Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 1557* (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library


1 copy of Khāvarān'nāmah by Muḥammad ibn Ḥusām al-Dīn al-Khūsifī

Language(s): Persian

Damaged large format manuscript of the epic mas̲navī on the martial and spiritual exploits of the cousin and son-in-law of the Prophet Muḥammad, first Imām and fourth of the Righteous Caliphs, ʿAlī ibn Abū Ṭālib, written by Muḥammad ibn Ḥusām al-Dīn al-Khūsifī(d. circa 875/1470-1).

According to concluding passages, the work was written in 806/1403, imitating of Firdawsī’s Shāh'nāmah, and intended for presentation to the unnamed ruler in the desire (later grated) that the author will be employed.

Dated colophon: completed by Jamāl Allāh resident of Rudauli (Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh), Saturday, 14 Z̲ī al-Ḥijjah 1187/26 February 1774.

Rough nastaʿlīq tending to shikastah āmīz, with naskh rubrication, arranged into four columns.

Not foliated.

Lacunae and with some folios are disordered.

Condition fragile

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: circa 200 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 318 × 220 mm.



Origin: 14_Zi-Hijjah_1187 AH; 26 February 1774 CE ; India, Uttar Pradesh, Faizabad, Rudauli

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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