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Legenda and Bibliography

Last update 01 March 2017

Beginning of Ilāhiyyāt
Ms. Tehran, Kitābḫānah-i Maǧlis-i Shūrā-yi Millī (now: Kitābḫānah-i Maǧlis-i Shūrā-yi Islāmī = Parliament Library), 930

Sigla, Formulae, Abbreviations: 

m = Manṭiq [= logic] of the Šifāʾ.

ṭ = Ṭabīʿiyyāt [= natural philosophy] of the Šifāʾ.

r = Riyāḍiyyāt [= mathematics] of the Šifāʾ.

(+ m, ṭ, r) = ms. containing all the Šifāʾ (i.e. besides the Ilāhiyyāt, also Manṭiq/ logic, Ṭabīʿiyyāt/natural philosophy, and Riyāḍiyyāt/mathematics).

(+ m, ṭ) = ms. containing Ilāhiyyāt, Manṭiq, and Ṭabīʿiyyāt.

(+ m) = ms. containing Ilāhiyyāt and Manṭiq.

(+ ṭ) = ms. containing Ilāhiyyāt and Ṭabīʿiyyāt.

Within Manṭiq, Ṭabīʿiyyāt, and Riyāḍiyyāt, the sections (funūn) are designed by lower-case Roman numerals (i, ii, iii, etc.) written as deponents (ex. gr.: mv = section five of Manṭiq/logic; ṭii-viii = sections ii-viii of Ṭabīʿiyyāt/natural philosophy; ri-ii, iv = sections i, ii, and iv of Riyāḍiyyāt/mathematics).

Within Ilāhiyyāt, Manṭiq, Ṭabīʿiyyāt, and Riyāḍiyyāt, the treatises (maqālāt) and chapters (fuṣūl) are designed respectively by upper-case Roman numerals (I, II, III, etc.) and Arabic numerals (1, 2, 3, etc.) (ex. gr.: Ilāhiyyāt I.1-3 = chapters 1-3 of treatise I of Ilāhiyyāt; ṭi-ii.1-2 = section i and chapters 1-2 of section ii of Ṭabīʿiyyāt/natural philosophy).

(A) = ms. recorded in G. C. Anawati, Essai de bibliographie avicennienne, Dār Al-Maʿārif, Cairo 1950.

(B) = ms. recorded in C. Brockelmann, Geschichte der Arabischen Litteratur, vols I-II, Brill, Leiden, 1943-19492; suppl. vols I-III, Brill, Leiden 1937-1942 (vol. I, p. 592, suppl. vol. I, p. 815).

(D) = ms. recorded in Fihristvārah-i Dastnivišthā-yi Īrān (Dinā), The Abridged Catalogue of Iran Manuscripts, ed. M. Dirāyatī, Kitābḫānah, Mūzih va Markaz-i Asnād-i Maǧlis-i Šūrā-yi Islāmī, vol. VI, Tehran 1389Hš/2010.

(E1) = ms. recorded in O. Ergin, “Ibni Sina Bibliografyasi”, in Büyük Türk Filozof ve Tib Üstadi Ibn Sina Şahsiyeti ve Eserleri Hakkında Tetkikler, İstanbul 1937, pp. 3-80.

(E2) = ms. recorded in O. Ergin, Ibn-i Sina Bibliografyasi, Yalçın Matbaası, Istanbul 1956.

(F) = ms. recorded in Fihristgān: nusḫahʾhā-yi ḫaṭṭī-i Īrān (Fanḫā), Union Catalog of Iranian Manuscripts, ed. M. Dirāyatī, Sāzmān-i Asnād va Kitābḫānah-i Millī-i Ǧumhūrī-i Islāmī-i Īrān, vol. XXI, Tehran 1390Hš/2011.

(M) = ms. recorded in Y. Mahdavī, Fihrist-i nusḫahā-yi muṣannafāt-i Ibn-i Sīnā, Intišārāt-i Dānišgāh-yi Tihrān, Tehran 1333Hš/1954.

(own.) = owner (instead of copyist; in the Copyists/Owners section)

(+ own.) = copyist and owner (in the Copyists/Owners section)

 

Styles:

bold = ms. used in Cairo ed. of the Ilāhiyyāt.

[italics within square brackets] = ms. attested.

 

Conventions:

A date of copy in which the year is precisely indicated (ex. gr.: 1071H/1660) is usually taken from the manuscript itself (colophon or other). A more generic date (for instance: VII/XIII c.) is a conjectural date provided by former inspectors of the codex.

 

Further Bibliography:

A. Q. Ahmed,  “The Shifāʾ in India I:
 Reflections on the Evidence of the Manuscripts”, Oriens, 40, 2012, pp. 199–222.

I. ʿA. ʿArshī, Catalogue of the Arabic Manuscripts in Raza Library Rampur, Volume IV: Holy Scriptures, Logic & Philosophy, Printed for Raza Library Trust, Rampur, U.P. India 1971

S. Brentjes, "Courtly Patronage of the Ancient Sciences in Post-Classical Islamic Societies", Al-Qantara, 39, 2008, pp. 403-36.

H. Daiber, “New Manuscript Findings from Indian Libraries”, Manuscripts of the Middle East, 1, 1986, pp. 26-48.

D. Gutas, “The Heritage of Avicenna: The Golden Age of Arabic Philosophy, 1000-ca. 1350”, in Avicenna and His Heritage. Proceedings of the International Colloquium “Avicenna and his Heritage”, Leuven-Louvain-la-Neuve, 8-11 September 1999, ed. J. Jannsens and D. De Smet, Leuven University Press, Leuven 2002, pp. 81-97.

S. al-Ḥīmī, “Manuscripts of Avicennian Works in the National Library al-Ẓāhiriyya”, Al-Turāṯ al-ʿarabī, 2, 1981, pp. 91-112.

J. Lameer, “Towards a New Edition of Avicenna’s Kitāb al-Ishārāt wa-l-tanbīhāt”, Journal of Islamic Manuscripts, 4, 2013, pp. 199–248.

S. de Laugier de Beaurecueil, Manuscrits d’Afghanistan (Publ. de l'Inst. Fr. d'Arch. Or. du Caire T. XXVI), Le Caire, 1964.

C. Martini Bonadeo, ʿAbd al-Laṭīf al-Baġdādī’s Philosophical Journey. From Aristotle’s Metaphysics to the ‘Metaphysical Science’, Brill, Leiden-Boston 2013.

R. Massani, "Āṯār Abū ʿAlī Sīnā dar Kitābḫānahāy ḫuṣūṣī wa-ʿumūmī Hind", in Le Livre du Millénaire d'Avicenne, vol. II, Tehran 1384, pp. 438-448 (English summary, ibid., vol. IV, pp. 184-6).

R. Pourjavady, Philosophy in Early Safavid Iran. Najm al-Dīn Maḥmūd al-Nayrīzī and His Writings, Brill, Leiden-Boston 2011.

S. H. Rizvi, “Mīr Dāmād in India: Islamic Philosophical Traditions and the Problem of Creation”, Journal of the American Oriental Society, 131, 2011, pp. 9-23.

R. Şeşen, Muḫtārāt min al-Maḫṭūṭāt al-ʿArabiyya al-nādira fī Maktabāt Turkiye, İslâm Tarih, Sanat ve Kültürünü Araştirma Vakfi (İSAR), Istanbul 1997, pp. 85-97.

ʿA. Ṭabāṭabāyī Yazdī, “Some Manuscripts from the Treasures of the Library Amīr al-Muʾminīn, on the Basis of the Catalogue of Muḥaqqiq Ṭabāṭabāyī” [in Persian], in Amīn-e Šarīʿat, Bunyād Muḥaqqiq Ṭabāṭabāyī 1391Hš/2012, pp. 174-250.

J. J. Witkam, “Avicenna’s Copyists at Work: Codicological Features of the Two Leiden Manuscripts of the Kitāb al-Shifāʾ”, Oriens, 40, 2012, pp. 223–55.

World Survey of Islamic Manuscripts, ed. G. Roper, 4 vols, Al-Furqan Islamic Heritage Foundation, London 1992-1994.