Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 85* (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Jurisprudence and correspondence, 2 items (a-b)


Summary of Contents: Miscellaneous collection of works on jurisprudence and official correspondence by Muḥammad Karīm Allāh. Not dated. Partially foliated. Paper dust wrapper (BEIC legal publication on legislation for 1852); watermarked (lion rampant guardant holding sceptre in crowned oval frame; not dated); label, creased and stained. Folios detached; large wormholes.

Language(s): Persian and Arabic

1. ff. 1r-10r
Language(s): Persian and Arabic

Delhi Persian 85* a.

Rough draft of an original but apparently untitled treatise on jurisprudence by an unnamed author.

Defective at beginning.

Not dated at end. Datable to the early nineteenth century.

Rough nastaʿlīq, mostly without diacritics.

2. ff. 12r-23r

Delhi Persian 85* b.

Untitled treatise comprised of petitions and official correspondence addressed to kings and lords (salāṭīn va khavānīn), compiled by Muḥammad Karīm Allāh.

The author wrote the work for his students and especially for his middling son, Muḥammad Yaḥyá.

Not dated at end. Datable to the early nineteenth century.

Language(s): Persian and Arabic

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 23 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 214 × 156 mm.



Origin: 1800 - 1850 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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