Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Persian MS 484 (The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester)

Persian Manuscripts


Summary of Contents: A panegyric account of the life and sayings of the Imam ‘Alī, by Muhammad Salih Husain Tirmiz̲ī with the تخلص Kashfī (d. AH 1061/ A.D. 1650 at Agra). The authoris a descendant of Niʻmat Allāh Valī, 1330?-1431 شاه نعمت الله ولى، سيد نور الدين and the son of the Sufi Mīr ‘Abdullah Tirmizī Mushkīn Qalam (for a record of his life, miracles and utterances see the untitled Sufi treatise appended to Persian MS 094, (ff. 145b- 188a). He is alo the author of a well-known Sufi poem, the Majmu‘ah-yi Rāz (AH 1030, A.D. 1621). We are told by the author that it took him three years to write Mandqib-i Murtazavi, and that he intends to write Vjaz-i Mustafavii, a similar account of the life of the prophet Muhammad (f. 291r):ان شاه الله العزیز بعد از اختتام, اعجاز مصطفی کتابی جداگانه در مناقب اصحاب مستطاب رضی الله عنهم اجمعین که مکنون خاطر است بمقتضای الهی در خبر (کذا) تحریر آورده بر صحیفه ظهور جلوه گر خواهد گردانید...ختم شد این نامه در قرب سه سال . However, Kashfī did not survive to accomplish his desire and the latter was to be completed by Mīr ‘Abd Allāh bin Mīr Hāshim shāh Ni‘mat allāh al-Husainī (see Rieu, BM 154a). In Manāqib-i Murtazavī Kashfī makes extensive use of the works of other authors, and relates stories some of which can be traced in other cultures long before the time of Imam ‘Ali, like the story of the man who is the victim of a cyclic tortur for his sin by being devoured by a bird and spat out to regain his life (f. 288b). It is mainly in prose, illustrated with verses by the author and selections from the works of other poets. After the first chapter, and a relatively lengthy preface, the text is divided into twelve bāb
Incipit: (beginning) سبحان الله العلی العظیم خداوند اعطا کن نشاۀ ذوق که آغازم بنامت نامۀ سوق چنان ماه , ضمیرم کن منور
Language(s): Persian
Title: الجزء الاول من المناقب المرتضویه
Title: bāb 1
Title: در بیان آیات با برکات قرآنی که در شان امیرالمؤمنین ... علی بن ابی طالب کرم الله وجهه نازل شده
Title: bāb 2
Title: در بیان احادیث که سیدالمرسلین صلی الله علیه و آله و سلم در مناقب امیرالمونین کرم الله وجهه فرموده
Title: bāb 3
Title: در بیان بعضی از فضائل ... امیرالمومنین
Title: bāb 4
Title: در بیان عقد نکاح سلطان الاولیا علی مرتضی با سید النسا فاطمه الزهرا
Title: bāb 5
Title: در بیان علم کشف امیرالمومنین
Title: bāb 6
Title: دربیان خوارق کرامات ... امیرالمومنین
Title: bāb 7
Title: در بیان زهد و ورع امیرالمومنین علی
Title: bāb 8
Title: در بیان سخاوت امیرالمومنین
Title: bāb 9
Title: در بیان شجاعت و قوت اسداللاه الغالب امیرالمعمنین
Title: bāb 10
Title: در بیان فراست و کیاست امیرالمومنین
Title: bāb 11
Title: در بیان انتقال امیرالمونین ... از عالم فنا بعالم بقا و یمن حصول شهادت و واصا شدن بذات خداوند


Manāqib-i Murtaz̤avī has been lithographed in Bombay AH 1269 and 1321, and Tehran AH 1273 (see Mushar, pp. 3130-31).

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 291 folios, 4 fly leaves.
Dimensions (leaf): 264 × 156 mm.
Dimensions (written):


Slightly wormeaten and partially repaired.


17 - 19 lines to the page; Blank spaces on folios 27v to 84v, left for headings and other rubrics, but not filled in. Table of contents Folio 16r


Black ink, rubrics in red; various inconsistent hands, from coarse Indian handwriting approaching a mixture of nasta‘līq and shikastah to relatively refined shikastah.

  • Marginalia Occasional additions in the margins.
  • 1v and 291v Owner's seal Bearing at the beginning and end of the MS. the seal of ‘Alī Ḥasan Khān Bahadur Masīh al-Dawlah Hakīm Mīrzā
  • inside cover Bookplates Bibilotheca Lindesiana, Bland MSS No. 401
  • on fly leaf Title and author's name مناقب مرتضوی تالیف محمد صالح حسین ترمذی در فضایل علی بن ابی صالب 4 الخ.
Catchwords on every verso page, often incorporated into the text.




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 Enriqueta Rylands, on behalf of the John Rylands Library, in 1901 from James Ludovic Lindsay, 26th Earl of Crawford.

Record Sources

Bibliographical description based on an index created by Reza Navabpour circa 1993. Identification of provenance based on manuscript catalogue by Michael Kerney, circa 1890s.


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.

Funding of Cataloguing

Iran Heritage Foundation and The John Rylands Research Institute


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