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    Islamic Manuscripts Featuring The Mohamed Makiya Collection

    18 April 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 60

    MAWLANA ZADEH AHMAD BIN MAHMUD AL-HARAWI (FL. 14TH CENTURY): SHARH HIDAYAT AL-HIKMA

    TIMURID AND SAFAVID IRAN, THE TEXT 15TH CENTURY, THE DRAWINGS ADDED CIRCA 1600-50

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    MAWLANA ZADEH AHMAD BIN MAHMUD AL-HARAWI (FL. 14TH CENTURY): SHARH HIDAYAT AL-HIKMA
    TIMURID AND SAFAVID IRAN, THE TEXT 15TH CENTURY, THE DRAWINGS ADDED CIRCA 1600-50
    An Arabic commentary of the Persian encyclopaedic treatise of Al-Abhari, a guide to philosophy, 80ff. plus six fly-leaves, most folios with 21ll. of black naskh script, catchwords, occasional marginal notes, with four fine large-scale figural drawings added later to the margins surrounding the text, some water staining, incomplete at end, some folios probably missing, in later green morocco red paper doublures, opening doublure with copious later owners stickers
    Folio 7 x 5in. (17.8 x 12.6cm.)


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    Athir al-Din al-Abhari (d. 1264 AD) was a dialectician whose works dealt with philosophy, natural sciences and astronomy (See Al-Zerekly, Al-A'lam, Biographical Dictionary, Beirut, 2007, vol. VII, p.279). He was born in Abhar, Jibal. He studied under Shaybani and worked in Mosul and Irbil. Al-Abhari was the author of the revision of Porphyry’s “Introduction of Categories” of Aristotle, see B.A. Rosenfeld & E. Ihsanoglu, Mathematicians. Astronomers and Other Scholars of Islamic Civilisation and their Works (7th – 19th), Istanbul, 2003, p.209, no. 595.

    The present text is a commentary on al-Abhari's Hidayat al-hikma which is a work in three parts, on logic (mantiq), natural philosophy (al-tabi'i) and metaphysics (al-ilahi). This commentary was composed by Mawlana Zadeh Ahmad bin Mahmud al-Harawi al-Khazarbani whose dates are unknown (Katib Celebi's Kashf al-Zunun, Beirut, 1971, vol.III, p.543-544). A number of commentaries on this important text are listed in Katib Celebi, op.cit., vol.III, p.543. There is a copy of this commentary dated AH 895/1490 AD in the Chester Beatty Library, see A. Arberry, A Handlist of the Arabic Manuscripts, Dublin, 1962, p. 146, no. 4449. See Brockelmann, GAL, I, 464; S. I, 840.

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    Provenance

    The Hagop Kevorkian Collection (561/909)


    Pre-Lot Text

    A RARE COMMENTARY ON IBN AL-ATHIR AL-ABHARI'S HIDAYAT AL-HIKMA