Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Add. 797 (University Library, Cambridge University)

Oriental Manuscripts


Summary of Contents: A controversial work [composed in the reign of Qājār, Fatḥ ʻAlī Shāh, Shah of Iran, -1834 ] to refute the attacks on Islam made by Henry Martin the missionary.
ff. 1v-92r
Incipit: وبعد پوشیده نماناد که هدایت ارباب درایت و ایقان اگرچه علی الظاهر متن تب است بر دلیل و برهان امّا فی الواقع و نفس‌الامر موقوف است بتوفیقات یزدانی و ارادت ربّانی و دلیل و برهان که منتج علم و ایقانست …
Language(s): Persian


The whole of this treatise was translated into English by the Rev . S. Lee, formerly Professor of Arabic in the University of Cambridge, and this translation occupies pp. 161-450 of his Controversial Tracts on Christianity and Mohammedanism (Cambridge, 1824). Some account of the author, Hamadānī, Muḥammad Riz̤ā ibn Muḥammad Amīn, supplied by Mirza Salih) the Persian Envoy, will be found on pp. cxvnr-cxxrn of the same work. The original document cited is contained in item 6 of following Cambridge UL MS Add. 567.

Physical Description

Form: other
Extent: 92ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 20.5 × 13.8 cm.


21 lines per page


Written in a very good, clear, small naskh Samuel Lee


Soft binding, Light brown leather


Origin: Early 13th century AH; Early 19th century CE

Provenance and Acquisition

Donated by S. Lee (1783-1852) in no date.

Record Sources

Manuscript description based on E. G. Browne: A hand-list of the Muhammadan manuscripts, including all those written in the Arabic character, preserved in the Library of the University of Cambridge. Cambridge, 1900 E. G. Browne: A catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the Library of the University of Cambridge. Cambridge, 1896 abbreviated by the OCIMCO project team.


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