Shelfmark:

Isl. Ms. 910

Title:

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:

[193-?].

Size:

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

Summary:

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

Subject(s):

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.

Language:

Arabic.

Notes:

Ms. codex.
Title from opening 'title page' inscription on p.1.
Shelfmark: Ann Arbor, University of Michigan, Special Collections Library, Isl. Ms. 910

Incipit:

"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 ..."

Explicit:

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

Colophon:

Can you help transcribe the colophon? Please comment!

Dedication:

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Contents:

Unidentified-Can you help supply this information? Please comment!

Physical Details:
Collation:

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).

Layout:

Written in 14-22 lines per page.

Script:

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.

Decoration:

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

Support:

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.

Binding:

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

Origin:

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):

Plotinus.--Enneads.--IV-VI.--Paraphrase.--Arabic.
Porphyry,--approximately 234-approximately 305.
Ibn Nāʻimah, ʻAbd al-Masīḥ ibn ʻAbd Allāh,--active 9th century.--04
04--ابن ناعمة, عبد المسيح بن عبد الله.
Kindī,---approximately 873.--05
05--كندي.

Scribe(s):

Unidentified-Can you help supply this information? Please comment!

Former Owner(s):

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

Collection:

Heyworth-Dunne Collection.

References:

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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February 18, 2013 1:10 pm
zahed on paragraph 4:

hello,
The Thuyūlūjiyā or Uthūlūjiyā is one of the most important and influential books in the history of Islamic philosophy and Islamic mysticism. This book has been originally authored by NeoPlatonic sage Plotinus (204-270 AD), but for more than a millennium has been wrongly attributed to Aristotle.
The name of Uthūlūjiyā which is the Arabized name of Teologia or Theology is an extraction from the Enneads by Plotinus.
This book was translated from Syriac to Arabic by Abdolmasih ben Abdellah ben naema Hemsi
(عبد المسيح بن عبد الله بن ناعمة الحمصي) who was one of the most renowned translators in the Bayt Al Hikma (House of Wisdom) in around year 220 AH /835 AD and then edited by the founding father of Islamic philosophy Abu Yūsuf Yaʻqūb ibn ʼIsḥāq aṣ-Ṣabbāḥ al-Kindī (185-256 AH / 805-873 AD) .
Since the name of the writher of Uthūlūjiyā in the syriac text which was the original source for the translation has been attributed to Aristotle, this book entered into the Islamic world of thought with the name of Aristotle. This mistake in attribution partly influenced the Muslims concept of Aristotle and high respect for him.
Valentin Rose, the German textual critic noticed in1883 that the Uthūlūjiyā is in essence parts of Enneads by Plotinus and from that year on Muslims gradually learned that the real writher of the book is Plotinus.

Bahram Zahedi (b.zahedi@modares.ac.ir)
P.H.D undergraduate in political science/political thoughts
Tarbiat Modares University
Tehran- Iran

February 19, 2015 6:04 pm
Evyn Kropf on paragraph 4:

Many thanks for your comment. You will notice that the attribution and authorship have been addressed in the Summary note, as well as in the Subjects and Contributor(s) notes. Again, thank you for your elaboration.

February 23, 2015 3:09 pm

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