ارسطو والصوفية

Al-‘Urūsh [or:] Kitāb al-’urūsh wa hisāb al-ghalab wa al-maghlūb l-Āristūtilīs…

992 AH [1584 AD].

Arabic manuscript on laid paper, 20 x 14 cm; ff. 84; 21 lines of neat black naskhī per page, headings in red and green; signed by the copyist; some marginal annotations; a little marginal staining, otherwise in fine condition; in later half leather.

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A late sixteenth-century copy of a Sufi treatise on Aristotelian causation, attributed to Muhammad Wafā (1302-1363), who was a prominent Cairo Sufi, the first in a long line of scholastic mystics, and the founder of the Sufi order which bore his name, the Wafā’iyya.

Brockelmann gives no copy of this work, but a recent article on Mamluk Sufism gives four copies of the Kitāb al-‘urūsh, though none under the longer title given here.

R. McGregor, ‘New sources for the study of Sufism in Mamluk Egypt’, Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, 2002, vol. 65, no. 2, pp. 300-322.

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