Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Pashto MS 5 (The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester)

Pashto Manuscripts


1 copy of Miʻrājnāmah

A translation of an anonymous account in Persian verse of Muhammad's night ascent to heaven. Badly worm-eaten

Incipit: په حضرت نبي چه مهر مستعانک جبرائیل ي پیر بللو ور روانک
Explicit: د نبي معراج نامه وه پفارسي کښ ما غلام محمد پشتو بیانک
Language(s): Pashto


Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 79 f.
Dimensions (leaf): 23 × 13.5 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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