Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

IO Islamic 3831 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Three divans for mainly Timurid poets


Collection of three divans for mainly Timurid poets, in neat nastaʿlīq, with original rulings and mediocre ʿunvāns

1. ff. 1-214

Collection of poems by the celebrated Timurid poet, Kamāl Khujandī, consisting of eulogies or qaṣāʾid and lyrics or ghazals

The present manuscript commences with a rare preface in a wrought style

Crudely illuminated ʿunvān at beginning

Language(s): Persian
Title: Dīvān
Title: ديوان
2. ff. 215v-288
Title: Dīvān
Title: ديوان

Collection of poems by the Timurid poet, Khvājah Āṣaf Hiravī, consisting of lyrics or ghazals only

Illuminated ʿunvān at beginning effaced

Language(s): Persian
3. ff. 289-318
Title: Dīvān

Extensive collection of poems in diverse forms and genres by the poet Muḥammad Ṣāliḥ, whose identity and date of activity is not clear

The poet may have composed the masnavi Nāz va niyāz in 930/1524

Defective at end

Language(s): Persian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 318 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 238 × 159 mm.
Dimensions (written):



Origin: 16th century CE ; India or Iran

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Based on unpublished description in Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts in the India Office Library, vol. 3.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 E207/18_f012r


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