Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Or 16780 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

Oriental Manuscripts

Unidentified tafsir, Juz' 1-2, part


A commentary on Qur’ān Sūra 1, al-Fātiḥa, and on Sūra 2, al-Baqara, āyāt 1-222. No title or author’s name is given. The text is divided into two parts. There is a colophon at the end of Juz’ 1, followed by one blank folio; the commentary on Juz’ 2 commences with a preface. Persian speaking copyist; a note in Persian on f. 122r signals a lacuna (2:150-155) in the source text.

Colophon, f. 98r, at the end of Juz’ 1. This gives Dhū l-Ḥijja 1260/Dec. 1844-Jan 1845 as the date of composition and dated 25 Shavvāl 1311/1 May 1894 as the date of copying.

Neat riq‘a script. 19 lines. Qur’ānic text written in red. Slightly yellowish laid paper. 175 folios. 203 x 127 mm.; text area 136 x 73 mm. Modern red morocco binding.

Purchased from Mr A. Al Shakri, 18 November 2009.

Language(s): Persian & Arabic

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 175 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 203 × 127 mm.
Dimensions (written):



Origin: 25 Shavvāl 1311 AH; 1 May 1894 CE ; Iran or India

Record Sources

Based on unpublished description in M.I. Waley, Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts acquired 2000-2014.


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