Isl. Ms. 991


Majmūʻah diʻāʼīyah min taʼlīf al-Mīrzā ʻAbbās lil-Bahāʼ,[193-?].مجموعة دعائية من تأليف الميرزا عباس للبهاء,[193-م?].


ʻAbduʼl-Bahá,1844-1921.عبد البها.

Place/Date of Production:



103 leaves :paper ;215 x 130 (155 x 80) mm. bound to 222 x 145 mm.


Careful copy of a selection of Bahai tracts. Contents listing at opening (see pp.5-10).

Other Title(s):

Title from heading of table contents at opening (p.5):مجموع من الالواح العهدية السنيةمجموعة دعايةالواح حضرة عبد البهاء


Bahai Faith--Doctrines.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.




Ms. codex.
Title from inscription on p.1.


"هو الله قال الله تعالى حتى اذا بلغ مغرب الشمس وجدها تغرب في عين حمئة الآية يا أيها الناظر الى ملكوت الابهى اعلم بان في هذه الآية المباركة والرنة الملكوتية والنعمة اللاهوتية والحقيقة الروحية لايات المتبصرين وآثارا للشاهدين فانظر الى ان ذلك العالم البصير ..."


"فليس لمعانيها بداية ولا نهاية والروح والبهاء على اهل الهداية والسلام ع ع"


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Physical Details:

Pages between sections left blank, some serving as 'title pages' (see pp.103, 149, 173) ; internal pagination (each section) in pencil or ink, Hindu-Arabic numerals ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (skips two pages between pp.7-8).


Written mainly in 17 lines per page.


Naskh with influence of ruqʻah ; modern hand in a narrow line ; mainly serifless with effect of tilt to the left, slight effect of words descending to baseline, curvilinear descenders, pointing in strokes or conjoined dots (sometimes oriented vertically), final yāʼ usually unpointed.


Headings and keywords rubricated ; opening contents listing executed entirely in red ink.


Machine laid and wove papers of a few types ; following contents listing a machine laid type with watermark of crown / scepter with "BRITISH STANDARD" (see pp.28, 30, etc.) ; another machine laid type with watermark "PAPETERIE DE RENAGE" (see pp.112, 114, 116) ; another type, machine wove with watermark "Alex. Pirie & Sons | EXTRA STRONG" (see p.124, 140).


Boards covered in dark green cloth with dark green leather over spine (quarter binding) ; pastedowns and flyleaves in wove paper printed with a floral vegetal pattern in green ; spine gold-stamped with title and decorative accents over raised bands "مجموعة دعاية للبهاء | J.H.D." ; sewing difficult to examine ; stuck-on endbands (blue and white stripe) ; overall in fairly good condition, though with curvature in boards (negative draw in upper cover, positive draw in lower cover).

Former Shelfmarks:

Mich. Isl. Ms. temp. no. 140


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. 7935" ; UM Library inscription on p.7 "Dunning | Heyworth-Dunne | 6-11-51 | 71955" ; possible former inventory mark "231/55" on verso of final leaf (p.204) ; occasional marginal corrections and 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,S II 847

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

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