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Towards a Critical Edition of the Metaphysics of Avicenna

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Last update: 18 May 2016

I) Al-Ilāhiyyāt min al-Šifāʾ li-Šayḫ al-Raʾīs Abū ʿAlī Ḥusayn Ibn ʿAbd Allāh Ibn Sīnā maʿa taʿlīqāt, ed. ʿA. al-K. al-Šarīf al-Šīrāzī, Madrasa Dār al-Funūn, Tehran 1303Hš [= 1885], vol. I, pp. 266-567.

Lithographic printing of Natural Philosophy and Ilāhiyyāt in vol. I; commentary by Ṣadrā al-Dīn al-Šīrāzī (Mullā Ṣadrā, d. 1050H/1640) on Ilāhiyyāt I-VI in vol. II. Based on a group of manuscripts whose number and identity is still to be ascertained, it reports interlinear or marginal corrections, and interlinear or marginal explanatory glosses by several commentators.

 

II) Ibn Sīnā, Al-Šifāʾ, al-Ilāhiyyāt (1), ed. Ǧ. Š. Qanawatī, S. Zāyid, al-Hayʾa al-ʿāmma li-šuʾūn al-maṭābiʿ al-amīriyya, Cairo 1960; Ibn Sīnā, Al-Šifāʾ, al-Ilāhiyyāt (2), ed. M. Y. Mūsā, S. Dunyā, S. Zāyid, al-Hayʾa al-ʿāmma li-šuʾūn al-maṭābiʿ al-amīriyya, Cairo 1960.

The standard printing of the work.

Testimonia:

1)    Ibn Sīnā 1885 = ط

2)    Annotations in Ibn Sīnā 1885 = طا

3)    Ms. Cairo, Al-Azhar, Baḫīt 331 falsafa (no date) = ب

4)    Annotations in the ms. Cairo, Al-Azhar, Beḫīt 331 falsafa = بخ

5)    Ms. Cairo, Dār al-Kutub al-Miṣriyya, 144 ḥikma (684H/1285) = ج

6)    Ms. Cairo, Dār al-Kutub al-Miṣriyya, 894 falsafa (no date) = د

7)    Ms. Cairo, Dār al-Kutub al-Miṣriyya, 826 ḥikma wa-falsafa (1084H/1673) = ص

8)    Ms. London, British Museum, Or. 7500 (no date) = م

9)    Ms. Cairo, Dār al-Kutub al-Miṣriyya, 262 ḥikma wa-falsafa (1337H/1918, copied by Maḥmūd Qāsim from an exemplar of 992H/1584) = ه (passim)

 

III) Ibn Sīnā, Al-Ilāhiyyāt min Kitāb Al-Šifāʾ, ed. Ḥ. al-Āmulī, Maktab al-Iʿlām al-Islāmī, Markaz al-Našr, Qum 1418Hq, 1376Hš [= 1997-8].

The text has been edited according to “a number of manuscripts ... preserved in our private library” (p. 5 of the Introduction), and the edition has been completed in 1403Hq, 1361Hš/1982. No description of manuscripts (at the end of the book, one finds photomechanical reproductions of the incipits and explicits of five manuscripts). No critical apparatus (variants recorded in the footnotes, with sigla  خ = ms., ل = change).

 

IV) Ibn Sīnā, Al-Šifāʾ (al-Ilāhiyyāt), with Marginal Notes by Mullā Ṣadrā, Mīrdāmāḍ, Khunsarī, Sabzavārī and others, ed. Ḥ. Nāǧī Iṣfahānī, Society for the Appreciation of Cultural Works and Dignitaries, Institute of Islamic Studies of Tehran, McGill University, Tehran 1383Hš/2004

Edition of Ilāhiyyāt I-II, with the corresponding commentaries of Ṣadrā al-Dīn al-Šīrāzī and other major commentators.

Testimonia:

1)    Ms. Tehran, Millī Malik, 1085 = ل

2)    Ms. Mashad, Āstān Quds, XI, 7347 [incompl.: I-IX] = ق

3)    Ms. Oxford, Bodleian Library, Pococke 117 [incompl.: I-IV] + 110 [incompl.: V-VIII, 6] = ب

4)    Ms. Khūy, Madrasa Namāzī 248 = س

5)    Ms. Tehran, Dānišgāh, 4214, Miškāt 242 = م

6)    Ms. Mashad, Āstān Quds, 5662 = الف

7)    Cairo 1960 = ص

8)    Ibn Sīnā 1885 = ط

 

V) Ibn Sīnā, Metafizik, ed. E. Demirli, Ö. Türker, 2 vols, Litera, Istanbul 2004; repr. 2013.

New printing of the Arabic text, with facing Turkish translation. No critical apparatus.

 

VI) Ibn Sīnā, Al-Ilāhiyyāt min Kitāb Al-Šifāʾ, ed. A. al-Sayāḥ, T. Wahba, Dār al-Ḫulud li-l-Turāṯ, Cairo 2009.

New printing of the Arabic text. No critical apparatus. “The manuscripts of the work that we have consulted are numerous and abundant, especially in the libraries of Tehran” (p. 69 of the Introduction).