Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

IO Islamic 4634 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Yazdi's Zafarnamah, early and later copies in one


1 copy of Ẓafar'nāmah by Sharaf al-Dīn ʻAlī Yazdī, -1454

The celebrated history of Amīr Taymūr (771-807/1370-1404) and Khalīl Sulṭān (807-814/1404-1411), completed first by Ibrāhīm Sulṭan, and then elaborated into his final form by Yazdī, and completed 828/1424-5. This copy was transcribed only four years after the author’s death

It is preceded by the iftitāḥ or muqaddimah, a genealogical account of the Turkish Khāns with a history of Chingīz Khān and his successors by Sharaf al-Dīn in 822/1419

Consists of 2 parts of differing dates: Part I (ff. 1-76), dated Burhānpūr, 12 Rabīʿ II 1023/22 May 1614; Part II (ff. 77-405), dated 7 Rabīʿ II 862/22 February 1458

Language(s): Persian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 405 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 235 × 158 mm.
Dimensions (written):



Origin: 7 Rabīʿ II 862-12 Rabīʿ II 1023 (22 February 1458 - 22 May 1614) AH Burhanpur ; Iran and India

Record Sources

Based on published description in Arberry, A.J., 'Notes on Islamic manuscripts recently acquired by the India Office Library,' in Islamic Culture, vol. 13, no. 4 (Oct. 1939), pp. 440-458.


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