Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Pashto MS 8 (The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester)

Pashto Manuscripts


2 works by 2 authors on the subject of Pushto poetry

Title: Mukhammas
Title: مخمس

A poem in Pashto

Incipit: تن ديدن كانده بيلتون دي
Language(s): Pashto



A translation of an anonymous account in Persian verse of Muhammad's night ascent to heaven. Fols. 4,5,8-12 and 15-19 have been added at a later date

Incipit: په حضرت نبي چه مهر مستعانک جبرائیل ي پیر بللو ور روانک
Colophon: تمت تمام شد...کاتب الحروف فقیر الحقیر محمد میر تحریر فی التاریخ ربیع الثاني چهارم سنه 1177 هجري
Language(s): Pashto


Physical Description

Form: codex
1-3 f. 4-71 f.
Dimensions (leaf): 18.5 × 11 cm.
Dimensions (written):



Crude naskhi hand Nabī Nūr Khān Muḥammad Mīr Taḥrīr



Origin: 1177 AH; 1763 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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