Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 34 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of al-Ufuq al-Mubīn.
Language(s): Arabic

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Colophon further notes: There is no colophon - the work is possibly incomplete at the end.

Note concerning work: A manual of Shīʿite theology and metaphysics. The author, Mīr Dāmād, is very likely one and the same as the author of King's 8, Mīr Muḥammad Bāqir Dāmād, in which case his date of death is earlier, 1040/1631. See S.H. Rizvi, "Mīr Dāmād in India: Islamic Philosophical Traditions and the Problem of Creation", Journal of the American Oriental Society, vol. 131 (2011), pp. 9-23.


Geschichte der arabischen Literatur C. Brockelmann 1892-1902 (2 vols. plus supplements) GAL II.341

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Initial 29 folios supplied in an ugly later hand.
Extent: 336 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 22.8 × 14.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 15 × 9 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


15-24 lines per page.

Not ruled. Rubrications with larger letters.


Script: Naskh. Quality: Fair. Scribe: Anonymous.


The manuscript contains many marginal and interlinear notes.



Plain reddish brown leather, European style. Plain watermarked European paper doublure. Dimensions: 24 × 15.7 × 4.5 cm. Boxed. Polier's number: 24.


Origin: Undated.

Provenance and Acquisition

The "Pote Collection" arrived in England from India in 1790 and was divided between the Colleges of Eton and King's, Cambridge, with the first half alphabetically going to King's. Both halves of the collection are now housed in Cambridge University Library on permanent loan. Most if not all of the manuscripts had previously been owned by Colonel Antoine-Louis Henri Polier (1741–1795).

Gift of Edward Ephraim Pote (d.1832) in 1788.

Record Sources


All manuscripts of the Pote Collection are on permanent loan at Cambridge University Library. Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card for admissions procedures consult Cambridge University Library. Contact near_eastern@lib.cam.ac.uk for further information on the availability of this manuscript

Funding of Cataloguing

King's College Cambridge


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