Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

IO Islamic 4048 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

Irvine Collection

Divan-i Barhaman


1 copy of Dīvān-i Barhaman

Collected works of an unidentified nineteenth-century poet, possibly from Bengal, but not to be confused with the seventeenth-century poet, translator, administrator and Vedantist philosopher, Munshīʾ Chandarbhān Lāhawrī "Barhaman," the rāy-rāyān of Mughal Emperor Shāh Jahān I (d. 1666) and assistant to Prince Dārā Shukūh (d. 1659)

Work lacks additional conventional or contextual information, such as a title, preface, or colophon. However, there are references to the Bengali faṣlī dates 1244 / 1828-9 and 1253 / 1837-8, to Calcutta (Kolkata), and to a certain European name M-G-Ā-T-N, which Storey reads as Macnaughten (Sir William Macnaughten, d. 1841)

Consists of ghazalīyāt, rubāʿīyāt, tarkīb band, tawshīḥāt, tavārīkh, dū abyāt, and mutafarriqah (afrād, abyāt)

Mutafarriqah section is prefixed with an interesting statement denouncing a certain Munnū Lāl (f. 128r), a former pupil of the poet

Not dated

Language(s): Persian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 134 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 160 × 240 mm.


Neat nastaʿlīq




Origin: 1800 - August 1908 CE ; India

Provenance and Acquisition

William Irvine


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Based on unpublished description in Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts in the India Office Library, vol. 3.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 E207/15 15_294r


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