Lot 106
  • 106

Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi (d.1273 AD), Diwan-e Shams, signed by ‘Ali ibn Musa al-Suleymani, Anatolia, probably Konya, Karamanid, dated 740 AH/1339-40 AD

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  • ink on paper with leather binding
  • 30.2 by 20.2cm.
Persian manuscript on paper, 278 leaves plus 4 flyleaves, 17 lines to the page, written in even and neat naskh script in black ink in 2 columns ruled in red, headings in slightly larger red thuluth script, f.1b with illuminated headpiece containing the bismillah against a foliated ground with scrolling borders, later cloth-covered binding with vegetal motifs


Commissioned for the library of Ghiyath al-Din Chalabi Ibrahim Beg (r.1340-45), ruler of the Anatolian Beylik Isfandiyar, and son of the deceased ruler Shuja’ al-Din Suleyman Pasha.

Catalogue Note

The present fine early copy of Diwan-e shams, one of Rumi's great poetic works, was written for the treasury of Ghiyath al-Dawla wa’l-Din Chalabi Ibrahim Beg (Çelebi Ibrahim Bey), the son of the deceased Shuja’ al-Dawlah wa’l-Din Suleyman Pasha (Süleyman Pasha) in the Zawiya of Sadr al-Milla wa’l-Haqq wa’l-Din (probably the Sadreddin Konevi Zaviyesi in Konya) by ‘Ali ibn Musa al-Sulaymani on 11 Ramadan 740 AH/11 March 1340 AD.

Ibrahim Bey was one of the rulers of the Isfendiyarid (İsfendiyaroğullari) or Jandarid Beylik (Candaroğullari) of the Sinop and Kastamonu regions on the Black Sea. According to the Islam Ensikolpedisi article on the Candaroğulları, Süleyman Pasha had friendly relations with the family of Mevlana and was visited by his grandson Arif Chelebi. According to the article the shaykhs of the order were trying to steer the various Anatolian beys away from the influence of unorthodox shaykhs.