Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Pashto MS 4 (The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester)

Pashto Manuscripts


2 works by 2 authors on the subject of Pushto poetry


The story in verse of the skeleton of a king which spoke to Jesus of its punishment in hell and was resurrected for eight years as a pious muslim

Incipit: دا عجب یو حکایت دي له قصص روایت دي
Language(s): Pashto



A metrical translation of the story of the birth and lives of Hasan and Husayn in Nawbaharī's Durr al-majālis در المجالس

Incipit: هسي فضل د خداي بي بي فاطمه وکړا چه امام حسن پیدا په نیک ساعت شه
Language(s): Pashto


Physical Description

Form: codex
1-14 f. 16-60 f.
Dimensions (leaf): 20 × 12.5 cm.
Dimensions (written):



Naskhi hand



Origin: 19th 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.



Comment on this record

Please fill out your details.

How are we using your feedback? See our privacy policy.