Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Or 16449 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

Oriental Manuscripts

Qarabadin of Shifa'i


1 copy of Kitāb-i Qarābādīn by Shifāʼī, Muẓaffar ibn Muḥammad, -1555 or 1556

A well-known dictionary of compound medicaments (murakkabat). By Muẓaffar ibn Muḥammad Ḥusaynī Shifā’ī Kāshānī, known as Shifā’ī (d. 963/1556). For details, and a list of manuscripts and printed editions, see Storey PL II/2 E, pp. 245-6; Munzavī, FNKhF I, pp. 580-1.

Other BL manuscripts: Add. 23558, f. 306-361, Add. 26310 (Rieu BM II, pp. 852, 473); I.O. Islamic 1208, 1949 (defective), and 2367 (defective; see Ethé IOL I, cols. 1264-5).

Begins: Basmala ‘al-Ḥamd li-Llāh al-‘Alīm al-Ḥakīm Va l-ṣalāt ‘alà man ūtiya l-ḥikma va l-Kitāb al-Karīm ... Ammā ba‘d Bar naẓar-i arbāb-i ḥazq pūshīda namānad ki faqīr-i ḥaqīr Muẓaffar ibn Muḥammad al-Ḥusaynī al-Shifā’ī dar muddat-i madīd tarkībī chand dar mu‘ālajat-i amrāż’

Ends: ‘Sharāb-i anār-i ‘azb Az har (yak?) (sī?) misqāl ‘asal-i ṣāf ba-qadr-i iḥtiyāj ba-ṭarīq-i ma‘hūd ma‘jun sāzand sharbatī yakmisqāl ba‘d az chihil rūz Tammat’

Other contents: 1r, a bayt of mystical verse; 1r-1v, medicinal formulae; 99v-101v, an extract from a treatise on ophthalmology, briefly describing symptoms and treatments.

Undated: 13th/19th century.

Nasta‘līq. 17 lines. Red headings. Some folios tinted blue, others beige. Paper changes near end. 101 folios. 217 x 124 mm.; text lines 170 x 90 mm. Limp black goatskin covers.

Purchased from Mr H. T. Mohamad, 5 December 2007.

Language(s): Persian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 101 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 217 × 124 mm.
Dimensions (written):



Origin: 19th century CE ; India or Iran

Record Sources

Based on unpublished description in M.I. Waley, Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts acquired 2000-2014.


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