Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 12 (St. Pancras, British Library)

Oriental Manuscripts


1 copy of An incomplete commentary on the Qurʼān

Sūrah 12:1-102

The commentary consists largely of legendary amplifications of the story of Joseph, Wahb ibn Munabbih being the authority most frequently quoted

al-Kalbī is quoted at least once (f 107r), but no late authorities seem to be mentioned by name

The Qurʼānic text is not given in its entirety, nor are all the verses discussed in exactly the same order as that in which they occur in the Qurʼān . Persian and Arabic verses are cited, but always apparently anonymously. Numerous anecdotes, usually of early mystics, are introduced as well as traditions and sufi, philosophical, and other reflections

Language(s): Persian and Arabic


For a more detailed description see Persian III, .

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 213 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 20.5 × 13.5 cm.


Good old naskhī except ff 201-13 which have been supplied in nastaʻlīq; Arabic text and headings mostly in large black or red


Catchwords and occasional marginal notes

crude ornamentation on ff 1Cv and 6r


20th century European half leather binding


Origin: 16th century CE, but ff 201-13 possibly 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 (Unpublished)


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