Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

IO Islamic 3875 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Baharistan of Jami


1 copy of Bahāristān by Jāmī

Well known work in verse and prose on Islamic ethics and mystical themes organised into 8 rawz̤ah, written in response to the Gulistān of Saʿdī at the court of the Timurid ruler, Sulṭān Ḥusayn, at Herat

Transcribed in very fine calligraphic nastaʿlīq-i khafī; text panels illuminated with fine zar afshānī; decorated double-page opening (ff. 1v-2r) with interlinear taḥrīr, illuminated sarlawḥ and ʿunvān (f. 1v); multiple coloured and gilt rulings (several damaged by corrosion, causing text panels to detach)

Not dated or scribe identified in colophon (f. 101v)

Neat scholarly corrections and annotations in margins, cropped

Owner's seal and inscription (f. 1r): 1) al-ʿabd Niẓām al-Dīn Aḥmad bin Muḥammad [Muq]īm; 2) Allāhu akbar, [dā]khil-i kutub-i faqīr shud, al-ʿabd al-z̤aʿīf Niẓām al-Dīn-i Muḥammad Muqīm ʿafī ʿanhu

IOL stamp 17 Nov 1911

Date of possible rebinding: IOL 23 Sep 1914

Language(s): Persian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 101 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 165 × 105 mm.
Dimensions (written):



Origin: 16th century CE ; Iran or India


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