Isl. Ms. 984


Qawāʻid ṣūfīyah,[193-?].قواعد الصوفية,[193-م?].



Place/Date of Production:



54 leaves :paper ;162 x 108 mm. bound to 168 x 114 mm.


Careful copy of excerpts from Rawḍat al-ṭālibīn wa-ʻumdat al-sālikīn, a treatise on the principles of Ṣūfism attributed to the renowned al-Ghazālī (d.1111), attributed in an inscription penciled on the opening leaf (p.1) to Shihāb al-Dīn Aḥmad ibn Aḥmad Zarrūq al-Burnusī al-Fāsī (d.1493).

Other Title(s):

Rawḍat al-ṭālibīn wa-ʻumdat al-sālikīnروضة الطالبين وعمدة السالكينقواعد موفية [كذا]


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




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


"فصل اعلم ان الوقوف مع الخلق والنفس حجاب عن الحق ورؤية الافعال شرك لان افعال العباد مضافة الى الله تعالى خلقا وايجادا والى العبد كسبا ليثاب على الطعاة ويعاقب على المعصية ..."


"النفس وزين بالتقوى وايد بالهدى وهذب بالورع وغذي بالذكر والله تعالى اعلم"


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Physical Details:

i, 3 IV(24), III (30), 2 IV(46), 2 II(54), i ; chiefly quaternions ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization.


Written mainly in 16 lines per page.


Naskh with influence of ruqʻah ; compact, modern hand in a thin to medium line ; partially but irregularly seriffed with right-sloping head-serif on occasional lām, slight effect of tilt to the left, curvilinear descenders, open and closed counters, pointing somewhat in strokes rather than distinct dots, final yāʼ usually unpointed ; some passages in ruqʻah.


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Mainly lined / ruled wove paper, ledger style with a final gathering in machine laid paper with watermark of "GOUVERNEMENT EGYPTIEN" with star and crescent at center and other smaller crescents with three stars (see p.101 to close and compare Walz, "The Paper trade of Egypt and the Sudan," p.91).


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 "قواعد موفية [كذا]" ; sewn in white thread over two recessed cords ; overall in fairly good condition.

Former Shelfmarks:

Mich. Isl. Ms. temp. 133


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. 7928" ; UM Library inscription on p.3 "Dunning | Heyworth-Dunne | 6-13-51 | 71955" ; rare 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,I 424Abū Ḥāmid Muḥammad al-Ghazālī. Kitāb Rawḍat al-ṭālibīn wa-ʻumdat al-sālikīn. Edited by Muḥammad Bakhīt. Bayrūt : Dār al-Nahḍah al-Ḥadīthah, [1966].Walz, Terence. "The Paper trade of Egypt and the Sudan in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and its re-export to the Bilad as-Sudan." In The Trans-Saharan book trade: manuscript culture, Arabic literacy, and intellectual history in Muslim Africa. Graziano Krätli and Ghislaine Lydon, Eds. (Leiden : Brill, 2011):73-108.

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

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