Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 578A (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Bahjat al-mabāhij by Ḥasan ibn Ḥusayn Shīʻī Sabzavārī


Summary of Contents: A Shi'ite work on the life, merits and miracles of the Prophet and the Imams, abridged from the Mabāhij al-muhaj by Quṭb al-Dīn al-Kaydarī

The work is preceded by three folios (ff. iii-v) which deal with events preceding the Prophet's birth

The original manuscript (ff. iii-v, 21-347), in a good, clear nastaʻliq, within a red text frame, probably dates from the 17th century. Folios i-ii, 1-20 and 348-54 have been added later.

Language(s): Persian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Paper
Extent: ff. v+354+i
Dimensions (leaf): 297 × 177 mm.
Dimensions (written):




Worm-eaten and slightly damp-stained. Some folios have been remargined. Stitching broken and binding is detached.


19 (ff. iii-v, 21-347) and 20 (ff. 1-20, 348-354) lines per page; ruled margins (ff. iii-v, 21-347).


Nastaʻliq in two hands; black ink with red headings, overlining and text frame.


Folios i-ii contain miscellaneous inscriptions.

Label recording loan to Bodleian Library 12.12.36-2.2.37 stuck to rear paste-down.


Detached leather binding with central medallion, two pendants and ruled borders.


Rectangular partially damaged seal impression on endpaper:...Ḥammūd Allāh.


Origin: 17th and 19th century 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.

Acquired by the Government of India in 1876


Record Sources

Based on C.A. Storey's unpublished description in Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts in the India Office Library, vol. III: MSS Eur E207/8, ff.15-8.


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