Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

IO Islamic 4796 (St. Pancras, British Library)

Oriental Manuscripts


1 copy of Tafsīr-i tawz̤īḥ

The Qurʼān accompanied by a Persian paraphrase and commentary of unknown authorship

Covering Sūrahs 1-7:167

This copy, which is without title, is almost identical to Delhi Arabic 18 (British Library)., with only a few minor differences. The final part is missing, Sūrah 7:167 corresponding to f. 112r of Delhi Arabic 18 (British Library).

Lacks first leaf and final section

Language(s): Persian and Arabic


For a more detailed description see Sims-Williams 1986, page 22.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 5r-181v ff
Dimensions (leaf): 27.5 × 18 cm.
Dimensions (written):


Nastaʻlīq, Arabic in red naskhī


Some marginal commentary

:Ruled borders


20th century European half leather binding


(f 34v): reverse impression of a seal of Aḥmad Shāh dated 1164 RY 4


Origin: Early 18th century? CE

Record Sources

Manuscript description based on U. Sims-Williams: Handlist of Islamic manuscripts acquired by the India Office Library 1938-85. London, 1986


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