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    Islamic Manuscripts Featuring The Mohamed Makiya Collection

    18 April 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 123

    NURULLAH BIN SAYYID SHARIF AL-MAR'ASHI AL-HUSAYNI AL-SHUSHTARI (D. 1610 AD): MAJALIS AL-MU'MININ

    SIGNED MUHAMMAD QASIM, SAFAVID IRAN, DATED SUNDAY RABI' I AH 1046/AUGUST 1636 AD

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    NURULLAH BIN SAYYID SHARIF AL-MAR'ASHI AL-HUSAYNI AL-SHUSHTARI (D. 1610 AD): MAJALIS AL-MU'MININ
    SIGNED MUHAMMAD QASIM, SAFAVID IRAN, DATED SUNDAY RABI' I AH 1046/AUGUST 1636 AD
    A very early copy of this seminal work on the lives of eminent Shi'a personalities from the beginning of Islam to the rise of the Safavid dynasty, Persian manuscript on paper, 590ff. plus one fly-leaf, each folio with 24ll. of black naskh script arranged in one, two or three columns, important words and titles picked out in red, some sentences overlined in red, text within gold and polychrome rules, opening folio with finely illuminated headpiece, before two large finely illuminated shamsa decorated in gold and polychrome containing the index in white nasta'liq script within each of the petals, with catchwords, colophon dated, occasional marginal notes, with European bookplate, in damaged brown
    Text panel 7 ¾ x 4 1/8in. (19.3 x 10.4cm.); folio 12 1/8 x 7 ¼in. (30.8 x 18cm.)


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    This work is in twelve parts each dealing with various eminent persons, such as the companions of the Prophet, scholars, poets and sufis, among others, from the beginning of Islam to the rise of the Safavid Dynasty. Nurullah al-Shushtari left his native Persia for India. He was presented to the emperor Akbar and subsequently appointed Qadi of Lahore where he started the present work in AH 993/ 1585-86 AD. He was put to death on the orders of the Emperor Jahangir because of his religious beliefs.

    There are 4 copies of this work in the British Library, see C. Rieu, Catalogue of the Persian Manuscripts in the British Museum, vol. I, London, photolithographic reprint 1966, pp. 337-38, no. Add. 23,541.

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    Provenance

    The Hagop Kevorkian Collection (807) ; acquired Sotheby's, London, 18 July 1983, lot 59