Reading Avicenna’s Kitāb al-Šifāʾ in the Ottoman world: the circulation of the work within the school of Asʿad al-Yānyawī

Silvia Di Vincenzo

The present paper focuses on two manuscripts preserving the section of logic (ğumlat al-manṭiq) of Avicenna’s Kitāb al-Šifāʾ (namely mss. İstanbul, Süleymaniye kütüphanesi, Ragıp Paşa 909 and Atıf Efendi 1565), whose production and circulation have to be connected to the circle of Asʿad Ibn ʿAlī Ibn ʿUṯmān al-Yānyawī (d. 1143 H/1730) in the madrasa of Abū Ayyūb al-Anṣārī in Constantinople. Firstly, it will be argued that both manuscripts can provide new insights into the intellectual production within the school of Asʿad al-Yānyawī. In fact, they preserve a huge amount of marginalia, among which some yet unstudied glosses by al-Yānyawī himself on Avicenna’s Šifāʾ, and some quotations of certain newly discovered works by al-Yānyawī. Secondly, it will be claimed that both manuscripts also preserve a set of marginalia which attests a thirteenth-century exegetical activity on Avicenna’s Šifāʾ, so that the two manuscripts are themselves precious witnesses for the Ottoman reception of a much earlier exegetical tradition on the text.
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