Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Pashto MS 9 (The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester)

Pashto Manuscripts


1 copy of Kitāb-i Zaqqūm

The text is based on a Persian original, telling of the battles of the early Muslims against a legendary King Zaqqum of Iraq

Incipit: یو روڅ مندیني په جمعت کښ رسول ناستوه جبرائل لحق راغي پر دار خداي سلام پرتا ویل پر بار بار یوه قلاع د د کافر خداي به فتح وتا در کا ملا بسته ور پاڅه چړي دار
Colophon: تم تمام شد این کتاب زقوم فقیر حقیر محمد سفی شاه اي کاتب ملا سفي شاه
Language(s): Pashto


Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 30 f.
Dimensions (leaf): 20 × 13 cm.
Dimensions (written):



Naskhi hand Mullā Muḥammad Safī Shāh



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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