Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

IO Islamic 3786 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

Anderson Collection



Summary of Contents: Collection or majmūʿah of works on religion, ethics, prayers, aphorisms, horology, astronomy, and calligraphy. Fine nastaʿlīq calligraphy and illumination. Not dated. Scribe: Darvīsh Muḥammad Qāsim Shīrāzī. Several ownership seals and inscriptions, some obliterated.
1. ff. 4-23r

Story of the Prophet Mūsá's dialogue with Allāh on Mount Ṭūr

Illuminated opening (ff. 4v-5r) of superlative quality, but with some damage

Prefixed (ff. 1r-2v) with a later introduction to the manuscript's contents of little value or information, dated 20 April 1846

Language(s): Persian
2. ff. 23v-29r

Maxims and instructions on good governance, as part of the mirror of princes genre

The work is divided into 40 bāb grouped into 8 risālahs, followed by a conclusion or khātimah, which is lacking in this copy

Language(s): Persian

3. ff. 29v-39r

Sufi devotional work attributed to ʿAbd Allāh ibn Muḥammad Anṣārī al-Hiravī, which is distinct from his Munājāt

Illuminated opening (ff. 29v-30r) of superlative quality, but with some damage

Language(s): Persian
4. ff. 39v-44r

Brief treatise by an anonymous author on the Shīʿah tradition explaining the revelation of the Arabic prayer, Duʿāʾ Nādi ʿAlī, by Archangel Jibrāʾīl to the Prophet Muḥammad in battle, enumerating 40 virtues for invocations to ʿAlī, deemed the 'manifestation of marvels'

Language(s): Persian and Arabic

5. ff. 44r-52v

Brief manual of ṣūfī teachings

Language(s): Persian
6. ff. 53r-56v

Anonymously compiled collection of the aphorisms of sages, completed before the 1530s

The work is organised into 10 parts, each mentioning 10 points of merit, concluding with a khātimah, lacking in this copy

Language(s): Persian

7. ff. 56v-59r

Religious and ethical council in 40 points

Language(s): Persian
8. ff. 59r-65r
Language(s): Persian

Record of ʿAlī's replies to 40 questions raised by the King of Rūm, addressed to the Companions of the Prophet

9. ff. 65v-67v

Anonymous treatise possibly entitled Risālah fī aḥkām al-kavākib al-sabʿah, describing the negative and positive influences of the seven stars

Language(s): Persian
10. ff. 68r-69r

Essay on hours assigned to each planet over the course of seven days, attributed to Abū Maʿshar Balkhī

Language(s): Persian
11. ff. 69r-72r

Tractate in masnavi form on auspicious positions of the moon in relation to the 12 signs of the zodiac, usually attributed to Nāṣir al-Dīn Ṭūsī

Language(s): Persian
12. ff. 72r-74r

Untitled treatise on the interpretation of dreams, with phenomena organised in alphabetical order and omens associated with the same alphabetical letter

Language(s): Persian

13. ff. 74r-87r

Versified manual on the art and impliments of calligraphy, dated 920/1514

Scribe: Darvīsh Muḥammad Qāsim Shīrāzī

Language(s): Persian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 87 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 159 × 86 mm.
Dimensions (written):



Origin: 16th-17th centuries CE ; Iran and India

Record Sources

Based on unpublished description in Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts in the India Office Library, vol. 3. Available on British Library Digitised Manuscripts, manuscript number: MSS Eur E207/24_f034r


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