Isl. Ms. 993


Miftāḥ ghayb al-jamʻ wa-al-wujūd,[193-?].مفتاح غيب الجمع والوجود,[193-م?].


Ṣadr al-Dīn al-Qūnawī, Muḥammad ibn Isḥāq,d. 1273 or 4.صدر الدين القونوي، محمد بن إسحاق

Place/Date of Production:



186 leaves :paper ;212 x 155-168 mm. bound to 221 x 178 mm.


Careful copy of Ṣadr al-Dīn al-Qūnawī’s (d.1274) chief philosophical work, extensively glossed, with preface from Muḥammad ibn Ḥamzah al-Fanārī’s commentary Miṣbāḥ al-uns bayna al-maʻqūl wa-al-mashhūd.

Other Title(s):

مفتاح غيب الجمع والوجود


Islamic philosophy--Early works to 1800.
God (Islam)--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Ṣadr al-Dīn al-Qūnawī, Muḥammad ibn Isḥāq,--d. 1273 or 4.--Miftāḥ ghayb al-Jamʻ wa-al-wujūd.




Ms. codex.
Title from inscription on 'title page' (p.1) and rubricated heading at opening on p.2.


[Miftāḥ ghayb al-jamʻ wa-al-wujūd] "اللهم احمد نفسك عمن امرته ان يتخذك وكيلا حمدا عائدا منك اليك متحدا بك لا منقسما ولا مفصولا ... وبعد فالعلوم منها امهات اصلية" ; [Miṣbāḥ al-uns] "سبحانك اللهم وبحمدك حمدا يرتضيه ذاتك الذي لا يحوم حول عزه الاحمى ذكر ولا عبارة ..."


[Miftāḥ ghayb al-jamʻ wa-al-wujūd] "والصون الذي بين يديها فمن [وفق] في فعل او قول فانت الذي وفقته وسددته"


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Physical Details:

i, 7 II(28), 3 IV(52), V (62), IV (80), 7 II(98), 7 IV(154), V (164), III (170), 2 IV(186), i ; chiefly binions and quaternions ; quire numbering in the form of Hindu-Arabic numerals in pencil in the lower margin of the opening recto of almost every gathering ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization.


Written mainly in 9-13 lines per page with gloss in varying number of lines in the margins.


Naskh ; elegant modern hand in a medium line ; partially but irregularly seriffed with effect of tilt to the left, curvilinear descenders, many open counters, pointing in conjoined dots, final yāʼ usually left unpointed, fully vocalized in some sections ; glosses and closing portions of the matn in ruqʻah.


Headings, keywords, symbols, vocalization and glosses rubricated.


Machine laid and wove paper of several types ; opening and later sections (mainly pp.2-56, 141-172) in a machine laid paper with watermarks of arms / scrollwork with seated Britannia under crown (see pp.2, 141, 156, etc.) and "HERTFORDSHIRE MILLS" (see pp.20, 143, etc.) ; other sections on a ruled wove paper (see pp.57-104, 311-340) ; still other sections (see pp.107-140,217-224, 341-372) in a machine wove type with watermarks (in a few instances seeming embossed, see p.114, etc.) of what appears to be a head portrait (bordered in branches with a ribbon) and tuğra / ṭughrā of the sultan ; pp.245-292 in still another type with watermark of "GOUVERNEMENT EGYPTIEN" with star and crescent at center and other smaller crescents with three stars (see pp.246, 258, 262, etc. and compare Walz, "The Paper trade of Egypt and the Sudan," p.91).


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 "مفتاح غيب الجمع والوجود | J.H.D." ; sewn in white thread over three recessed cords ; stuck-on endbands (blue and white stripe) ; overall in fairly good condition.

Former Shelfmarks:

Mich. Isl. Ms. temp. no. 142


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. 7937" ; UM Library inscription on p.3 "Dunning | Heyworth-Dunne | 6-11-51 | 71955" ; possible former inventory mark "231/53" on verso of final leaf (p.372) ; extensive glosses.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

04--Fanārī, Muḥammad ibn Ḥamzah,--1350 or 51-1430 or 31.--Miṣbāḥ al-uns.--Selections.
04--فاناري, محمد بن حمزة,--مصباح الانس.--مختارات.


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Former Owner(s):

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

In Collection:

Heyworth-Dunne Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,I 449 ; S I 807Walz, 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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