Delhi Persian 84* (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)
India Office Library
Fragment of an untitled treatise setting out the origins of the Sunnī-Shīʿī schism during the life of the Prophet and the succession of the four ‘righteous’ caliphs, by an identified author.
The work is defective at the beginning.
Not dated at end; datable to the late eighteenth century.
Nastaʿlīq tending to shikastah āmīz.
Paper dust wrapper (BEIC legal publication on Regulation V of 1793); no watermark; labels, creased, torn and stained. Notes in Bengali.
Folios are disordered, with several lacunae.
Folios detached; fungal stains, wormholes.
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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