Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RAS Persian 158. (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)

Persian Manuscripts


1 copy of Sharaf Namah by Bidlīsī, Sharaf Khān, b. 1543

Folio 1, recto: Presented by Sir John Malcolm May 19. 1827 On cream-coloured European paper. Ardalani's addition occupies ff34-40 of the MS, following Sharaf Khan's passage on the Ardalan chiefs. It is written on blue watermarked paper, probably Russian and has a colophon dated Rajab 1225. At the top of f34a is a note, presumably in the hand of John Malcolm: Sup[p]lement sent to me by the Waly of Ardalan. Under the colophon, also presumably by Malcolm: Finis. A history of the Kurds. Misbound into this MS is a supplement by Muhammad Ibrahim b, Mulla Muhammad Husain Ardalani, briefly giving the history of the Kurdish governors of Ardalan up to 1225. See notes. Headings and punctuation in red.

Incipit: Wa 'alaihi tawakkaltu innahu malikun karimun (Differs from the incipit given in Rieu.)
Language(s): Persian


Storey, i, pp. 366-9.
Rieu, i, p 208-9.
Morley gives a very detailed description.
(Storey lists no other copy of Ardalani's continuation.)

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: Folios, 287
Dimensions (leaf): 12 × 8.5 in.


17 and 18 lines on a page


Nasta'liq and Shikastah Amiz. The MS appears to have been copied from one in a confused state. There are some gaps. The name of a copyist, 'Abdallah son of Mulla Shaikh appears on f155a. The final portion of the work now starts on f164b and ends with f185. See (Morley's?) pencilled notes, and those on ff209b, 210a, 211a, 215a, 227b, 228a, 287b.


Brown leather Eastern binding with blind-tooling and coloured stamped decoration.


Provenance and Acquisition

Presented by Sir John Malcolm.


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