Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 91 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Tafsīr-i Awrangzībī.

Note concerning author: Muʿīn al-dīn b. Ṣadr was one of the disciples of Khwāja Khāvand Maḥmūd al-Naqshbandī al-ʿAlavī al-Ḥusaynī (d.1642). Marshall identifies the author as Muʿīn al-dīn ibn Sirāj al-dīn Khāvand Shāh and states (on the basis of this manuscript) this work was written in 1075/1664-5.

Language(s): Arabic

Colophon details: Date: 1075 / 1664-5 Scribe: Anonymous.

Colophon further notes: 1075 is 7 years after the reign of Aurangzeb.


Mughals in India: a bibliographical survey. Vol. 1. Manuscripts D.N. Marshall 1962 p.349

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 543 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 27 × 18 cm.
Dimensions (written): 19.5 × 10.5 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


Worming. Marginal repairs.


17 lines per page.

Ruled in gold, black and green. Rubrications in red (and gold and blue).


Script: naskh. Quality: Neat. Scribe: Anonymous.


F.3v: an illuminated sarlauh (gold, blue, green). Gold florettes with blue outlines mark the Qur'anic text. Some bismillahs and the name of Aurangzeb are in gold. Surah headings are in blue.


Signs of collation.


Plain reddish brown leather, Indian style. Plain leather doublures. Condition: The spine is separated from the textblock. In need of repair. Dimensions: 27 × 17.5 × 6.5 cm. Boxed. Polier's number: 194.


Origin: 1075 AH; 1664-5 CE

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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