Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

CODRINGTON/READE NO 12. BOX 5. (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)

Persian Manuscripts


1 copy of Dabistān-i madhāhib by 2 authors

Not in Morley Printed Cat. The attribution of the work to Muhsin Fani has long been discredited. Morley believed that the author was Amir Dhu 'l-Fiqar 'Ali al-Husaini, known as Mobed Shah. However, the author was certainly a Parsi. Folios 712-734 contain an account of the fall of 'Abd al-Samad Khan in the fifth year of Farrukhsiyar, with some account of the Sikhs and the long story of Mir Muhammad Husayn of Mashad's career in India as the discoverer of a new path in the earlier eighteenth century. Some of the followers of this movement later go to Bengal but at present, A.H.1194, only some of women are said to still be alive. (?) The anonymous author hopes to write more on the subject. Not all very clear. This is written by the same scribe as the main work. In the list of donors at the beginning of his handwritten catalogue this MS is included under the donations of Sir John Markham, and not those of Sir John Malcolm. A note added under the description of the MS in the catalogue reads: Presd. by Sir John Malcolm May 19. 1827, and this also appears on f2a. Inside front cover, f1a, f2a: title in English and Persian, numbers etc. Rubricated headings and punctuation,

Incipit: Ay nam-i tu sar-daftar-i atfal-i dabistan
Language(s): Persian.


Encyclopaedia of Islam, 2nd edition, s.v. Dabistan al-Madhahib.
Rieu, i, pp. 141-2.
Ethe, i, No 2542.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: Folios 366
Dimensions (leaf): 9.5


18 lines on a page




European-style brown leather binding with simple blind tooling. Labels on spine: a) leather: R.A.S. MS. CAT. 26 b) paper: (10 deleted) 12.


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