Isl. Ms. 1000


Kashf al-wujūh al-ghurr li-maʻānī Naẓm al-durr :sharḥ Tāʼīyat Ibn al-Fāriḍ al-kubrá al-mushtahirah bi-Naẓm al-sulūk,[193-?].كشف الوجوه الغر لمعاني نظم الدر :شرح تائية ابن الفارض الكبرى المشتهرة بنظم السلوك,[193-م?].


Kāshānī, Maḥmūd ibn ʻAlī,d. 1334 or 5.كاشاني، محمود بن علي.

Place/Date of Production:



18 leaves :paper ;167 x 115 mm. bound to 175 x 120 mm.


Careful though incomplete copy of the commentary by ʻIzz al-Dīn al-Kāshānī (d.1334) on Ibn al-Fāriḍ's (d.1235) Naẓm al-sulūk or al-Tāʼīyah al-kubrá, followed by opening excerpts from ʻUqlat al-mustawfiz of Ibn ʻArabī (d.1240).

Other Title(s):

Kashf al-wujūh al-ghurr li-maʻānī Naẓm al-durr.Selectionsكشف الوجوه الغر لمعاني نظم الدر.مختاراتTitle from inscription on 'title page' (p.1):شرح تائية ابن الفارضابن الفارضʻAqlat al-mustawfiz


Sufism--Doctrines--Early works to 1800.
Sufi poetry, Arabic--History and criticism--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Ibn al-Fāriḍ, ʻUmar ibn ʻAlī,--1181 or 2-1235.--Naẓm al-sulūk.




Ms. codex.
Title from rubricated heading at opening on p.2.


[Kashf al-wujūh al-ghurr] "الحمد لله الذي فلق بقدرته صبح الوجود عن دليلا وفتق بحكمته رتق الجمع في عين القدم ... اما بعد فمما شاع بين الناس ذكره وذاع امره ان انفع العلوم وارفعها بل صفاوتها ونقاوتها علم التوحيد ..." ; [ʻUqlat al-mustawfiz] "الحمد لله الواجب الذي افتتح وجود السوى بالارواح المهيمة المخلوقة بل المبدعة من فيض السبحات ..."


[Kashf al-wujūh al-ghurr] "والتشبيه والاتحاد والحلول ومحوها كلها تدل على كثرة ما" ; [ʻUqlat al-mustawfiz] "بين الهواء والتراب وجعل الهواء بين الماء والنار صف ٨٧ باب النكاح والتوالد ٩٤ باب نشاة الانسان الاول"


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1. p.1-p.31 : Kashf al-wujūh al-ghurr li-maʻānī Naẓm al-durr / ʻIzz al-Dīn Maḥmūd ibn ʻAlī al-Kāshānī.
2. p.32-p.36 : [opening excerpts from ʻUqlat al-mustawfiz] / Ibn ʻArabī.

Physical Details:

i, IV (8), III (14), II (18), i ; Pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization.


Written in 15-30 lines per page.


Naskh with influence of ruqʻah ; modern hand in a medium line ; partially but irregularly seriffed with effect of tilt to the left, slight effect of words descending to baseline, curvilinear descenders, open and closed counters, pointing in strokes or conjoined dots (typically oriented vertically), final yāʼ usually unpointed ; some passages in ruqʻah (see p.33 and p.36).


Headings rubricated.


Lined / ruled wove paper, dark cream in color.


Boards covered in black textured cloth ; pastedowns and flyleaves in wove paper printed with a geometric pattern (resembling a scale pattern) in a light brown / dull gold color ; cover gold-stamped with "ابن الفارض" ; sewn in cream thread over two recessed cords ; overall in fairly good condition.

Former Shelfmarks:

Mich. Isl. Ms. temp. no. 149


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. 8428" ; UM Library inscription at opening on p.2 "Dunning | Heyworth-Dunne | 6-12-51 | 71955."

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

05--Ibn al-ʻArabī,--1165-1240.--ʻUqlat al-mustawfiz.--Selections.
05--ابن العربي.--عقلة المستوفز.--مختارات.
ʻAqlat al-mustawfiz


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Former Owner(s):

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

In Collection:

Heyworth-Dunne Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,I 262 (6/1. Cmt. c) ; S I 462 ff.Brockelmann, C. GAL,I 442 (no. 25)Ibn al-ʻArabī. Rasāʼil Ibn ʻArabī : al-Quṭb wa-al-nuqabāʼ wa-ʻAqlat al-mustawfiz wa-risālat al-anwār wa-al-Tadbīrāt al-Ilāhīyah wa-rasāʼil urkhrá, ed. Saʻīd ʻAbd al-Fattāḥ. (Bayrūt : al-Intishār al-ʻArabī, 2002),62 ff.

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

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