Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

IO Islamic 4002 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

Irvine Collection

Istisal-i Sadat-i Barahah


1 copy of Istīṣāl-i sādāt-i Bārahah by Munavvar ʿAlī Khān

Copy of lengthy letter of response, originally composed by Sirāj al-Dīn ʿAlī Khān "Ārzū" (d. 1169 / 1756), ordered by the Timurid or Mughal ruler, Emperor Muḥammad Shāh (r. 1131-61 / 1719-48), answering a question raised by the nominal Ṣafavid ruler, Shāh Ṭahmāsp II (r. 1135-44 / 1722-31), describing the careers and decline of the Bārahah (Bārah) sayyids, Sayyid Ḥusayn ʿAlī Khān and Sayyid ʿAbd Allāh Khān

Brief explanatory dībāchah included at beginning (ff. 1v-2v)

Not dated

Language(s): Persian

Transcribed by order of G. J. Nicholls, Judge at Farrukhabad, from a manuscript obtained from AgraCopied from an original manuscript belonging to the library of

Filiation: Copied from a manuscript in the Khuda Bakhsh Library, Patna

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 18 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 175 × 270 mm.


Rough, but clear nastaʿlīq




Origin: 1894 CE ; India

Provenance and Acquisition

William Irvine

Shaykh [Muḥammad] ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz of Bhitrī (Saidpur, Ghazipur District)


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Based on unpublished description in Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts in the India Office Library, vol. 3.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 6_164r


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