Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

IO Islamic 3732 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Translation of Ibn Khallikan’s Vafayat & a history of Sultan Jalal al-Din


Summary of Contents: Collection of works on early biography of the Islamicate Middle East and the conquest of Hindustan; some lacunae; later replacement leaves at beginning and end; provenance possibly connected with the Avadh Royal Library (see library annotations); IOL stamp: 7 Sep. 1907; transferred seal impressions; seal of Muḥammad Ṣanʿat Allāh Khān 1182; inscribed by Mirzā ʿAlī Khān Bahādur
1. ff. 1v-304v

Untitled Persian translation of Ibn Khallikan’s influential biographical collection, the Vafayāt al-aʿyān va anbāʾ abnāʾ al-zamān, commissioned by the Ghaznavid ruler, Sultan Mahmud from Yūsuf ibn Aḥmad ibn Muḥammad ibn ʿUs̲mān ibn ʿAlī ibn Aḥmad al-Shujāʿ al-Sanjarī, and completed in 250 fascicules or juzv (f. 304v)

Two volumes bound together as one

Not dated

Language(s): Persian
2. ff. 305r-636r

Unidentified universal history, extending from the rise of Islamic to the reign of Sulṭān Jalāl al-Dīn

Account ends abruptly without conclusion or colophon

Language(s): Persian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 636 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 255 × 175 mm.
Dimensions (written):



Origin: 16th century CE ; India or Iran


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