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Colleagues: I received this from the Adabiyat listserve and am cross-posting it with the permission of Stephen Hirtenstein, who originally sent it. Please direct all queries to him <firstname.lastname@example.org> Paula Sanders ***************************************** Dear Udaba' IMPORTANT WORKS MISSING FROM YUSUF AGA LIBRARY As some of you may be aware, some 4 years ago a very serious theft took place at the Yusuf Aga library in Konya, Turkey. 105 books containing priceless copies of manuscripts were discovered to have been removed (and presumably sold in the West). Many of these books were from the private waqf collection of Ibn `Arabi's stepson and heir, Sadruddin al-Qunawi, which includes some of the best copies of his works. The details of the theft were later published by the Ministry of Culture in Ankara, and four works turned up at a leading auction house in London for sale. These were shown to belong to the Yusuf Aga, and were subsequently withdrawn from sale. These have now been returned to Turkey. On behalf of the Muhyiddin Ibn `Arabi Society, I and a colleague have been involved in compiling an inventory of the most important historic manuscripts of Ibn `Arabi and his followers from various libraries in Turkey, and making digital copies to be preserved in an archive housed in UK. I have spent some time checking the Yusuf Aga catalogue, and have compiled a list of the works by Ibn `Arabi and Sadruddin al-Qunawi (see below for ones that are missing). It is our intention to recreate digitally (on CD) as much of the original Ibn `Arabi collection as possible, and return a copy to the Yusuf Aga. To this end we are now launching an appeal to anyone who might have copies of the following works from the Yusuf Aga, either in microfilm or photocopied form. I can provide further details (size, folio length etc) if required. Some of the catalogue numbers may be different. Best wishes Stephen Hirtenstein Muhyiddin Ibn `Arabi Society Publications, POB 892 Oxford OX2 7XL, UK ** Please get in touch with me (email@example.com) as soon as possible if you possess or know of the existence of any of these: MISSING WORKS 4859 K. al-Isfâr, K. al-'Abâdila [and possibly part of al-Tadbîrât al-ilâhiyya] (written during Ibn `Arabî's lifetime) 4861 Al-Tanazzulât al-Mawsiliyya (pp 1-24, according to catalogue, written by Suleyman al-Husayn al-Balkhî in 1275H) 4865 Miftâh al-ghayb (SQ, written by Yûsuf b. Ahmad b. Abû Bakr al-Azqî, dated 672H) 4867 Nafahât al-ilâhiyya (SQ, written by Tawakkul b. `Abdullâh Sayfuddîn al-Hilâlî, dated 844H), Rûh al-quds and `Uqlat al-mustawfiz (dated 844H, old number 5621) 4868 K. Fadl al-tawhîd, K. al-Tarâjim (dated 617H), K. al-Shawâhid, K. al-Jalâla and K. al-Azal (part written by Ibn `Arabî, part by one of his disciples) 4905 Dîwân Abû'l-Hasan al-Tihâmî (96 folios, Abû'l-Hasan `Alî b. Muhammad 589H), and Ziyâdât min al-Mawâqif (46 folios, dated 359H in Basra) 5059-64 Ahkâm al-kubrâ fi'l-hadîth (`Abd al-Haqq al-Azdî, dated 613H in Malatya in a Maghribi hand) 5084 Sharh al-asmâ' (Ibn Barrajân, written by Muhammad b. `Abdullâh al-Qûnawî dated 667H in Konya, 761 pages) 5501 / 5502 Dîwân (two volumes in Ibn `Arabî's hand) 5544 al-Ishârât wa'l-tanbîhât fi'l-mantiq (Ibn Sînâ, commentary by Fakhruddîn Râzî, written by SQ, dated 630H, 58 pages) and Matn hikma al-ishrâq (Shihâbuddîn Yahyâ al-Suhrawardî, written by SQ, dated 640H, 63 pages) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~ The ADABIYAT email list for Middle Eastern Literary Traditions ~ ~ Archives (http://www.listserv.emory.edu/archives/adabiyat.html) ~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ********************************************** Paula Sanders Associate Professor of History and Director of Graduate Studies Department of History Rice University