Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

IO Islamic 4596 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library


1 copy of Sulaimān nāmah by Not given

Incipit: سحر وقتنده فیض فضل باری کو کلدن لطفله الدی غاری

A mas̲navī poem in Turkish setting forth the principal tenets of the school of al-Shāfiʻī

Language(s): Turkish


For a more detailed description see Arberry 1939, pages 377-8.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 40 ff
Dimensions (leaf): 7.6 × 4.3 in.
Dimensions (written): 6.2 × 3.2 in.



Good Turkish naskh


Headings in red

Margins ruled in gilt and red

Good ʻunwāns on foll. 1b, 5a

Foll. 1b, 2a, 4b, 5a illuminated


Red painted leather covers, illuminated with Turkish verses


Origin: 18th century CE

Provenance and Acquisition

This manuscript was formerly the property of the late John Drinkwater, Esq

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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