Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

IO Islamic 3716 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Romance of Amir Mukhtar Saqafi


1 copy of Mukhtār'nāmah

Anonymously written prose version of the romance of Amīr Abū Isḥāq Mukhtār ibn Abū ʿUbayd ibn Masʿūd al-S̲aqafī (d. 67/687), the ruler of Kufa, who challenged Umayyad and Zubayrid authority, while pursuing the named perpetrators of atrocities against Imām Abū ʿAbd Allāh al-Ḥusayn and his family

The work lacks a preface or introduction

Crude illuminated headpiece added later to opening, with outlined gold wash interlinear taḥrīr

Dated at end: completed during the night of Wednesday, 19 Muḥarram 1278/27 July 1861, by Aṣghar ʿAlī Bayg known as Sangī Bayg, for his singular friend Mirzā Khudā Bakhsh Bayg Khān

Language(s): Persian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 200 ff. (part foliated)
Dimensions (leaf): 285 × 170 mm.
Dimensions (written):



Origin: Wednesday, 19 Muḥarram 1278 AH; 27 July 1861 CE ; India


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