Preliminary Guide to the Islamic Manuscripts Collection

Preliminary arrangement and description by D. Tambo
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Preliminary Guide to the Islamic Manuscripts Collection, ca. A.D. 1122-latter 1800s

Collection number: Mss 207

Department of Special Collections

Davidson Library

University of California, Santa Barbara
Processed by:
Preliminary arrangement and description by D. Tambo
Date Completed:
July 28, 2010
Encoded by:
A. Demeter
© 2011 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Islamic Manuscripts Collection
Dates: ca. A.D. 1122-latter 1800s
Collection number: Mss 207
Collection Size: 0.9 linear feet (3 oversize boxes).
Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Dept. of Special Collections
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
Abstract: The collection contains 39 items, single and double leaves from previously disbound Islamic texts, written in many parts of the Islamic world, including Afghanistan, China, Egypt, Gulf States [Qajar], India, North Africa [Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia], Pakistan, Persia [Iran], Syria, and Turkey, from the 12th to the 19th centuries A.D.
Physical location: Vault.
Languages: Arabic, Persian, Bihari

Access Restrictions

None.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.

Preferred Citation

Islamic Manuscripts Collection. Mss 207. Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Acquisition Information

Multiple purchases, 2003-2004 and in hand.

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection contains 39 items, single and double leaves from previously disbound Islamic texts, written in many parts of the Islamic world, including Afghanistan, China, Egypt, Gulf States [Qajar], India, North Africa [Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia], Pakistan, Persia [Iran], Syria, and Turkey, from the 12th to the 19th centuries A.D. There are five chronologically arranged series: History, Koran, Poetry, Prayers, and Miscellany.
Special Collections also has bound copies of manuscript and printed Korans and other Islamic texts.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Manuscripts--Islamic countries.
Koran--Manuscripts
Persian poetry.


 

History

Box 1: 1

Shahnameh (Persian Book of the Kings), A.D. 1500s. [#6298]

Box 1: 1

Shahnamah (Persian Book of the Kings), A.H. 1228/A.D. 1810. Decorated Persian manuscript on paper. [#5028]

Box 1: 1

Shanama, ca. A.D. late 1700s or early 1800s. Single leaf, Persian miniature, from the chapter Kay Ka'us - the story of Siyavash, illustrating Siyavash's ordeal by fire. [#15890]

Box 1: 1

Shahnameh, A.D. 1852-1853. Two leaves, scribed by Baba Khalil Allah in Kashmir; written in Persian in the nasta'liq script. [#3770 and 3771]

 

Koran

Box 2: 1

Koran, A.H. 500/A.D. 1122. Single leaf from a Koran, Cairo, Egypt. [HBS23213].

Box 1: 3

Koran, ca. A.D. 1200. Single leaf from a Koran, produced in Mamluk, Syria [#19305]

Box 2: 1

Koran, ca. A.D. 1200. Single leaf from a Koran, possibly Persian, ca. 1200. Written in Cufic characters on recto and verso. The style of calligraphy suggests Mashad (Persia), although possibly from Arabia or Egypt. Description accompanying leaf notes that a few leaves from this manuscript are in the Oriental Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston [HBS22173]

Box 1: 5

Koran, ca. A.D. 1425. Single leaf from a Koran, India, state of Bihar, bihari script. [#17781]

Box 1: 3

Koran, ca. A.D. 1553-1558. Single leaf from a Koran, Persia. [#2110]

Box 1: 3

Koran, ca. A.D. late 1500s. Single leaf from a Koran, probably Heart or Bokhara [Uzbekistan]; surah headings are written in thuluth script. [#17205]

Box 1: 2

Koran, ca. A.D. 1600. Single leaf from a Koran, Turkey. [#15255]

Box 1: 4

Koran, A.D. 1616. Single leaf from a Koran, India. [#18750]

Box 1: 2

Koran, ca. A.D. 1700. Single leaf from a Koran, Meghribi script, Morocco. [#19125]

Box 1: 2

Koran, ca. A.D. 1700. Single leaf from a Koran, Meghribi script, Morocco. [#19214]

Box 1: 2

Koran, ca. A.D. 1700. Single leaf from a Koran, Persia. [#6266]

Box 1: 4

Koran, ca. A.D. late 1700s. Single leaf from a Koran, Sini script, China. [#21402]

Box 1: 2

Koran, ca. A.D. mid-1800s. Two leaves from a Koran, scribed in Qajar [Gulf States], in Naskhi. [5356/5358]

 

Poetry

Box 2: 2

Dewan, A.H. 879/A.D.1474-1475. Single leaf of the Dewan, written by Mohammed Shams od-Din Hafez [A.D. 1325-1399], a Sufi Muslim lyrical poet. [#18037]

Box 2: 2

Kamseh, A.D. 1553. Single leaf of the Kamseh, written by Elyan Usof Nezami Ganjavy, Persian romantic poet [A.D. 1141-1209], in nasta'liq script. [#18016]

Box 2: 2

Diwin, A.D. late 1500s. Two leaves of the Diwin by Shahi Subzuwari, Persian Sufi Muslim poet, in nasta'liq script. [#3792]

Box 2: 2

Kuliyat, ca. A.D. 1610. Single leaf from an edition of Sa'adi's works, compiled as a Kulliyat, in the Islamic Sufi tradition. [#2197]

Box 2: 3

Haft Awrang, A.D. 1614. Single leaf from the Haft Awrang or 'Seven Thorns', the didactic and romantic poems of Abd al-Rahman Jami, either India or Afghanistan, written in Persian, in nasta'liq script. [#2126]

Box 2: 3

Mathnawi of Jalalu'ddin Rumi, A.D. 1724. Single leaf, in Persian, Mughal India, probably Lucknow, nasta'liq script. [#17961]

Box 2: 3

Divan'I-Nawai, ca. A.D. 1750. Single leaf from a book of love lyrics by the 15th century poet Mir'Ali Shir Nawai, Kashmir or northern India, in Turki nasta'liq script. [#3792]

Box 2: 3

[Persian Epic Poetry genre], ca. A.D. mid-1700s. Single leaf, scribed in Persia or perhaps Afghanistan, nasta'liq script. [#6628]

Box 3: 1

[Persian Epic Poetry genre], ca. A.D. mid-1700s. Single leaf, scribed in Persia or perhaps Afghanistan, nasta'liq script. [#18438]

Box 3: 1

[Anthology or Collection of Poems], ca. 1760. Single leaf, in nasta'liq script, of poems by Sa'di, amir Khusrao, Jami, and others. [#22650]

Box 3: 1

Farsi Poetry, ca. A.D. late-1700s. Single leaf, Safavid period, nasta'liq script. [#22114]

 

Prayers

Box 2: 4

Book of Prayers, A.D. 1689. Single leaf from the Al-Kamilat Al-Sajjadiyah, Prayers, composed by Zayn Al-Abidin 'Ali ibn al Husayn [#18721]

Box 2: 4

Al-Juzuli, Da ..., A.D. early 1700s. Single leaf from Al-Juzuli, Da; A'Il Al-Khayrat and other prayers in Arabic, Meghribi script, (Morocco, Tunisia, and Algeria). [#19215]

Box 2: 5

Prayer Book, ca. A.D. 1740. Single leaf, written in India, naskh and nasta'liq scripts. [#2121]

Box 2: 5

Dala'il al-Khayrat, A.D. 1778. Pair of leaves from a devotional prayer book composed by Muhammad ibn Sulayman al-Jazuli, in Arabic nasta'liq, with Persian translation. [#6583/6584]

Box 3: 2

Dala'il al-Kharat, ca. A.D. 1790. Single leaf, North Africa, written by bin Suleyman bin Yacoub al-Najjar at Talmasan in Maghribi script. [#24786]

Box 2: 5

Book of Prayers, A.D. early 1800s. Two leaves, written during the Ottoman Empire in Turkey, in naskh script. [#17540 and 17541]

Box 3: 2

Dala'il al-Khayrat, A.D. 1878. Single leaf, India, written in Naskhi script. [#6277]

 

Miscellany

Box 3: 3

Persian Manuscript, ca. A.D. 1800s. Two leaves with water color paintings, polo game. [HBS49159]

Box 3: 3

Persian Manuscript, ca. A.D. 1800s. Two leaves with water color paintings, wrestling scene. [HBS49159]

Box 3: 4

Unidentified