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    Sale 7615

    Art of The Islamic And Indian Worlds

    7 October 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 290

    ZAYN AL-DIN ABU HAMID MUHAMMAD BIN MUHAMMAD AL-GHAZZALI (AH 450-505/1058-1111 AD): KIMIYA-YI SA'ADAT

    SIGNED MUHAMMAD BIN JAMAL AL-DIN BIN HAFIZ MAHMOUD BIN JAMAL AL-DIN 'ABIDI, PROBABLY IRAN, 14TH CENTURY

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    ZAYN AL-DIN ABU HAMID MUHAMMAD BIN MUHAMMAD AL-GHAZZALI (AH 450-505/1058-1111 AD): KIMIYA-YI SA'ADAT
    SIGNED MUHAMMAD BIN JAMAL AL-DIN BIN HAFIZ MAHMOUD BIN JAMAL AL-DIN 'ABIDI, PROBABLY IRAN, 14TH CENTURY
    A famous work on the religious and moral duties of a believer, Arabic manuscript on buff paper, 248ff. plus 3 fly-leaves, each folio with 20ll. of black naskh, important words or phrases picked out in red or larger black naskh, final folio signed Muhammad bin Jamal al-Din bin Hafiz Mahmoud bin Jamal al-Din 'Abidi, some waterstaining throughout, some folios discoloured, worn, end damaged and possibly altered, in brown morocco
    Folio 9¼ x 6¾in. (24.8 x 17cm.); text approximately 7 x 5in. (18 x 12.7cm.)


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    The Kimiya-yi Sa'adat is a popular abridgement of the author's comprehensive work, Ihya 'Ulum al-Din which was composed in the last five years of his life. The text has a clear Sufi approach and is divided into a preface and four books, each of which are called rukn. Another copy of the work is in the Wellcome Institute (Fateme Keshavarz, A Descriptive and Analytical Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts in the Library of the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, London 1986, p. 527, no. 355).

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