Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Or 15922 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

Oriental Manuscripts

Jamiʻ-i ʻAbbasi


1 copy of Jāmiʻ-i ʻAbbāsī by ʻĀmilī, Bahāʾ al-Dīn Muḥammad ibn Ḥusayn, 1547-1621

A general treatise on Shī‘a jurisprudence. By Bahā’ al-Dīn ‘Āmilī (d. 1030/1621).

For references to this author see E. Kohlberg, ‘Bahā’-al-Dīn ‘Āmelī, Shaikh Moḥammad b. Hosayn Bahā’ī’, EIr III, p. 429-30. Other BL copies: Add. 23578 (Rieu I pp. 25-6).

Language(s): Persian with some Arabic

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Thin beige paper; light worm damage in the margins, and light moisture staining throughout.
Extent: 129ff. Original foliation, f. 1-3 only.
Dimensions (leaf): 228 × 158 mm.
Dimensions (written): 180 × 96 mm.



15 lines per page.


Neat naskhī; Arabic texts being vocalised. The copyist’s name is not entirely legible, but begins ‘Shaykh’ and includes two personal names, the second possibly being Yaḥyà.


Red headings and overlining. No text frames.


A few notes in margins; front and end flyleaves, owners’ scribbles; f. 129v, inscription, mainly deleted, giving the name of the work and the number of folios as 130.


Brown leather binding with blind-tooled border lines; spine with raised bands, in need of repair.

Seal impression of Aḥmad ibn Muḥammad Ḥusaynī (ff. 1r and 128v).


Origin: 18 Sha‘bān 1050 AH; 3 December 1640 CE ; India?

Provenance and Acquisition


Purchased at Bonhams and Brooks auction, 17 October 2002, Lot 85 (1 of 4 MSS).

Record Sources

Based on unpublished description in M.I. Waley, Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts acquired 2000-2014.


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