Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

I.O. Islamic 4627 (St. Pancras, British Library)

Oriental Manuscripts

A commonplace book

Contents

A valuable collection of miscellanea, of which the chief items are as follows:

1. ff. 3-47v

Poems by Khwājū Kirmānī, d. 753/1352, خواجو كرمانى , foll. 3-16b (3) [with margins foll. 3-9, followed by (I) the Munājāt of Qāz̤ī Jamāl al-Dīn Abū ʼl-Faz̤l Aḥmad b. Muḥammad al-Ṣanʻānī, قاضی ابو الفضل احمد بن محمد الصنعانی , foll. 10-14; (II) selections from Qirān al-saʻdain by Amīr Khusraw, أمير خسرو , foll. 15-27 ], and by Khāqānī, d. 595/1199 خاقانى , foll. 16b(4)-18b(11) (II) Selections from the Mirʼāt al-ṣafāt by Amīr Khusraw, أمير خسرو in foil. 18b(12)-27b(11), and his Daryā-ʼi abrār, foil. 27b(12)-31a(4) [margins, selections from the poems of Ẓahīr Fāryābī, d. 598/1201, ظهير فاريابى in foll. 28-32]. (III) Selections from the poems of Jāmī, جامی , foll. 31a(5)-33b [with margins, foll. 33a-b ]. (iv) The " ornate qaṣīdah " of Salmān Sāvajī, d. 779/1377, سلمان ساوجى , with marginal glosses, foll. 34-44a [margins, the Sāqā-nāmah of Nargisī, d. 921/1515 نرگسی . (v) The " ornate qaṣīdah " of Sharaf al-Dīn Qazvīnī, شرف الدين قزوينى , foll. 44b-47b [margins, selections from Amīr Khusraw, أمير خسرو ]

Language(s): Persian

References

For a more detailed description see Arberry 1939, pages 390-1.
2. ff. 48r-68v

Poems by Saʿdī, سعدى , Anvarī, أانورى , Amīr Khusraw, أمير خسرو , et. al.

Language(s): Persian

References

For a more detailed description see Arberry 1939, page 391.
3. ff. 73v-77
Language(s): Persian
f. 73v
Title: A letter from Aḥmad Jāmī (Zindah-Pīl) to Sulṭān Sanjar, d. 551/1156
f. 74
Title: An extract from the Nigāristān of Juvaynī, d. 735/1335
f.75r
Title: An extract from the Bahāristān of Jāmī and from the Rawz̤at al-shuhadāʼ of Ḥusayn Vāʻiẓ Kāshifī
f. 75v
Title: The Vaṣāyā of ‘Abd al-Khāliq Ghijluvānī, d. 575/1179, and an account of his death
ff. 75v -76
Title: An extract from an unespecified ethical work

References

For a more detailed description see Arberry 1939, page 391.
4. ff. 77-98r
Language(s): Persian
ff. 77-79r
Title: Sayings of ʻAbd Allāh Anṣārī, 1006-1089 and ʻAlī ibn Abī Ṭālib, Caliph, ca. 600-661
f. 79r-81v
Title: Extracts from the Taz̲kirat al-mubtadī of Ṣadr al-Dīn Qūnawī, d. 1273 or 4 and an account on Jāmī's pilgrimage
ff. 82-5
Title: Poems of Ibn Yamīn
ff. 87r-89v
Title: Poems of Amīr Khusraw and Salmān
ff. 90v-92r
Title: The spiritual pedigree of Yaḥyá, b. Abi 'l-Faz̤l al-Jāmī, written in Arabic by himself in 705/1305, various anecdotes and verses
ff. 92v-98r
Title: Extracts from the Mihr va Mushtarī of Muḥammad ʻAṣṣār Tabrīzī (d. 784/1383; the Makhzan al-asrār of Niẓāmī; the Lailā va Majnūn of Amīr Khusraw; and poems of Ahlī and Kātibī

References

For a more detailed description see Arberry 1939, page 391.
5. ff. 98-104
Author: Unknown

Each one called bāriqah, which may therefore be identical with the anonymous Bawāriq

The margins contain 1) an account of the Qarmaṭī heresy, entitled Manshaʻ-i maz̲hab-i mulhidīn ( ملحدين مذهب منشاء ), by " Zain al-Dīn", presumably an extract from one of Muḥammad b. Muḥammad al-Ghazzālī's anti-Qarmaṭī works, ff. 98-101; 2) Najm al-Dīn Nasafī's Persian Risālah on erring Ṣūfī sects, ff.102-3

Language(s): Persian

References

For a more detailed description see Arberry 1939, page 392.
6. ff. 1-195

Extracts from this work

The margins contain 1) A Tarjīʻ-i band ( ترجيع بند ), by Jāmī, 1414-1492, ff.105v-109r; 2) A Tarjīʻ-i band ( ترجيع بند ), by ʻIrāqī, Fakhr al-Dīn Ibrāhīm, d. 1289?, ff.109v-112r; 3) Poems of Kamāl al-Dīn Ismāʻīl Iṣfahānī, ca. 1172-1237; 4) Various poems in a later hand dated 1191, ff.132v-135vr

Language(s): Persian

References

For a more detailed description see Arberry 1939, page 389.
7. ff. 124v-173v
Author: Unknown
Title: Untitled

An anonymous and untitled epitome of geography, in which a succinct account is given of the various towns occurring in each clime

The margins contain 1) Poems by Ibn-Yamīn, ff.157r-159r; 2) The Muqaṭṭaʻāt ( مقطعات ) of Ibn-Yamīn, ff.157r-159r

Language(s): Persian

References

For a more detailed description see Arberry 1939, page 392.
8. ff. 173v-226
Language(s): Persian
ff. 173v-174v
Title: Extracts from a work entitled Basātīn al-uns
f. 79r-81v
Title: Extracts from the Taz̲kirat al-mubtadī of Ṣadr al-Dīn Qūnawī, d. 1273 or 4 and an account on Jāmī's pilgrimage
176r
Title: Scraps of poetry
ff. 176r
Title: A letter of Jāmī
ff. 177-178
Title: A nishān of Shāh Isma’il II (reigned 984/1576-985/1578), dated 27 Shauwal 984/17 January 1577
ff. 179-180
Title: Scraps of poetry
ff. 181-226
Title: Unimportant scraps and extracts

References

For a more detailed description see Arberry 1939, page 391.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 226 ff
Dimensions (leaf): 9.2 × 6.3 in.
Dimensions (written): 6.3 × 3.7 in.

Layout

Many folios written diagonally in columns

Hand(s)

The first hand, a scholarly Persian taʻlīq, dated 986

The second hand, a modern Persian nastaʻlīq, dated (fol. 212b) 1233

Other hands elsewhere

History

Origin: Hijri-qamari AH

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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