Isl. Ms. 996


Sharḥ Hayākil al-nūr,[193-?].شرح هياكل النور,[193-م?].


Dawwānī, Muḥammad ibn Asʻad,1426 or 7-1512 or 13.دواني، محمد بن اسعد.

Place/Date of Production:



140 leaves :paper ;131-138 x 104 mm. bound to 146 x 115 mm.


Careful copy of the commentary by Jalāl al-Dīn Muḥammad ibn Asʻad al-Dawānī (d.1502 or 3) on Shihāb al-Dīn Yaḥyá ibn Ḥabash al-Suhrawardī's (d.1191) Hayākil al-nūr, with opening and then separate sections for the fourth, fifth , and sixth hayākil.

Other Title(s):

Shawākil al-ḥūrشواكل الحورTitle from opening on p.2:شواكل الحورشرح هياكل النور


Islamic philosophy--Early works to 1800.
Ishrāqīyah--Early works to 1800.
Sufism--Doctrines--Early works to 1800.
Islam--Doctrines--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Suhrawardī, Yaḥyá ibn Ḥabash,--1152 or 3-1191.--Hayākil al-nūr.




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


"يا من نصب رايات آيات قدرته على كواهل هياكل الممكنات واودع اسرار حكمته في قوابل شواكل الكائنات ... اما بعد فهذا ايها الذكي المتوقد شرح لهياكل النور يحاكي بحسن دقائقه شواكل الحور ..."


"جمع بطريق عموم المجاز اذ لا مؤثر في الحقيقة الا هو كما مر والله اعلم تمت انوار الهيكل الخامس من هياكل النور السهروردية بشرح الجلال الدواني الصديقي نورنا الله بانوار العلم والعرفان وتوجنا بتاج البهجة والبهاء والايقان انه سميع مجيب الدعوات مفيض الخير والبركات بل هو غاية الغايات ونهاية النهايات وتمام التمامات"


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Physical Details:

i, 7 IV(56), I (58), 2 V(78), VI (90), V (100), 2 IV(116), 4 (120), 2 V(140), i ; chiefly quaternions ; pagination in blue or black ink, Hindu-Arabic numerals, each section numbered distinctly ; pages between some sections left fully or partially blank (see pp.43-49, 115-117, 200-201) ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (pagination skips from 219 to 300, so is thereafter off by 80 pages).


Written in 13-16 lines per page.


Naskh with influence of ruqʻah ; modern hand in a medium to bold line ; mainly serifless with effect of tilt to the left, very slight effect of words descending to baseline, free assimilation of letters, curvilinear descenders, open and closed counters, pointing in strokes or conjoined dots (occasionally oriented vertically), final yāʼ usually unpointed ; some sections in ruqʻah.


Headings and keywords (often text being commented upon) rubricated ; otherwise text executed mainly in blue or black ink.


Machine wove paper of at least a few types, as well as machine laid paper with watermark of "GOUVERNEMENT EGYPTIEN" with star and crescent at center and other smaller crescents with three stars (see pp.117-122, 131-136, etc. and compare Walz, "The Paper trade of Egypt and the Sudan," p.91), and wove ledge / grid paper (see pp.123-130).


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 "شرح هياكل النور الاصفهانى | J.H.D." ; sewn in white thread over two recessed cords ; stuck-on endbands (blue and white stripe) ; overall in fairly good condition.

Former Shelfmarks:

Mich. Isl. Ms. temp. no. 145


Lacks dated scribal colophon ; likely copied in Egypt in the 1930s and bound for James Heyworth-Dunne (d.1974). Some sections perhaps copied earlier.

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. 7940" ; UM Library inscription on p.3 "Dunning | Heyworth-Dunne | 6-13-51 | 71955" ; possible former inventory mark "231/55" on verso of final leaf (p."360") ; occasional glosses and marginal corrections.

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 437 ; II 217Lambton, A.K.S. "al-Dawānī, Muḥammad b. Asʿad Ḏj̲alāl al-Dīn." In EI2,vol.II, p.173, col.1Walz, 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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