Isl. Ms. 997


Kitāb ʻIlm al-yaqīn,[193-?].كتاب علم اليقين,[193-م?].


Fayḍ al-Kāshī, Muḥammad ibn Murtaḍá,1598 or 9-1680 or 81.فيض الكاشى ، محمد بن مرتضى.

Place/Date of Production:



112 leaves :paper ;171 x 107 mm. bound to 179 x 115 mm.


Careful copy of selections from ʻIlm al-yaqīn, the work on mystical philosophy by Muḥsin-i Fayz̤-i Kāshānī (d.1679) known as Mullā Muḥsin, a student of Mullā Ṣadrā Shīrāzī (d.1641).

Other Title(s):

ʻIlm al-yaqīn fī uṣūl al-dīn.Selectionsعلم اليقين في اصول الدين.مختاراتSubtitle from inscription in pencil on opening 'title page' (p.1):مجموعة رسائل في فلسفة التكوين والعمران وغير ذلك من ابحاث قيمةTitle from inscription on insert (paginated pp.225-6):علم اليقينعلم اليقين


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




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


"شرف العلم بشرف موضوعه فأشرف العلوم علم التوحيد لكون موضوعه ذات الله سبحانه وصفاته وبعبارة اخرى ووجه اعلى هو الموجود بما هو موجود ..."


"والاسمى حقيقا والنية بينها كالنية بين المطر والثلج"


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Physical Details:

i, III (6), I (8), IV (16), 2 I(20), IV+I (30), 5 IV(70), VI (82), 3 IV(106), III (112), i ; chiefly quaternions ; pages between sections (mainly corresponding to gatherings though with a few constituting multiple gatherings) left blank with some carrying section titles in pencil (see pp.33, 41, 181, 213) ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes insert).


Written mainly in 17 lines per page.


Ruqʻah ; quick, compact hand in a medium line ; serifless and freely ligatured with effect of inclination to the left and of words descending to baseline, mainly closed counters, pointing somewhat careless and in strokes rather than distinct dots, final yāʼ usually unpointed.


Text almost entirely executed in a pinkish-red ink (only pp.143-149 in a brownish-black ink).


Sturdy machine wove paper.


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 "علم اليقين ملا محسن العوالم | J.H.D." ; sewn in white thread over two recessed cords ; stuck-on endbands (blue and white stripe) ; overall in fairly good condition with minor abrasion and slight spine slant.

Accompanying Materials:

Slip at close with inscription "علم اليقين ملا محسن العوالم" likely to note how the spine should be stamped (paginted pp.225-226).

Former Shelfmarks:

Mich. Isl. Ms. temp. no. 146


Lacks dated scribal 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. 7941" ; 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,S II 584 ; II 413

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

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