Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 1244 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Commentary by Arzu on Sikandarnamah of Nizami


1 copy of Iskandar'nāmah by Sirāj al-Dīn ʿAlī Khān Ārzū

Language(s): Persian and Arabic

Lengthy and detailed, though untitled, commentary by the great philologist, poet and prose stylist, Sirāj al-Dīn ʿAlī Khān “Ārzū” (d. 1169/1756) on the Iskandar'nāmah mas̲navī (comprised of the Sharaf'nāmah and Khirad'nāmah) from the Khamsah by Ḥakīm Abū Muḥammad Ilyās Ganjavī "Niẓāmī" (d. 614/1217).

The work is endorsed by a later hand (f. 1r) as the Sharḥ-i Sikandar'nāmah by Khān-i Ārzū.

Dated colophon (f. 306r): completed at Ḥiṣār Fīrūzah (Hisar, Haryana), 4 Rajab 1252/15 October 1836.

Swiftly transcribed in a small shikastah āmīz hand.

Pencil foliation.

Damaged red leather binding.


Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 306 ff. (+3)
Dimensions (leaf): 236 × 158 mm.



Origin: 4 Rajab 1252 AH; 15 October 1836 CE Hisar Firoza ; India, Hisar, Haryana

Provenance and Acquisition

Purchased by the Government of India at sale organised by Delhi Prize Agents, 1859; administrative deposit India Office Library, 1876


Government of India


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