Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

IO Islamic 3877 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Minhaj al-'arifin


1 copy of Minhāj al-ʿārifīn

Brief treatise on moralistic sayings and advice, attributed in the colophon to Sayyid ʿAlī Hamadānī

Illuminated throughout, ornamental borders, ruled margins, and gold flecking or zar afshānī on alternating coloured papers; large calligraphic nastaʿlīq; later inferior ʿunvān (f. 1v)

Colophon date, 847 (1443-4), may be spurious. More likely to date to the seventeenth century

Scribe: Muḥammad Qāsim

Language(s): Persian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 9 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 245 × 146 mm.
Dimensions (written):



Origin: 17th 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Based on unpublished description in Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts in the India Office Library, vol. 3.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 E207/2_f032r


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