Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

IO Islamic 3975 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

Irvine Collection



1 copy of Razmistān by Amar Singh "Khvush Dil"

Title: Razmistān

Alternative title stated on title page: Shāh'nāmah-'i Hind muṣannifahu Amīr (sic) Singh

Versified (mas̲navī) account imitating Firdawsī's Shāhnāmah, narrating Indian history, especially from the British period

According to the short prose dībāchah, the work was completed at Benares (Varanasi) on 10 Z̲ū al-ḥijjah 1211/1797, and written at the request of Mr Alexander Duncan (Mistar Alig Zandar Dankayn Ṣāḥib Muẓaffar Jang), the nāẓim or governor of Benares

Not dated

Language(s): Persian

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

Filiation: Copied at Moradabad from a manuscript in the library of Mīrzā Naṣīr al-Dīn Ḥaydar Bayg (Beg)

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 50 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 210 × 340 mm.


Very inelegant nastaʿlīq

in watery ink




Origin: 1896 CE Murādābād (Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh) ; 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Based on unpublished description in Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts in the India Office Library, vol. 3.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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