Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Or 15638 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

Oriental Manuscripts

Khayr al-mava‘iz


1 copy of Khayr al-mavā‘iẓ by Sharīf al-Raḍī, Muḥammad ibn al-Ḥusayn, 969 or 970-1016

A continuous section, each separate text being followed by a Persian translation, of Nahj al-balāghah, the compilation in Arabic of discourses and letters of, or attributed to, the Caliph and Imam ʻAlī ibn Abī Ṭālib (d. 40/661), probably compiled by al-Sharīf al-Raḍī.

The title and copyist's and/or author's name appears in gilt print on spine, as follows: Khayr al-mavā‘iẓ / bi-qalam-i Mawlavī Muḥammad Salām Allah Ṣāḥib-i marḥūm.

The contents of the present manuscript correspond to part of the facsimile edition of a manuscript in the Āyat Allāh Najafī Mar‘ashī Library, Qum. The manuscript ends with the translation of a letter to Mu‘āviyah found on pp. 245-8 of the facsimile. Hence the Arabic contents of the manuscript correspond to those of about 25 of the 330 pages in the facsimile.

Language(s): Arabic and Persian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 152 ff (plus 2 at the end with text frames and gilt text area).
Dimensions (leaf): 273 × 155 mm.


Margins are damaged by worms throughout.


Persian in good nastaʿlīq, Arabic text in good vocalised naskhī.


Text frames: red, black, gold, black, black, blue; blue. Illuminated heading, with floral tīghs in somewhat Ottoman-looking style, in gold, black, slate blue and maroon.



19th century maroon and black morocco binding, in European style but unmistakably Indian, with four gilt margin lines.

Seal impression f. 1r.


Origin: 19th century CE ; India

Provenance and Acquisition


Purchased August 2000

Record Sources

Based on unpublished description in M.I. Waley, Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts acquired 2000-2014.


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