Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RAS Persian 355 (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)

Persian Manuscripts


1 copy of Several works on riddles

The initial entry is on a page inserted in the Library copy of Codrington, after p. 544.. Contents: More riddles in margins and on blank pages. Bound in at the beginning are two pages describing the contents in English (by R.S. Greenshields?) Headings, punctuation etc. in red. aPari (Piri?) b, Mustafa al-Salaniki was the scribe of No 4 and probably 2 and 3 as well. According to the bound in description of the MS, the author accompanied Babur on his invasion of India and died in A.H. 942 (A.D. 1526).

Incipit: (1) Ff1-5. A collection of riddles in verse of Maulana Nizam, Kamal Badakhshi, Munla Nawa'i et al, with solutions in red. Saqiya gar zankih az ... 15 lines on a page. (2) Ff6-9a. A poem consisting of riddles on the 99 names of Allah, with solutions. On f9a entitled Mu'ammayat Nasrullah al-Shirazi. Incipit; Ta munawwar shud dil ... 19 lines on a page. (3) Ff9b-16. A riddling poem, including riddles on the names on some religious sayings and the names of Allah. A heading states that he date and name of the work are given in riddles. Ibtida mikunam bi-nam-i haqq. 17 lines on a page. (4) Ff17-46. Shihab b. Nizam Harawi 'al-Haqiri'. A work on the construction of riddles in prose and verse. Ba'd az takhsis-i tahmid ... 17 lines on a page. F17a contains an introductory note stating that Maulana Shihab 'Haqiri' is a young man of promise at the khanqah of Maulana Nizam, and giving examples of his riddles.
Language(s): Persian.


For (4) cf. Storey, iii, p. 228 for works if the author.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: Folios 46 (rather than 49)
Dimensions (leaf): 6.5 × 4.5 in.


Brown leather Turkish binding with stamped central mandorla.


Origin: Constantinople. A.H. 963.

Provenance and Acquisition

Provenance not recorded in intial entry.


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