Isl. Ms. 910


Thuyūlūjiyā Arīsṭū ay Fann al-tawḥīd al-ṣarīḥ min al-ʻilm al-ilāhī,[193-?].ثيولوجيا اريسطو اي فن التوحيد الصريح من العلم الالهي,[193-م؟].

Uniform Title:

Kitāb Uthūlūjiyā Arisṭāṭālis.كتاب اثولوجيا ارسطاطالس.


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Place/Date of Production:



117 leaves :paper ;257-300 x 165-225 mm. bound to 312 x 230 mm.


Careful copy of the Theology of Aristotle or Theologia Aristotelis, a work attributed to Aristotle but recognized to be an adapted translation of Plotinus' Enneades, IV-VI (collected and arranged by Porphyry). The text is arranged in eight sections not in consecutive order, opening with al-maymar al-thānī and closing with a reiteration of the muqaddimah and maymars 1-4 (see pp.181-222) followed by a fihrist (see pp.224-233).

Other Title(s):

Title from heading at opening of the muqaddimah on p.22:هذا كتاب اثولوجيا في الفن الربوبي من فنون ما بعد الطبيعةHādhā Kitāb Uthūlūjiyā fī al-fann al-rubūbī min funūn Mā baʻda al-ṭabīʻahTitle from section headings (p.21, 37, etc.):ثيولوجيا اريسطوThuyūlūjiyā ArīsṭūTitle from section heading on p.121:اثولوجياUthūlūjiyāثيولوجيا اريسطو


Philosophy, Ancient--Translations into Arabic--Early works to 1800.
Cosmology--Early works to 1800.
Neoplatonism--Early works to 1800.
Islamic philosophy--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Aristotle--Spurious and doubtful works.




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


"واما افلاطن الشريف الالهي فان قد وصف النفس فقال فيها اشياء كثيرة ... الميمر الثاني من كتاب اثولوجيا ... هذا كتاب اثولوجيا للفاضل المقدم اريسطو في الفن الربوبي من فنون ما بعد الطبيعة مقدمة جدير بكل ساع لمعرفة الغاية التي هو عائد اليها سعيا منبعثا ..."


"وان كان حسنا لم يعمل الا حسنا فان كان هذا على ما وصفنا وكانت الطبيعة"


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Physical Details:

Internal pagination for some sections in black ink, Hindu-Arabic numerals ; leaves between sections left blank or partially blank (to serve as title pages, see pp.1, 21, 37, 61, 89, 121, 153, 181, 224) ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes back flyleaf).


Written in 14-22 lines per page.


Ruqʻah and naskh ; ruqʻah in a quick, compact hand in a medium line, serifless and freely ligatured with mainly closed counters, slight effect of words descending to baseline and inclination to the left, pointing somewhat careless and in strokes rather than distinct dots ; final section (repeating the muqaddimah and maymar 1-4) in naskh, a clear, modern hand, partially but irregularly seriffed with right-sloping head-serif on odd lām, ṭāʼ, etc. and rounded with curvilinear descenders, freely ligatured, pointing in strokes rather than distinct dots, final yāʼ usually unpointed.


Some section headings, passages of text, glosses and abbreviation symbols (mainly signes de renvoi) rubricated ; some overlining in red.


Wove paper in at least three types and four different sizes (dimensions of the page roughly 287 x 205, 257 x 165, 300 x 225, 300 x 200 mm. as trimmed), unlined and lined.


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 "ثيولوجيا اريسطو | J.H.D." ; sewing difficult to examine ; stuck-on endbands (blue and white stripe) ; overall in fairly good condition.

Former Shelfmarks:

Mich. Isl. Ms. temp. no. 59


Lacks dated colophon ; likely copied in Egypt in the late 1930s and eventually bound for James Heyworth-Dunne (d.1974). As appears in 'title page' inscriptions on p.89 and p.121, the copyist has identified himself as "ا ع" as did the copyist in Isl. Ms. 937 (executed in 1934) and in Isl. Ms. 905 (executed in 1939), and still other manuscripts eventually bound for Heyworth-Dunne, see Isl. Mss. 937, Isl. Ms. 981, Isl. Ms. 988, Isl. Ms. 998 and likely Isl. Ms. 929.

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 7954" ; UM Library inscription on p.3 "Dunning | Heyworth-Dunne | 6-13-51 | 71955" ; possible former inventory mark in pencil on verso of final leaf of index (فهرست) p.234 "231 / 53" ; marginal glosses (many with signes de renvoi).

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

Porphyry,--approximately 234-approximately 305.
04--Ibn Nāʻimah, ʻAbd al-Masīḥ ibn ʻAbd Allāh,--9th cent.
04--ابن ناعمة, عبد المسيح بن عبد الله.
05--Kindī,--d. ca. 873.


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Former Owner(s):

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

In Collection:

Heyworth-Dunne Collection.


D’Ancona, C. "Aristotle and Aristotelianism." In EI3,accessed via Brill online.

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Posted by evyn on July 14, 2012
Tags: Arabic MSS, Fully Catalogued, Heyworth-Dunne Collection

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