Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Persian MS 1006 (The John Rylands Research Institute and Library, The University of Manchester)

Persian Manuscripts


Summary of Contents: This third of four incomplete volumes of the Razmnāmah (Book of Battles) a Persian translation of the Mahābhārata, contains the eighth to thirteenth Parva. Translated at the behest of the Mughal ruler Akbar I (b. 1542, r. 1566–1605) starting in 990 AH (1582–83 CE) by four scholars, chiefly Ibn ʿAbd al-Laṭīf Ḥusaynī Naqīb-K̲h̲ān (d. ca. 1614), as well as ʻAbd al-Qādir Badāʼūnī (ca. 1540–1615), Muḥammad Sulṭān Thānīsārī fl. late 16th c, and Mullā S̲h̲īrī (d. ca. 1586), to which the vizier Abū al-Faz̤l (1551–1602) added a preface. One of two sets of this work previously held in the Chetham Library, Manchester.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Dimensions (leaf): × mm.
Dimensions (written): × mm.









Provenance and Acquisition

Previously held in the Chetham Library, Manchester.

Purchased in 1981 by the John Rylands Library, together with other oriental manuscripts for £2000 .

Record Sources

Manuscript description by Jake Benson in 2023 .


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Funding of Cataloguing

The John Rylands Research Institute and Library

The Soudavar Memorial Foundation


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