Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

IO Islamic 4568 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

A volume containing two separate works


Summary of Contents: 2 works by Yūsuf Haravī on the subjects of Iran History Ṣafavid dynasty, Sindh, and Encyclopedias and dictionaries
1. ff. 1-88b
Incipit: پاکا یگانۀ که گرد اشتراک ثنّویت را گرد سراپردۀ احدیتش راه نیست الخ
Explicit: یکرتن پوشیده غاند که یکران اسمی را میگویند که رنگ او زرد و بور باشد و یک ران که یکی از دو ران باشد و ران خود معروف و مشهور است

A dictionary of Persian homonyms. The author is not mentioned elsewhere and this copy appears to be unique

Language(s): Persian


For a more detailed description see Arberry 1939, pages 358-9.
2. ff. 88b-100
Incipit: حمد و سپاس بی قیاس مر خداوندی را که سر نوشت جمله اشیا

A short treatise on the art of writing

The work consists of a muqaddimah, three maqālāt, and a khātimah

Language(s): Persian


For a more detailed description see Arberry 1939, page 359.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 100 ff
Dimensions (leaf): 7.8
Dimensions (written): 5.8 × 2.8 in.


Small Persian nasta'liq



A seal on the fly-leaf of Bahjat Aḥmad dated 1204


Origin: 17th century CE

Record Sources

Manuscript description based on A. J. Arberry: Hand-List of Islamic Manuscripts acquired by the India Office Library, 1936–8. Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society (New Series) (1939), 71: pp 353-396


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