Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

IO Islamic 3870 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Valad'namah of Sultan Valad


1 copy of Valad'nāmah by Sulṭān Valad

Early near-complete manuscript of a hagiographic masnavi, incorrectly labelled here as Rabāb'nāmah, also known as the Ibtidāʾ'nāmah, written in imitation of Rumi's Mas̲navī-'i maʿnavī

Defective at beginning and end

Script: early scholarly naskh

Text corresponds with another BL copy. Opening (f. 1r) corresponds to Delhi Persian 1263, f. 6v, line 7, columns 3-4. Ending (f. 237v) corresponds to Delhi Persian 1263, f. 101r, line 4, columns 3-4

Language(s): Persian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 237 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 235 × 159 mm.
Dimensions (written):



Origin: 14th century CE ; Anatolia 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Based on unpublished description in Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts in the India Office Library, vol. 3.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_f053r


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