A New Look at Ṭūsī’s Awṣāf al-ashrāf

  title={A New Look at Ṭūsī’s Awṣāf al-ashrāf},
  author={Joep Lameer},
It is commonly stated that Naṣīr al-Dīn Ṭūsī’s (d. 672/1274) short treatise on mysticism, the Awṣāf al-ashrāf, was written for the Chancellor of the Exchequer of the Īlkhānid dynasty in Iran, Shams al-Dīn al-Juwaynī (in office 661–683/1262–1284). This is because all the surviving copies of this work were thus far believed to possess the same preamble featuring an elaborate dedication to him. The preamble of the copy preserved in MS Leiden Or. 683/1, possibly the oldest extant copy, tells us a…