Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

IO Islamic 3982 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

Irvine Collection

Bahr al-mavvaj, fragment


1 copy of Baḥr al-mavvāj by Muḥammad ʿAlī Khān Anṣārī

Fragment of the universal history with special reference to India, Baḥr al-mavvāj by Muḥammad ʿAlī Khān Anṣārī (incorrectly identified on title page as Akhbār al-salāṭīn)

Extract consists of baḥr 6 with is account for Timurid or Mughal rulers, extending from Nādir Shāh's invasion to the departure of Aḥmad Shāh Durrānī for Qandahar and his demise there

The work has been considered to be identical with the Tārīkh-i Muẓaffarī, also by the same author, produced to gain the patronage of the Nawab of Bengal and Orissa. However, according to Storey, the present work is distinguished by its tripartite division into volumes

Script: rough nastaʿlīq

Scribe: Muḥammad ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz

Colophon (f. 33r): completed at Benares, 8 June 1895

Copied at William Irvine's request from a manuscript in the library or kutubkhānah of Mahārājah Prabū Narāyan Singh Ṣāḥib Bahādur the Kashi Naresh, with the aid of Mr Robert (Mistar Rābart), Commissioner and Agent of the Governor-General Bahādur for the division of Benares

Notes by William Irvine at beginning and end

Language(s): Persian

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Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 33 ff
Dimensions (leaf): 278 × 175 mm.


Rough nastaʿlīq. Scribe: Muḥammad ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz



Origin: 8 June 1895 CE Benares ; India

Provenance and Acquisition

William Irvine


William Irvine


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