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Last update: 5 March 2019

I) Al-Ilāhiyyāt min al-Šifāʾ li-Šayḫ al-Raʾīs Abū ʿAlī Ḥusayn Ibn ʿAbd Allāh Ibn Sīnā maʿa taʿlīqāt, copyist ʿA. al-K. al-Šarīf al-Šīrāzī, editor Āqā Mīrzā Ḥusayn Ibn Āqā Mīrzā ʿAbbās, Madrasa Dār al-Funūn, Tehran 1303Hš [= 1885], repr. n.d., pp. 266-567.

Lithographic printing of the Ilāhiyyāt, preceded by the commentary on Ilāhiyyāt I-VI by Ṣadrā al-Dīn al-Šīrāzī (Mullā Ṣadrā, d. 1050H/1640) on pp. 1-264. Based on manuscript(s) whose number and identity remains uncertain, it reports interlinear or marginal corrections, and interlinear or marginal explanatory glosses by several commentators in which the text under discussion is quoted as lemma. A distinct volume published in the same year contains the lithographic printing of the Natural Philosophy of the Šifāʾ.

Consulted by means of a photostatic reproduction (courtesy J. Janssens) of a reprint with no date, which includes a table of contents of the two volumes and an introduction to the volume containing the Natural Philosophy of the Šifāʾ. In this introduction, Ḥ. Ḥasan Zādeh Āmulī (b. 1928) is mentioned.

Two of the three copies of this printing available in Tehran, Kitābḫānah-i Maǧlis-i Šūrā-yi Islāmī (see dlib.ical.ir/<wbr></wbr>faces/search/bibliographic/<wbr></wbr>biblioBriefView.jspx) report the same text of the reprint consulted, with different page numbers (partly printed, partly handwritten); in them, the Ilāhiyyāt starts at the printed page nr. 266 and arrives until the handwritten page nr. 657.

 

II) Ibn Sīnā, Al-Šifāʾ, al-Ilāhiyyāt (1), ed. Ǧ. Š. Qanawatī, S. Zāyid, al-Hayʾa al-ʿāmma li-šuʾūn al-maṭābiʿ al-amīriyya, Cairo 1960; Ibn Sīnā, Al-Šifāʾ, al-Ilāhiyyāt (2), ed. M. Y. Mūsā, S. Dunyā, S. Zāyid, al-Hayʾa al-ʿāmma li-šuʾūn al-maṭābiʿ al-amīriyya, Cairo 1960.

The standard printing of the work.

Testimonia:

1)    Ibn Sīnā 1885 = ط

2)    Annotations in Ibn Sīnā 1885 = طا

3)    Ms. Cairo, Al-Azhar, Baḫīt 331 falsafa (no date) = ب

4)    Annotations in the ms. Cairo, Al-Azhar, Beḫīt 331 falsafa = بخ

5)    Ms. Cairo, Dār al-Kutub al-Miṣriyya, 144 ḥikma (684H/1285) = ج

6)    Ms. Cairo, Dār al-Kutub al-Miṣriyya, 894 falsafa (no date) = د

7)    Ms. Cairo, Dār al-Kutub al-Miṣriyya, 826 ḥikma wa-falsafa (1084H/1673) = ص

8)    Ms. London, British Museum, Or. 7500 (no date) = م

9)    Ms. Cairo, Dār al-Kutub al-Miṣriyya, 262 ḥikma wa-falsafa (1337H/1918, copied by Maḥmūd Qāsim from an exemplar of 992H/1584) = ه (passim)

 

III) Ibn Sīnā, Al-Ilāhiyyāt min Kitāb Al-Šifāʾ, ed. Ḥ. al-Āmulī, Maktab al-Iʿlām al-Islāmī, Markaz al-Našr, Qum 1418Hq, 1376Hš [= 1997-8].

The text has been edited according to “a number of manuscripts ... preserved in our private library” (p. 5 of the Introduction), and the edition has been completed in 1403Hq, 1361Hš/1982. No description of manuscripts (at the end of the book, one finds photomechanical reproductions of the incipits and explicits of six distinct manuscripts). No critical apparatus (variants recorded in the footnotes, with sigla  خ = ms., ل = change).

 

IV) Ibn Sīnā, Al-Šifāʾ (al-Ilāhiyyāt), with Marginal Notes by Mullā Ṣadrā, Mīrdāmāḍ, Khunsarī, Sabzavārī and others, ed. Ḥ. Nāǧī Iṣfahānī, Society for the Appreciation of Cultural Works and Dignitaries, Institute of Islamic Studies of Tehran, McGill University, Tehran 1383Hš/2004.

Edition of Ilāhiyyāt I-II, with the corresponding commentaries of Ṣadrā al-Dīn al-Šīrāzī and other major commentators.

Testimonia:

1)    Ms. Tehran, Millī Malik, 1085 = ل

2)    Ms. Mashad, Āstān Quds, XI, 7347 [incompl.: I-IX] = ق

3)    Ms. Oxford, Bodleian Library, Pococke 117 [incompl.: I-IV] + 110 [incompl.: V-VIII, 6] = ب

4)    Ms. Khūy, Madrasa Namāzī 248 = س

5)    Ms. Tehran, Dānišgāh, 4214, Miškāt 242 = م

6)    Ms. Mashad, Āstān Quds, 5662 = الف

7)    Cairo 1960 = ص

8)    Ibn Sīnā 1885 = ط

 

V) İbn Sînâ, Kitâbu'ş-Şifâ, Metafizik, ed. and transl. E. Demirli, Ö. Türker, 2 vols, Litera Yayıncılık, Istanbul 2004-5, 2013, 2017, 2018; repr. Vakıflar Genel Müdürlüğü Yayınları, Istanbul, 2014.

Arabic text reconstructed on the basis of II) and some Istanbul mss., with facing Turkish translation. No critical apparatus.

 

VI) Ibn Sīnā, Al-Ilāhiyyāt min Kitāb Al-Šifāʾ, ed. A. al-Sayāḥ, T. Wahba, Dār al-Ḫulud li-l-Turāṯ, Cairo 2009.

Reprint of II). No critical apparatus. “The manuscripts of the work that we have consulted are numerous and abundant, especially in the libraries of Tehran” (p. 69 of the Introduction).