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Abu 'Abdullah Muhammad Ibn 'Ali Ibn Muhammad (known as Ibn ‘Arabi al-Hatimi al-Ta’i, d.1240 AD), Al-Futuha al-Makkiyah, vol.IV, on fiqh, signed by 'Imad al-Din Idriss al-Karami al-Isma’ili, Yemen, Sana'a, dated 857 AD/1453-54 AD

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  • ink and gold on paper, bound leather
  • 27 by 18.8cm.
Arabic manuscript on paper, 148 leaves plus a flyleaf, 29 lines to the page, written in naskh script in black ink, catchwords, occasional marginal annotations, 7 full page diagrams from f.85a to f.88a, brown morocco binding with tooled floral cartouches

Catalogue Note

Ibn 'Arabi was an Andalusian scholar, Sufi mystic and philosopher. He studied in Seville before embarking on the Hajj in 1201 AD. He lived in Mecca for three years and it was during his stay there that he began writing one of his most important works, al-Futuha al-Makkiyah which discusses a wide range of topics ranging from mystical philosophy to Sufi mysticism including his visions and dreams. The first draft was completed in 1231 AD and the most treasured copy of al-Futuha written by Ibn 'Arabi himself is in Konya. He travelled extensively in Syria, Palestine, Iraq and Anatolia and died in Damascus in 1240 AD.

An inscription below the colophon states that this manuscript was collated with a copy written by the compiler in the Masjid al-Haram, near the Ka'ba on the 17 Shawwal 948 AH/1541-42 AD. See also Brockelmann, GAL, S. N. II, 417.