Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

MS. Laud Or. 283 (Bodleian Library, Oxford University)

Oriental Manuscripts

Laud Oriental Collection


Summary of Contents: One complete copy of a غراٸب الصغر Ġarā'ibu l-ṣiġar, the first of the Chaghatay dīwāns of مير على شير نوائى Mīr ‘Alī Šēr Nawā'ī's four-part series, خزاٸن المعانی Ḫazā'inu l-ma‘ānī. Lacks the mixed poetical/prose dēbāča which accompanies some versions of the text.
Title: Ġarā'ibu l-ṣiġar
Title: Gharā'ib al-ṣighar
Title: غراٸب الصغر
Language(s): Chaghatay
Filiation: There are three other, partial copies of this work in the Asian and Middle Eastern Collections of Oxford's Bodleian Libraries: MS. Elliot 90, MS. Elliot 91, and MS. Turk. c. 7.


Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 304 folios
Dimensions: 26.4 × 17.1 cm.


Two colums of 15 lines each per page.


Script: Nastaʻlīq. Scribe unknown.

Additions: Copious notes on folio 1a in later hands.


Origin: Place of origin unknown. Dated 24 Ša‘bān 915 AH; 7 December 1509 CE.

Provenance and Acquisition

The Library of Archbishop William Laud, d. 1645.

Donated to the Bodleian Library by Archbishop William Laud, 1635-41.

Record Sources

Manuscript description based on: Beeston, A. F. L. (Alfred Felix Landon); Ethé, Hermann, 1844-1917.; Sachau, Eduard, 1845-1930; Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford; at the Clarendon Press 1889-1953


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