Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

MS. Marsh 179 (Bodleian Library, Oxford University)

Oriental Manuscripts



Summary of Contents: One autograph (?) copy of a trilingual Ottoman Turkish, Latin, and Hungarian poetic risāle in praise of Islam by Murād the Interpreter.

Language(s): Ottoman Turkish, Hungarian, and Latin, all three in both Latin and Arabic script

Rubric: دیباچه در سبب تالیف رساله
Incipit: بسم الله الرحم الرحیم
Incipit: چو بسم الله ایله سوره کیرلدی
پس آنی دڭلمك لازم کورلدی

A prose note in three languages on folio 3a identifies the text and suggests it is an autograph, whence the Ottoman Turkish reads: بو رساله اوج دیل اوزره منظوم تطبیق اولنمشدر ترجمان مراد الندن ترجمه اتمك و یازمق یونندن

A facsimile of this manuscript is available in Babinger et al., 1927.

Language(s): Ottoman Turkish, Hungarian, and Latin, all three in both Latin and Arabic script


Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 22 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 28.6 × 20.3 cm.


2 columns of 15 lines per page on folios 1b-3a.

3 columns of 27 lines per page (13 interlinear Arabic-script lines) on folios 3b-22a.


Script (Arabic): Nesta‘līḳ in black in with red ink for headings and prose notes. Script (Latin): Minimally cursive Renaissance bastard hand. Scribe: likely the author, Murād the Interpreter.


Account keeping in Ottoman Turkish for what appear to be kitchenware items in the margins of folio 3a.


Origin: Babinger (1927: 42) argues that this manuscript is an autograph copy by Murād the Interpreter himself, and dates it on the basis of the text to May 1580 and 5 December 1582 CE.

Provenance and Acquisition

The Library of Archbishop Narcissus Marsh, d. 1713.

The Marsh bequest entered the Bodleian Library in 1714.

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