.


Boards covered in textured black cloth with black leather over spine (quarter binding) ; pastedowns and flyleaves in wove paper printed with a floral vegetal pattern in pink and green ; spine gold-stamped with title and decorative accents over raised bands "الشفاء الحكمي" ; sewn in white thread over two recessed cords ; overall in fairly good condition with minor abrasion to spine leather.

Former Shelfmarks:

Mich. Isl. Ms. temp. no. 130


Lacks dated scribal colophon ; likely copied in Egypt in the late 1930s and eventually bound for James Heyworth-Dunne (d.1974). As appears on the 'title page' for the latter two sections (pp. 33, and 67), copied (and perhaps abridged) by the anonymous "ا ع" who has identified himself as the copyist of other manuscripts eventually bound for James Heyworth-Dunne (d.1974), see Isl. Ms. 905, Isl. Ms. 910, Isl. Ms. 937, Isl. Ms. 988, Isl. Ms. 998 and likely Isl. Ms. 929.

Ownership and History:

On upper pastedown label with ex libris of James Heyworth-Dunne (d.1974), stamped with inventory numbers, "Ex Libris | J. Heyworth-Dunne | D. Lit. (London) | No. 7925" ; UM Library inscription on p.3 "Dunning | Heyworth-Dunne | 6-13-51 | 71955" ; occasional glosses.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

05--Avicenna,--980-1037.--Shifāʼ.--Fann 12.--Abridgement.
05--ابن سينا.--شفاء.--فن 12.--تلخيص.


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Former Owner(s):

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

Related Works:


In Collection:

Heyworth-Dunne Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,I 452 ff. ; S I 816

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

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