Isl. Ms. 992


Risālat al-Mawlá Raslān fī ḥaqīqat al-tawḥīd,[193-?].رسالة المولى رسلان في حقيقة التوحيد,[193-م?].


Jaʻbarī, Arslān ibn Yaʻqūb,d. 1300.جعبري، ارسلان بن يعقوب.

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40 leaves :paper ;134 x 104 mm. bound to 140 x 108 mm.


Careful copy of what appears to be excerpts from the treatise by al-Shaykh Raslān, Arslān ibn Yaʻqūb al-Jaʻbarī (d.1300) on divine oneness, with some commentary.

Other Title(s):

Title from inscription on p.48:رسالة المولى رسلان في حقيقة التوحيد وهي خلاصة زبدة علوم علماء الكشف والعرفان والدراية والايقانرسالة المولى رسلان حقيقة التوحيد


Sufism--Doctrines--Early works to 1800.
Islam--Doctrines--Early works to 1800.
God (Islam)--Early works to 1800.
God--Simplicity--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.




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


"قال العارف بالله المولى رسلان في رسالة وضعها لبيان خلاصة التوحيد ما نصه كلك شرك خفي قال بعض الشراح كلك اي نفسك وا حوت وما اليها انتسب شرك خفي اي اثبات للغير منشاؤه الوهم والخيال ..."


"وما جعل عليكم في الدين من جرح ملة ابيكم ابراهيم هو سماكم المسلمين من قبل"


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Physical Details:

i, 5 IV(40), i ; possible quire number on p.80 (suggesting that gatherings are not in original order) ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization.


Written mainly in 9-11 lines per page.


Ruqʻah ; quick, compact hand in a medium to bold line (ink and line thickness changes, black to grey-blue, though appears to be same hand) ; serifless and freely ligatured with effect of inclination to the right and of words descending to baseline, mainly closed counters, pointing somewhat careless and in strokes rather than distinct dots, final yāʼ usually unpointed ; some passages in a large, fine naskh.


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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 "رسالة المولى رسلان حقيقة التوحيد" ; sewn in white thread over two recessed cords ; overall in fairly good condition.

Former Shelfmarks:

Mich. Isl. Ms. temp. no. 141


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. 7936" ; UM Library inscription on p.3 "Dunning | Heyworth-Dunne | 6-11-51 | 71955" ; 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 I 811Geoffroy, Eric. "Arslān al-Dimashqī, Shaykh."In EI3Geoffroy, Eric. Jihâd et contemplation. Vie et enseignement d'un soufi au temps des croisades ; suivi de la traduction de l'Epître sur l'unicité divine de cheikh Arslân. Beyrouth : Albouraq, 2003.

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

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