Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 981* (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Treatise on astrology


Untitled work on astrology and cosmology, by an unnamed author active around the mid sixteenth century.

The work bears an endorsement at the beginning as the Ḥawz̤ al-ḥayāt, but a further note throws doubt on this by calling the title mashkūk (suspicious).

The work begins with a muqaddimah and follows with two maqālah, each subdivided into two qism. The work lacks a conclusion.

The work has many informally sketched diagrams.

Not dated at end; datable to early eighteenth century.

Rough nastaʿlīq.

Stamped foliation.

Only one board from the binding survives (marbled paper with leather edging). Delaminating doubleur exposing inner matter.

Condition fragile.

Language(s): Persian and Arabic

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 53 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 182 × 125 mm.
Dimensions (written):



Origin: 18th century CE ; India


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