Mar 30, 2008

Tarikh-i Jahan-gushay -Persian Manuscripts

The thirteenth century Persian historian ‘Ala’ al-Din ‘Ata-Malik b. Muhammad Juwayni wrote a detailed work on the history of the Mongols entitled Tarikh-i Jahan-gushay. Juwayni witnessed many of the events leading to the destruction of the Nizari Ismaili state in Persia by the Mongol ruler Hulegu, and was personally involved with the destruction of the Ismaili library at Alamut. In the third and final volume of this work, Juwayni provides an extensive account of the history, from his perspective, of the Nizari Ismaili state in Persia. The manuscript in the Institute’s collection, written in elegant naskhi script, is one of the earliest extant copies of this work.

Copied in 697/1297 by Mubarak Shah b. al-Haji al-Hasan

164 folios, 270 x 185 mm

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