Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

IO Islamic 4041 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

Irvine Collection

Three works on raml

Contents

Collection of three works on raml or numerology from different dates and origins, most are defective or incomplete

Language(s): Persian

Physical Description

Form: codex

Hand(s)

History

Origin: 17th-18th centuries CE ; India

a

Contents

ff. 1v-9v

Versified treatise on raml or numerology and occult science through letters and numerology

Incomplete at end

Not dated and lacking colophon

No diagrams

Previous owner’s notes: 1) Bal Gobind; 2) Budh Rai; 3) SND (?) Das

Language(s): Persian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 9 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 245 × 180 mm.

History

Origin: 1650 - 1700 CE ; India

b

Contents

ff. 10r-37v

Treatise on raml or numerology and occult science through letters by Nāṣir ibn Muḥammad ibn Ḥaydar "Rummāl" Shīrāzī

The work describes itself as a mukhtaṣar, written at the suggestion of Ḥusayn ibn ʿAlī ʿAlavī, in refutation of Imām ʿAbd Allāh "Ibn al-Zanātī" (sic), addressing common falsehoods and the secretive tendency

Organised into 11 faṣl

Colophon (f. 37v): written by Pungav Lal, 57 (sic) July 1790

Annotations on raml making horoscopic prognostications (ff. 38r-40v)

Language(s): Persian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 27 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 245 × 180 mm.

History

Origin: July 1790 CE ; India

c

Contents

ff. 41r-54v

Untitled treatise in prose and verse on raml or numerology and occult science through letters, with special reference to the calculation of horoscopes

Endorsed with the title Tuḥfat al-asrār, which may not be original

Diagrams

Not dated

Annotations and tables (ff. 52r-54v) relating to months of the Indic luni-solar calendars; incomplete

Language(s): Persian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 14 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 245 × 180 mm.

History

Origin: 1775 - 1800 CE ; India

Additional Information

Availability

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Funding of Cataloguing

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