Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

IO Islamic 3971 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

Irvine Collection

Zikr al-siyar


1 copy of Z̲ikr al-siyar by Ghulām Ḥusayn Khān ibn Muḥammad Himmat Khān

History of Mogul or Timurid Empire, from Nādir Shāh's sack of Delhi in 1151/1738-9 to the end of Shāh ʿĀlam's reign, in 1221/1806

The title is an abjad-based tāʾrīkh (yielding 1221)

Single work in 2 fascicules bound together

Not dated at end

Language(s): Persian

Transcribed by order of G. J. Nicholls, Judge at Farrukhabad, from a manuscript obtained from Agra

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: 2 fascicules of different dimensions
Extent: 338 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 270 × 170 mm.
Dimensions (leaf): 254 × 160 mm.


Rough nastaʿlīq in watery ink; different hands




Origin: 1897 - 1898 CE Benares (Varanasi) ; India

Provenance and Acquisition

William Irvine

Muḥammad ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz of Bhitrī


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Based on unpublished description in Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts in the India Office Library, vol. 3.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


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