Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Persian MS 146 (The John Rylands Research Institute and Library, The University of Manchester)

Persian Manuscripts


Summary of Contents: An incomplete abridgement of the Dah Majlis (Ten Assemblies) in alternating prose and verse, anonymously redacted from the Rawz̤at al-Shuhadā’ (Garden of Martyrs) of Ḥusayn Vāʻiẓ Kāshifī, (d. ca. 1504) related biographcial accounts of the family of the Prophet that especially highlights afflictions endured by Ḥusayn bin ‘Alī and those loyal to him at the Battle of Karbala. The volume lacks a title and preface and opens abruptly with the first Majlis on 1a and then continues with not just ten, but fourteen majālis. Although undated, the colophon indicates that a scribe named Sharaf ‘Alī copied the manuscript on behalf of Mirzā Bahā’ al-Dīn ‘Alī Bayg, proabbly in circa 1700 CE.
Author and Abridger: Anonymous
Title: Dah Majlis
Incipit: (beginning) برگ ۱ر (folio 1a): مجلس اول در بیان کیفیت وقوع مصیبت کبری و واقعۀ عظمی وفات سید انبیا محمد مصطفی صلی الله علیه و آله از ابن عباس مرویست که چون حضرت رسول صلی الله علیه و آله از حجة الوداع برگشت بآنحضرت معلوم شد که رحلت او بعالم قدس نزدیک شده…
Colophon: Completed by Sharaf ‘Alī on behalf ofMirzā Bahā’ al-Dīn ‘Alī Bayg.

For a copy of the full work by Kāshifī, see Rylands Persian MS 376

Language(s): Persian
1.1. 1a
Title: عظمی وفات سید انبیا محمد مصطفیمجلس اول دربیانکیفیت کیفیت وقوع مصیبت کبری و واقعۀعظمی وفات سید انبیا محمد مصطفی
1.2. 12b
Title: مجلس دوم در بیان وفات صدیقۀ کبری و بتول عذرا ام الائمه
1.3. 20a
Title: مجلس سیم در ذکر شهادت امیرالمومنین
1.4. 31b
Title: مجلس چهارم در ذکر شهادت حسن مجتبی
1.5. 40a
Title: مجلس پنجم در ذکر توجه فرمودن حضرت سیدالشهدا علیه السلام به عراق
1.6. 48b
Title: مجلس ششم درذکر روانه نمودن حضرت سیدالشهد اعلیه السلام مسلم بن عقیل را به جانب کوفه
1.7. 60a
Title: در ذکر توجه فرمودن حضرت سیدالشهدا بعراق
1.8. 73b
Title: در ذکر شهادت حر علیه الرحمه
1.9. 80b
Title: مجلس هفتم در بیان شهادت سایر اصحاب سعادت انتساب حضرت سیدالشهدا
1.10. 92b
Title: شهادت اقارب مجلس دهم (کذا) در بیان اقارب آنحضرت
1.11. 94a
Title: در ذکر شهادت قاسم بن الحسن
1.12. 100a
Title: مجلس یازدهم در ذکر شهادت عباس ابن امیرالمومنین
1.13. 103a
Title: در ذکر شهادت علی اکبر
1.14. 107a
Title: مجلس یازدهم در ذکر بیان شهادت حضرت سیدالشهدا
1.15. 114b
Title: در ذکر شهادت عبدلله
1.16. 116b
Title: روانه شدن اهل بیت بشام در بیان واقعۀ جانگداز
1.17. 127b

Two headings in the margin for the thirteenth and thirteenth majlis (Assemblies), the first in black, the second in red: ‘مجلس یازدهم در بیان فرستادن ابن زیاد اهل بیت را درنزد یزید پلید’
‘مجلس سیزدهم در بیان فرستادن ابن زیاد ملعون اهل بیت را در نزد یزید’

1.18. 136a

Headings in the margin for the fourteenth Majlis (Assembly): ‘در مجلس چهاردهم مراجعت امام زین العابدین علیه السلام از شام به مدینه طیبه’

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Textblock of cross-grained, ivory-coloured paper probably handmade in the Indian subcontinent with ~8 laid lines per cm and no discernible chain lines.
Extent: 144 folios, 3 flyleaves (ff. ii + 144 + i).
Dimensions (leaf): 223 × 131 mm.
Dimensions (written): 175 × 82 mm.


Undetermined. Catchwords throughout most of the lower-left corners of the b sides.


Handle text with caution. Significant insect and water damage and historical repairs throughout.


Written in a single column with 8 lines per page. Ruled with a misṭarah hand guide.


Written in clear black nasta‘līq with shikastah ligatures, and red subheaders by Sharaf ‘Alī.

Marginalia: Notations in the margins in various hands throughout.
Bookplates: Left pastedown: ‘Bibliotheca Lindesiana’ with pencilled shelfmark ‘’, and ‘Bland MSS No. 411’.


Repaired and soundly rebound.

Spine titled ‘DEH MEJALIS’


Origin: Completed by Sharaf ‘Alī on behalf ofMirzā Bahā’ al-Dīn ‘Alī Bayg, probably in the Indian subcontinent; undated, but likely finished in circa 1700 CE.

Provenance and Acquisition

Subsequently acquired by scholar Nathaniel Bland (1803–1865) for his library at Randalls Park, Leatherhead. After his death, London bookseller Bernard Quaritch (1819–1899) sold his oriental manuscripts to Alexander Lindsay, 25th Earl of Crawford (1812–1880) in 1866 and moved them to Bibliotheca Lindesiana at Haigh Hall, Wigan.

Purchased by Enriqueta Rylands (1843–1908) in 1901 from James Ludovic Lindsay, 26th Earl of Crawford (1847–1913).

Bequeathed by Enriqueta Rylands (1843–1908) in 1908 to the John Rylands Library, Manchester.

Record Sources

Bibliographical description based on an index created by Reza Navabpour circa 1993, derived from a manuscript catalogue by Michael Kerney, circa 1890s, concisely published as Bibliotheca Lindesiana, Hand-list of Oriental Manuscripts: Arabic, Persian, Turkish, 1898.

Manuscript description by Jake Benson in 2022 with reference to the volume in hand.


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    C. Rieu, Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum, Vol. I (London: British Museum, 1879), p. 155 [BL Add. 25853.
    E. Sachau and H. Ethé, Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstani, and Pushtû manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Vol I (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1889), cols. 78–79, no. 136 [MS. Ouseley Add. 8].
    C. A. Storey, Persian Literature: A Bio-bibliographical Survey, Vol. 1 Pt. 1 (London: Luzac & Co., 1927), pp. 212–213, no. 268 (6).

Funding of Cataloguing

Iran Heritage Foundation

The John Rylands Research Institute


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