Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Or 15588 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

Oriental Manuscripts

Mavahib-i ʻAliyah


1 copy of Mavāhib-i ʻalīyah by Ḥusayn ibn ʻAlī Vāʻiẓ Kāshifī

The second and last volume of a manuscript of the Qur’ānic commentary in Persian by Kamāl al-Dīn Ḥusayn ibn ‘Alī Vā‘iẓ Kāshifī (d. 910/1499-1500), also known as Tafsīr-i Ḥusaynī.

Begins with the opening of Sūrat Maryam (XIX).

Other contents: f. 1r, owner’s inscription praising God and blessing the Prophet; f. 335r, three small number squares in margin, probably talismanic; f. 335v, two circular seal impressions, both almost completely obscured.

Copied at Herat by Khvājah Jān ibn Khvājah Khvurd. The passage containing the year of copying has been partly lost and then re-written, but the date is almost certainly 5 Zū l-Ḥijja 953/27 January 1547.

Language(s): Persian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 335 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 240 × 180 mm.


Good small naskhī. Scribe: Khvājah Jān ibn Khvājah Khvurd


Arabic vocalised and overlined in red; Surah headings in large red naskhī. Text frames: black, gold, black, black, black, gold, black, black, blue. Fine quarter-page gold and polychrome illuminated heading, f. 1v, with heading in white.



Modern binding in green leather with blind ornamentation.


Origin: 5 Zū'l-Ḥijja 953 AH; 27 January 1547 CE ; Herat

Provenance and Acquisition



Record Sources

Based on unpublished description in M.I. Waley, Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts acquired 2000-2014.


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