During the 16th century, several new travel guides to the sites of pilgrimage were written that were based on the earlier Hajj certificate tradition. One of the earliest and most popular accounts was by Muhyi al-Din Lari, a polymath who dedicated the work to Muzaffar bin Mahmudshah, the ruler of Gujarat in AH 911/1505-06 AD. The earliest known copy of the work is in the British Museum (Or. 3633) copied at Mecca in AH 951/1544 AD. Other dated copies are in the India Office Library (the British Library), Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, the Edwin Binney, 3rd Collection of Turkish Art at the Harvard University Art Museum, The Chester Beatty Library, Dublin and the New York Public Library (Barbra Schmitz, Islamic Manuscripts in the New York Public Library, New York, 1992, pp. 42-46, I.3).
The text appears to have been very popular. A number of manuscripts have survived, at least twelve of which, like ours, have colophon inscriptions indicating that they were produced in Mecca (Venetia Porter (ed), Hajj – Journey to the Heart of Islam, London, 2012, pp.46-53). Another copy written in Mecca and dated Jumada II AH 990/June-July 1582 AD in the Nasser D. Khalili Collection (.M. Rogers, The Arts of Islam, Abu Dhabi, 2008, no. 285, pp. 250-251).