Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 1420 (St. Pancras, British Library)

Oriental Manuscripts

A volume containing different works


Summary of Contents: 2 works by Mullā Shāh Lisān Allāh (992-1072/1584-1661) on the subjects of Persian poetry, Qasidas, Koran, and Tafsir
6. ff. 272v-364r

An unfinished commentary on the Qurʼān, partly in Persian and partly in Arabic

The text of the Qurʼān is given in fragments, followed, as far as Sūrah 2:198, by a Persian paraphrase or translation. After verse 198 the Persian translation ceases and the comments are in Arabic and usually very brief

Language(s): Persian


For a more detailed description see Persian III, .
7. ff. 365v-412r

A commentary without title on Sūrah 12 of the Qurʼān

As in the previous work, the Qurʼānic text is given in fragments, usually followed by a short metrical paraphrase in Persian

Composed in 1057

Language(s): Persian


For a more detailed description see Persian III, .

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 412 ff
Dimensions (leaf): 27 × 17.5 in.




Illuminated ʻunvān f 272v and decorations on f 276r, floral borders on opening leaves ff 272v-273r Also in 365v, floral borders on opening leaves ff 365v-366r

Marginal notes and corrections


Headings and overlining of Qurʼānic text in red


half leather 20th century European binding, partly preserved leather binding with blind tooling on applied gold paper preserved f 1Ar


Muḥammad Mahdī? f 1Dr; ʻarẓdīdahs of 21 Muh RY 3 and 19 Zuʼl-H RY 23 (twice) f 1Er


Origin: mid 17th century CE (during the authorʼs lifetime)

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 (Unpublished)


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