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Persian MS 508

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An introduction to a commentary on an originally Arabic divan ascribed to ʻAlī ibn Abī Ṭālib (ff. 2r and 4r ), composed in the year 1485 HQ , by Ḥusayn ibn Muʻīn Maybudī, (d. 1505 HQ ), whose name is given on f. 4r . The authenticity of the divan is doubtful even to the commentator as he states on f. 4r هر چند بیقین معلوم نیست .که این بحر از خاشاک شعر غیر صافی است اگر یک بیت شعر اوست مرا در دنیا و عقبی کافیست but he seems not to be concerned about the authenticity of the the commentary of the divan من خود چه کسم که در شماری باشم- یا در صف اهل دل سواری باشم- مقصود همین است که در شأن علی- گویم سخنی چند و بکاری باشم. The commentary is, however, wanting in the present MS. which only contains an extensive seven-part fatihah or preliminary discourse on Sufi doctrines and philosophical, astrological and mystical matters. The fatihah, according to Maibudi, j is useful to a better understanding of the commentary قبل از شروعدر شرح ابیات مطالب بلند و مارب ارجمند که در اثنای شرح مفید است و اکثر آن مشتمل بر فایده جدید است مسطور خامۀ تحریر و مزبورنامۀ تصویرخواهد شد در ضمن هفت فاتحه . the MS. comes to a conclusion with the end of the seventh fdtihah and the beginning of the commentary.

Physical Description

Extent: 75 folios, 1 fly leaf

Leaf (mm)170261
Written (mm)100184


Purchased by Mrs Enriqueta Rylands, on behalf of the John Rylands Library, in 1901 AD from James Ludovic Lindsay, 26th Earl of Crawford .



Rebound, gold embossing


Collection: Persian Manuscripts

Collection: Hamilton


Bibliographical description based on an index created by Reza Navabpour circa 1993. Identification of provenance based on manuscript catalogue by Michael Kerney, circa 1890s.

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