Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

IO Islamic 3978 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

Irvine Collection

Zikr al-siyar


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

Abridged version of an earlier history of the same name covering the Timurid or Mughal Empire, from Nādir Shāh's sack of Delhi in 1151/1738-9 to the end of Emperor Shāh ʿĀlam's reign, in 1221 / 1806

The prose of this version simplifies the earlier rhetorical style

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

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
Extent: 187 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 205 × 330 mm.


Inelegant nastaʿlīq. Scribe: Muḥammad ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz of Bhitrī




Origin: 1891 CE Ghazipur ; 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Based on unpublished description in Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts in the India Office Library, vol. 3.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


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