Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

IO Islamic 4018 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

Irvine Collection

Letters, Rashiduddin Khan Dihlavi


1 copy of Ruqaʿāt by Muḥammad Rashīd al-Dīn Khān Dihlavī

Title: Ruqaʿāt
Title: رقعات

Collection of official and private letters by Muḥammad Rashīd al-Dīn, composed in 1213, for the benefit of ‘ikhvān al-ṣafāʾ va umarāy va bā vafā va sulṭān-i zamān’

Comprising a preface and 22 letters, mostly generic, but several with details of historical and social interest. According to William Irvine, the letters are ‘Of no historical value[,] only examples of insha pardazi’.

Copied at the behest of George Jasper Nicholls from an original lent by ‘Shahzada Mirza Riaz-u-din urf Mirza Shabie (or Shabir) of Benares’

Language(s): Persian

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Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 19 ff
Dimensions (leaf): 253 × 165 mm.


Rough, bold nastaʿlīq


Origin: 14 February 1892 CE ; India

Provenance and Acquisition

William Irvine


William Irvine


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