Summary of Contents: Abū al-Ḥasan Bahāʾ al-Dīn ʿAlī ibn ʿĪsá ibn abī al-Fatḥ Hakkārī was a hadith scholar, poet, and literary figure of the Imamiyyah faith in the 7th century AH. He has several written works, including Kashf al-ghamah fī maʿrifat al-aʿimmat. This book provides a biographical account of the Prophet (PBUH), Fātimah and the twleve Imams. While writing the book, the author has taken a succinct approach. In each chapter, he first narrates some hadiths from the Sunnis and then proceeds to narrate some hadiths from the Shiite sources. At the end of each chapter, he adds some qasidas praising and remembering the subjected person. The book is composed in 12 chapters to follow the number of the 12 Imams. It has two parts, in the order of the names of the 14 Impeccables, beginning with Muḥammad and continuing with Fātimah and the Imams to finish with the twelveth Imam. Each chapter begins with the name and the date and place of birth, followed by a detailed biographical account. It proceeds to list instances of their virtues, miracles, and honours, followed by an account of their parentage, ancestry, and children. This work has been translated into Persian by ʿAlī ibn Ḥasan Zavvāraʼī under the title of Tarjumat al-Manāqib.
Incipit: بسمله، حمدله،… اما بعد بر ارباب الباب مخفی نیست که غرض از خلقت عالم و آدم وجود با وجود سیّد بشر و ائمهٔ اثنی عشر است…
Explicit: … و کان اتمامه فی السادس عشر من شهر صفر ختم بالخیر و الظفر لسنه ثمان و ثلثین و تسعمائه علی ید… علی بن حسن الزواری… آمین یا رب العالمین. ||
Colophon: تمت الکتاب بعون الملک الوهاب فی سابع عشر شهر شعبانالمعظم سنه ست عشر الف من الهجره.
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Support: Oriental paper, plain and dark buff, regular thickness, one size, glossy; rubricated titles, rubricated line above Quranic verses and hadiths.
Dimensions (leaf): 35 × 21.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 25 × 14 cm.
Initial folios are edge mended.
25 lines per page; poems in four columns
Calligraphic Nastaʿalīq, one hand, regular
Additions: Rectangular stamp on f.1a: عبده [محمد] حسین . Stamp on f.1b removed. Rectangular stamp on f.285b: عبده [محمد] حسین . Rectangular stamp on f.286a: پروین… . Rectangular, illegible stamp.
Black leather, 36 × 22.5 cm, front + back cover, leather + pasteboard, honey-coloured leather doublure.
Painted, tooled edges
Simple tooling; medallion
The medallion has severely been destroyed over time.
Origin: Unknown place of origin; 17 Shaʿbān 1016 AH; 1607 CE
Provenance and Acquisition
Donated to The Ferdowsi Library by Dr Caro Minasian in 1972.