Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Pashto MS 11 (The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester)

Pashto Manuscripts


2 works by 2 authors on the subject of Pushto poetry


A Pashto metrical translation of a Persian account of the miracles connected with the birth and childhood of Muhammad

Incipit: اول وایه پزبان ښه ثنا د پاک سبحان
Colophon: پفارسي و انشا شوي سید حسن به پښتو وو سنه د هجر په شماره شه پر څلور حرف پوره ښه یو الف راغي بل کاف قصه تم پر عینو قاف
Language(s): Pashto



Translation of an account of the tragedy of Karbala and the martyrdom of Hasan and Husayn from the Persian version in the Irshād al-ṭālibīn ارشاد الطالبين

Incipit: ترهرچا اول پدوست باند کرم و چه تر کل جهان پر هر څه مقدم و
Colophon: دا قصه و پفارسی اخون ویلي سید حسین تر پر پوښتو ښکلي دیوان و
Language(s): Pashto


Physical Description

Form: codex
1-31b f. 31b-66 f.
Dimensions (leaf): 18.5 × 11 cm.
Dimensions (written):



Naskhi hand



Origin: 18th century CE

Provenance and Acquisition

From the collection of Colonel George William Hamilton (1807-1868) who served in India from 1823 to 1867 latterly as Commissioner in Delhi. He acquired over a thousand Indian and Persian manuscripts of which 352 were selected after his death for the British Museum. The remainder were purchased in 1868 by Alexander Lindsay, 25th Earl of Crawford.

Purchased by Mrs Enriqueta Rylands, on behalf of the John Rylands Library, in 1901 from James Ludovic Lindsay, 26th Earl of Crawford.

Record Sources

Manuscript description based on James Fuller Blumhardt and D.N MacKenzie : Catalogue of Pashto manuscripts in the British Isles, 1965.


The manuscript is available for consultation by any accredited reader, see Becoming a Reader for details. Please contact uml.special-collections@manchester.ac.uk for further information on the availability of this manuscript.



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