MUHAMMED SHIRIN MAGHRIBI

MS 5350
MS Short Title MUHAMMED SHIRIN MAGHRIBI
Text 1.MUHAMMED SHIRIN MAGHRIBI: KITAB MIR’AT AL–’ARIFIN; ISLAMIC KABBALAH 
2.MOHAMMED SHIRIN MAGHRIBI: KITAB AL–NUZHAT AL–SASSANIYA; PERSIAN SIGN–LIST OF THE ZODIAC 
3.SA’ID AL–FARGHANI: KITAB AL–MAQASID AL–NAJIYYA; TREATISE ON SUFISM 
4.‘ABD AL–QASIM QUSHAIRI: FUSUL; PERSIAN GLOSSARY ON SUFISM
Description MS in Persian (texts 2-4) and Arabic (text 1) on paper, Western Persia, 1400-1450, 160 ff. (complete), 18x13 cm, single column, (12x9 cm), 13 lines in nasta’liq script, 3 Kabbalah and 11 zodiac diagrams.
Binding Western Persia, 17-18th c. red morocco with stamped central medallions of birds, sewn on 4 cords.
Provenance 1. Library of Prince Amir Shuja’ al–Din Hamza Beg, son of Hamza b. Qara ‘Uthman, Western Persia, (ca.1400-44); 2. Imam in Istanbul, Turkey (1489); 3. Sam Fogg, London.
Commentary Text 1 a cabbalistic work on hidden meanings behind the words and letters of al–Fatiha, beginning with the "B" of Bismallah. The author was a celebrated Persian poet of Sufi persuasion who died around 1407. Kabbalah is primarily known as the mystical, esoteric side of Judaism, interpreting the deeper, hidden layers of the Hebrew Bible and Talmud in the wider sense, and the Torah and book of Ezekiel in the narrow sense, to provide us with information about the nature of God, creation of the universe and its end, the soul and the spiritual world, and how to experience the divine presence for oneself and each other. Since the 3 monotheistic religions share the same God, there is in addition to Jewish Kabbalah also Islamic Kabbalah and Christian Kabbalah. 

Text 2 is referred to in the Encyclopaedia of Islam as "evidently not extant". 

Text 3: The author was a Sufi writer who died ca. 1290–1300. No work of this title is so far known. The colophon gives the name of ‘Abd al–Hamid b. Murad al–Ardabili.
Place of origin Western Persia
Dates 1400-1450

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