Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Persian MS 196 (The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester)

Persian Manuscripts


Summary of Contents: Mir‘āt al-Asrār (Mirror of Secrets) by ʻAbd al-Raḥmān Chishtī

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 948 folios, (ff. 948).
Dimensions (leaf): 325 × 220 mm.



Origin: ‘14 Jumādà I’ with the year omitted; probably late 18th century

Provenance and Acquisition

Formerly part of the collection of Persian scholar Nathaniel Bland (1803–1865), after whose death London antiquarian dealer Bernard Quaritch (1819–1899) sold his oriental manuscripts to Alexander Lindsay, 25th Earl of Crawford (1812–1880) in 1866.

Purchased by Enriqueta Rylands (1843–1908) in 1901 from James Ludovic Lindsay, 26th Earl of Crawford (1847–1913).

Bequeathed by Enriqueta Rylands (1843–1908) in 1908 to the John Rylands Library.

Record Sources

Bibliographical description based on an index created by Reza Navabpour circa 1993, derived from a manuscript catalogue by Michael Kerney, circa 1890s concisely published as Bibliotheca Lindesiana, Hand-list of Oriental Manuscripts: Arabic, Persian, Turkish in 1898.


The manuscript is available for consultation by any accredited reader, see Becoming a Reader for details. Please contact uml.special-collections@manchester.ac.uk for further information on the availability of this manuscript.

Funding of Cataloguing

Iran Heritage Foundation and The John Rylands Research Institute


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