Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 607 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library


1 copy of Bayān-i vaqāʾiʿ by Khvājah ʿAbd al-Karīm Kashmīrī

Language(s): Persian and Arabic

Private historical account by Khvājah ʿAbd al-Karīm ibn ʿĀqibat Maḥmūd ibn Muḥammad Būlāqī ibn Muḥammad Riz̤āʾ Kashmīrī, covering the invasion of Timurid (Mughal) India by Nādir Shāh Afshār, as well as the author’s later travels in the wider Middle East en route home from the ḥajj pilgrimage to Makkah.

The author joined the service of Nādir Shāh’s chief physician or ḥakīm bāshī, Sayyid ʿAlavī Khān (d. 1162/1749), in 1151/1738, with whom he initially left Delhi, travelling to Qazvīn, where he arrived in 1154/1741, before embarking on his extended travels.

The author deliberately wrote his account in simple prose for the ease of readers.

The work comprises an introduction, five chapters termed bāb with further subdivisions termed faṣl, a conclusion, followed by two epilogues according to description (not included here).

Defective and injured at beginning.

Not date at end; datable to the late eighteenth century.

Large nastaʿlīq.

Lacking original binding.

Condition fragile.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 256 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 206 × 132 mm.



Origin: Late 18th or early 19th century 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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