Isl. Ms. 982


Sifr fī al-nafs wa-baqāʼihā,[193-?].سفر في النفس وبقاؤها,[193-م?].


Ṣadr al-Dīn Shīrāzī, Muḥammad ibn Ibrāhīm,d. 1641.صدر الدين شيرازي، محمد بن ابراهيم.

Place/Date of Production:



68 leaves :paper ;165 x 104 mm. bound to 172 x 110 mm.


Careful copy of what appears to be a selection of excerpts from Mullā Ṣadrā Shīrāzī’s (d.1641) al-Ḥikmah al-mutaʻālīyah fī al-asfār al-ʻaqlīyah al-arbaʻah or al-Asfār al-arbaʻah, on the soul.

Other Title(s):

Asfār al-arbaʻah fī al-ḥikmah.Selectionsاسفار الاربعة في الحكمة.مختاراتنفس وبقاؤها


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




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


"هذا سفر في النفس وبقؤها ومشتمل على فصول فصل النفس الانسانية كلمة نورية وذات روحانية وشعلة ملكوتية لا تموت بموت البدن ..."


"فلما كان نفسه الناطقة التي هي من عالم النور ... المعاني نازلة الى عالم الصور بعد جوازة عالم الافلاك المشتملة على النسب الشريفة العددية الايقاعية والنغمية التذ برؤية الانوار واستماع النفمات المترنمة هذا ملخص الجواب على وجه الاجاملي"


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Physical Details:

i, II (4), 8 IV(68), i ; almost exclusively quaternions ; catchwords present ; pages between sections (which correspond to gatherings) left blank, some serving as 'title pages' (see pp.9, 25, 41, 57, 73, 89, 105, 121) ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization.


Written mainly in 13 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 entirely in pencil.


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 olive green or dull gold ; cover gold-stamped with "النفس وبقاؤها" ; sewn in white thread over two recessed cords ; overall in fairly good condition.

Former Shelfmarks:

Mich. Isl. Ms. temp. no. 131


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. 7926" ; UM Library inscription on p.3 "Dunning | Heyworth-Dunne | 6-13-51 | 71955" ; some marginal glosses.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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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. 2

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

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