Desired Transformations, or, On Negations and Affirmations in Rectifying Wisdom


This treatise contains information on a medley of subjects, including alchemy, numerology, mineralogy, and magic. It begins with quotations from Kashf al-asrār wa hatk al-astār (Unveiling of secrets and tearing of covers), a well-known eighth-century (second-century A.H.) work attributed to Jābir (ibn Ḥayyān). A whole other work seems to be written in the margins. The text mentions such authorities as Galen (Jālīnūs), Zīsmūs, Hermes, Democrates, Shaykh Abu al-‘Abbās Aḥmad al-Baunī, and Ghazālī. Parts of the manuscript are smudged and damaged.

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Kitāb maṭlūb al-istibdālāt, al-Nafyu wa al-ithbāt fī taṣḥīḥ al-ḥikma

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20 leaves; 14.5 x 20.5 centimeters

Last updated: May 11, 2015