Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RSPA 79 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Jones Collection

Royal Society Arabic and Persian


1 copy of Mirʾāt al-Masāʾil Muḥammad Shāhī

Language(s): Persian

Incipit: بسم الله الرحمن الرحیم. الحمد لله ال÷ی علم ابانا آدم اسماء کلها
Explicit: تا هر کراغم دین باشد احتراز کند تا دین را بسلامت برد ان ساء الله

The (unnamed) author states the treatise was composed for Muḥammad Shāh in 1137AH as an expositions of certain matters of faith and jurisprudence.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: White burnished paper
Extent: ff.iii+40+iii
Dimensions (leaf): 245 × 210 mm.
Dimensions (written): 180 × 120 mm.

European numerals in pencil.


Excellent condition.



Very neat black nastaʿlīq.



There are frequent annpotations by Jones, who highlights material, translated material and writes notes in Arabic.


Standard India Office library half-leather binding with wine coloured marbled endpapers.

Accompanying Material


Origin: 1725 - 1792 CE ; India

Provenance and Acquisition

RSPA 1-118 were presented to the Royal Society in January 1792 by Sir William and Lady Jones. This manuscript was presented by 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.59-60 no.LXXIX


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