Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RSPA 115 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Jones Collection

Royal Society Arabic and Persian


1 copy of Mūqiẓ al-Ghāfilīn min Qiblat al-ʿĀrifīn by ʿAlī Ḍāmin al-Muntaẓir

Language(s): Arabic

Incipit: بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم. نحمدك يا من جعل الكعبة المباركة قبلة لأهل الدين الإسلام.
Explicit: وهذه الدرة رابعة مما نظمتها في سلك النحرير بعون الله الملك القدير تم.

A treatise on the geographical positions of certain towns and, in particular, Murshidabad in Bengal, compsed in answer to the criticisms levelled at the author's previous work Qiblat al-ʿĀrifīn wa Kaʿbat al-Māhirīn, in which he had pointed out the errors made in ascertaining the points of the compass. This volume is a

It is divided into a preface, an introduction, nine short chapters and a conclusion. The textblock ends on f.37v and ff.38v-45r are composed of fourteen different tables describing the position of different towns in relation to each other.

There is a large diagram on f.13r depicting the poles and the orientation of finding one's way.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Thin cream woven paper with supports and guards.
Extent: ff.ii+46+iv
Dimensions (leaf): 220 × 180 mm.
Dimensions (written): 130 × 75 mm.

European numerals in pencil.


Generally the manuscript is in good condition. There is some minor worm damage which has largely been repaired with tape and the folios are all well supported with their guards.


Neat and uniform layout of nine lines in one column per page.


Very neat black ink nastaʿlīq with frequent rubrications. Tables are a mixture of red and black ink.



Frequent scribal marginalia commenting on and adding to the textblock. Catchwords present on every folio.


Standard India Office half-leather maroon/brown coloured binding with wine-coloured marbled endpapers.

Accompanying Material


Origin: 1700 - 1792 CE ; India

Provenance and Acquisition

RSPA 1-118 were presented to the Royal Society in January 1792 by Sir William and Lady Jones.

The Royal Society's collection of 280 Persian and Arabic, and 86 Sanskrit manuscripts were transferred to the India Office Library in 1876.


India Office Library

Record Sources

Manuscript description based on E. Denison Ross and E. G. Browne, Catalogue of two collections of Persian and Arabic manuscripts preserved in the India Office Library (London: Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1902), p. 75 no. CXV


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