Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 11 (St. Pancras, British Library)

Oriental Manuscripts

A volume containing ten dīvāns of Persian poets


Summary of Contents: 2 works by 2 authors on the subjects of Persian poetry, Qasidas, Koran, Tafsir, and Shīʻah Doctrines Early works to 1800
1. ff. 1Bv-26r

An anonymous Shīʻi commentary on Sūrah 36 (Yā-Sīn )

The author speaks first of the importance of the sūrah and of the meaning of the name Yā-Sīn. He then comments on the Qurʼānic text piece by piece. It is his practice to prefix a Persian paraphrase to his comments on each passage. He explains at some length the asbāb al-nuzūl and the historical allusions. No previous commentators or commentaries seem to be mentioned by name. The manuscript begins abruptly and would appear to have been copied from one which had lost the beginning. The title is written on f 1Ar in a later hand

Language(s): Persian and Arabic


For a more detailed description see Persian III, .
2. ff. ff 26r-59r

An anonymous Shīʻi commentary on Sūrah 67 (al-Mulk )

The commentary is similar to the preceding work on Sūrah 36, but a number of earlier authorities are mentioned by name. Numerous anecdotes of the prophets and early mystics are introduced, especially at the beginning

Language(s): Persian and Arabic


For a more detailed description see Persian III, .

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 287 ff
Dimensions (leaf): 20.5 × 14 in.


Qurʼānic text in naskhī, commentary in nastaʻlīq



Half leather 20th century European binding


Origin: India; 17th century CE

Record Sources

Manuscript description based on Arberry, Levy and Storey: Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the Library of the India Office. Vol. 3. (Unpublished)


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