Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Or 15664 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

Oriental Manuscripts

Badaʼiʻ al-akhbar


1 copy of Badā’i‘ al-akhbār by ʻImād al-Dīn ibn Khusraw al-Ḥusaynī al-Haravī

A didactic mas̲navī poem, with a preface in prose. In the preface (f. 1v-2r) the author gives his name as ʿImād al-Dīn ibn Khusraw al-Ḥusaynī al-Haravī and states that the full title of the work, Badā’i‘ al-akhbār-i ‘Imād, is a chronogram for the year in which it was begun. Accordingly, the date would appear to be 1037/1627-8.

‘Imād al-Dīn’s work begins with an exordium and munājāt, and contains a number of brief tales concerning the lovesick, ascetics, saints, women, and suchlike. Down to f. 17r each episode has a descriptive heading. The total length of the poem is reckoned by the author as 1634 bayts.

Other contents: f. 55r-56r, a qaṣīda in 30 bayts, in praise of one Mas‘ūd Khān; 1r, owner's inscription giving the title of the text and the price paid for the manuscript.

Language(s): Persian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 56 ff. (plus 6 blank)
Dimensions (leaf): 232 × 150 mm.
Dimensions (written): 190 × 110 mm.


16 lines in 2 columns.




Headings and line dividers (four dots) in red.



Modern boards, Rafiq Binding Works, Karachi.


Origin: 3 Zu 'l-Qaʻdah 1277 AH; 13 May 1861 CE ; India

Provenance and Acquisition


Purchased at Christies sale 12 October 2000, part of lot 223.

Record Sources

Based on unpublished description in M.I. Waley, Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts acquired 2000-2014.


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