Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

IO Islamic 3995 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

Irvine Collection

Timurid / Mughal manual


1 copy of Bayāz̤-i intiẓām-i salṭanat-i ʿālīyah-'i Tīmūrīyah

Anonymously-compiled collection of texts, 10 in number, on regulations and conventions of the Timurid or Mughal Empire

According to Storey, this is not a formal work

Included at the end (f. 14r) is an older diagrammatic plan (possibly extracted from the original manuscript), showing the arrangement of the umarāʾ, khavvāṣ, and mutaṣaddiyān around the dawlat khānah-yi khāṣṣ va ʿāmm in the reign of Emperor Muḥammad Shāh. The site is not recorded, but it is not unlike the dīvān-i khāṣṣ va ʿāmm courtyards of Akbarābād (Agra) or Shāhjahānābād (Delhi) forts. Rare.

Language(s): Persian

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

Filiation: Copied from an original manuscript belonging to the library of Mīrzā Bulāqī shāhzādah-yi marḥūm ibn Mīrzā Ḥājjī ibn Mīrzā Jahāndār Shāh (Emperor Jahāndār Shāh II) khalaf-i arshad-i Shāh ʿĀlam Pādshāh, at Benares (Varanasi)

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 14 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 165 × 255 mm.


Rough nastaʿlīq

. Scribe: Muḥammad ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz of Bhitrī




Origin: 8 October 1909 CE ; 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Based on unpublished description in Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts in the India Office Library, vol. 3.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_f229r


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