Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

IO Islamic 3907 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

Irvine Collection

'Amal-i Salih


1 copy of ʿAmal-i Ṣāliḥ by Muḥammad Ṣāliḥ Kanbū Lāhawrī

Alternative title: Shāhjahānnāmah

An abridged history of the genealogy, princehood, succession, and reign of the Mughal Emperor Shāh Jahān (d. 1666).

Early portions of this account (up to year 11) are based on earlier (abrogated) official Pādshāhnāmahs, especially works by Muḥammad Amīn Qazvīnī and Mīrzā Jalāl al-Dīn Muḥammad Ṭabāṭabāʾī

Later portions of this account (years 11-31) are based on later official Pādshāhnāmahs, especially works by Shaykh ʿAbd al-Ḥamīd Lāhawrī and Muḥammad Vāris̲ Vāris̲ Khān

The account concludes with important information of the emperor's overthrow by Prince Awrangzīb, later ʿĀlamgīr Pādshāh I (d. 1707)

Language(s): Persian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 597 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 310 × 240 mm.


Fairly clear nastaʿlīq


Marginal notes in W. Irvine's hand.



Origin: 1700 - 1800 CE ; India

Provenance and Acquisition

William Irvine


William Irvine

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Based on unpublished description in Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts in the India Office Library, vol. 3.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 E207/6_f097r


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