Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RAS Persian Ellis 4 (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)

Persian Manuscripts


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Tarjumah-i Qutb-Shahi by ʻĀmilī, Bahāʼ al-Dīn Muḥammad ibn Ḥusayn, 1547-1621

According to Reade missing from bod 140, but it is there now, Oct 2009. Incomplete at end. F1a: Note in Arabic making the book waqf on the same conditions as 'rest of the books', beside a faint impression of an oval seal. A translation of the Arabic Arba'in Hadith of Baha' al-Din 'Amili, by Muhammad b. 'Ali 'Amili, known as Ibn Khatun, made for Sultan Muhammad Qutb Shah. Headings and punctuation in red. For scribe's name see f.9a.

Incipit: Ay az tu hadith-i ma'rifat-ra tabyin
Language(s): Persian.


None found for the translation. For the Arabic original see Brockelmann.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: Folios 181 according to pencilled foliation
Dimensions (leaf): 11.25


In very poor condition. Unbound and many folios loose. Is accompanied by the back cover originally belonging to a smaller volume.


23 lines on a page


Origin: In the first decade of Rabi' II A.H. 1074. This is at the end of the list of contents preceding the text. The scribe is the same throughout.

Provenance and Acquisition

Provenance: Unclear, but ssociated wrapping paper suggests the MS was acquired by Ellis from Luzac's


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