Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

IO Islamic 4049 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

Irvine Collection

'Abd al-Qadir Khan, autobiography


1 copy of a work by ʿUmdat al-ʿUlamāʾ Dabīr al-Dawlah Ṣādiq al-Mulk Mawlānā ʿAbd al-Qādir Khān Bahādur S̲ābit Jang

No title state in work

Author simply identified in text as ʿAbd al-Qādir ibn Muḥammad Akram. However, the author's fuller title is stated only on the title page

Autobiography of a late Timurid or Mughal bureaucrat and religious scholar of Ajmer and Jabalpur (b. 24 Z̤ū al-Ḥijjah 1196 / 30 November 1782, at Moradabad)

The work appears to have been composed late in the author's life, with the year 1831 being mentioned as "the current year." However, the narrative extends only until 1825

Some details, such as the names of European officers are not remembered; Captain James Tod is an exception

Numerous digressions on the ʿulamāʾ of Lucknow, Moradabad and its environs, governors of Ajmer, the dargāh of the saint Muʿīn al-Dīn Chishtī, Gond Maharajahs of Jabalpur, and so on

Large lacuna in narrative (f. 35r), jumping from 1225 / 1805 to July 1818. Similar lacuna on f. 96v

Not dated

Language(s): Persian
Filiation: Copied from a manuscript belonging to the library of Mīrzā ʿAlī Riz̤ā Bayg, Moradabad

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 113 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 153 × 225 mm.


Rough nastaʿlīq

in watery ink. Scribe: Muḥammad ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz




Origin: 1895 - November 1896 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Based on unpublished description in Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts in the India Office Library, vol. 3.


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