Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 64B (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Mukhtasar of Majlisi, juz' 2


1 copy of a work by Majlisī, Muḥammad Taqī ibn Maqṣūd ʻAlī, 1594 or 5-1659 or 60

Abridged translation, here entitled Mukhtaṣar, by Muḥammad Taqī Majlisī based on a larger Arabic treatise on Shīʿī doctrine by the early scholar Abū Jaʿfar Muḥammad ibn ʿAlī ibn Ḥusayn ibn Mūsá ibn Bābūyah (Bābavayh) Qummī

The present volume consists of juzʾ 2

Multiple dated colophons (ff. 174r, 377r, 457r): 1) 1 Shavvāl 1215/15 February 1801 by Fayz̤ Allāh; 2) Rabīʿ al-S̲ānī 1107 (sic, read 1207)/16 November 1792 by Fayz̤ Allāh; 3) 1 Muḥarram 1200/4 November 1785

Some replacement folios added later in shikastah, otherwise the volume is in a simple rounded naskh hand

Gilt and polychrome rulings; crude illuminated headpieces added later

Creased, crumpled, and torn; severely damaged by fungal and water stains; unbound; very fragile

Language(s): Persian & Arabic

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 457 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 314 × 211 mm.
Dimensions (written):



Origin: 1 Muḥarram 1200-1 Shavvāl 1215 (4 August 1785 - 15 February 1801) AH ; India or Iran


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