Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 875 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library


1 copy of Bayāz̤-i istikhārah by Bandah Ḥasan

Language(s): Arabic and Persian

Compilation of short extracts from the Qurʾān, traditions of the Prophet and Imams, and divine litanies, written separately along the upper edge on the verso (and occasionally on the recto) of every folio so as to aid the randomised selection of text for prognostication or istikhārah, collected by a certain Bandah Ḥasanas a memorial (see colophon).

Colophon (f. 128v): completed by Bandah Ḥasanwith the intention that its reader prays for him. Not dated.

Codex in the form of a safīnah to be held vertically.

Ornamental scribal naskh with rough shikastah āmīz scrawl for translations below the Arabic formulae, occasionally written obliquely.

Stamped foliation on recto, with Persian foliation on verso.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 129 ff. (+1)
Dimensions (leaf): 155 × 94 mm.



Origin: 1820 - 1850 CE ; India

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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