Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 603 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library


1 copy of Tarjumah-'i ḥaqāʾiq al-akhbār

Language(s): Persian and Arabic

Historical account on the emergence of Islam and its early rulers, translated into Persian by an unnamed translator from the original Arabic work by Fakhr al-Dīn Muḥammad ibn ʿUmar al-Rāzī (d. 606/1210).

The work was translated in haste in a simple style for the benefit of those unable to comprehend Arabic and to nurture awareness among the pious at the order of the Timurid (Mughal) Emperor ʿĀlamgīr I (d. 1118/1707).

Dated colophon (f. 214v): completed by Muḥammad Ismāʿīl Anṣārī, Monday at noon, 6 Shaʿbān 1154 (written in reverse)/17 October 1741.

Scribal nastaʿlīq tending to shikastah āmīz.

Annotations in margins, cropped.

Rebound in red IOL leather boards, stamped and dated 9 Nov 1912.

Folios severely worm-eaten; net overlay at beginning and end; cropped, stained.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Net overlay
Extent: 214 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 220 × 150 mm.



Origin: 6_Sha‘ban_1154 AH; 17 October 1741 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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