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  • Manuscript/Mixed Material
    [Qurʼān]
    [قرأن]
    This 19th-century manuscript Qurʼan is in a Nashki script with diacritical marks in black. Nashki was the calligraphic style used for the most beautiful Qurʼans of the period, because of its small size and great delicacy. The first two pages are elaborately illuminated in green, blue, and red on a gold background. The titles of the surahs (chapters) are in gold. The borders are...
    • Contributor: Ṣāfī, Aḥmad Rashīd - Balawī, Ibrāhīm Adʹham Gharbaldah - McVicker, Charles C.
    • Date: 18??

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    [Unnamed Sufi treatise] This manuscript in Persian is an untitled Sufi text on meditation containing both poetry and prose. It was completed in early 1520, probably in Herat (present-day Afghanistan) or Mashhad (present-day Iran). The colophon, which is in Arabic, gives the name of the scribe, Mīr 'Alī Ḥusaynī Haravī (circa 1476-1543). The manuscript is on a firm cream-colored paper inlaid into light cream (folios 1-8) or...
    • Contributor: Mīr ʻalī Ḥusaynī Haravī
    • Date: 1520

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    Durrat al-tāj
    درة التاج
    Shiite prayer book; consists of prayers to be said on the visitation of Caliph ʻAlī ibn Abī Ṭālib's tomb. This manuscript of Durrat al-tāj (The crown jewel) is a Shiite prayer book, consisting of prayers to be said when making a visitation to the tomb of Caliph ʻAlī ibn Abī Ṭālib (circa 601-61). 'Alī ibn Abī Ṭālib is one of the most revered religious...
    • Contributor: Ibn Rustam Khān Ṣafī Qulī
    • Date: 16??

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    Hāz̲ā duʻā-yi ṣanamay-i Quraysh az Mawlānā Amīr al-Muʼminīn
    هاذا دعاى صنمي قريش از امير المؤمنين | Hādhaʼ duʻā-yi ṣanamay-i Quraysh az Mawlānā Amīr al-Muʼminīn
    Text of the Shīʻah prayer of ʻAlī ibn Abī Ṭālib titled Duʻa-yi ṣanam-i Quraysh together with an interlinear Persian translation.
    • Contributor: ʻalī Ibn Abī Ṭālib - Shīrāzī, Abū Al-Qāsim
    • Date: 1808

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    Munājāt
    مناجات
    Caliph 'Alī ibn Abī Ṭālib (circa 601-61) is one of the most revered religious and holy figures of Islam. In Iran, he is referred to by the honorary name Amir al-Muʼminin, which translates from Arabic as “Commander of the Faithful” and is used to refer to him in Persian. Written works by 'Alī ibn Abī Ṭālib and sayings attributed to him are sacred to...
    • Contributor: ʻalī Ibn Abī Ṭālib - Vahīd Ḥusaynī - Alī Ibn Abī Ṭālib
    • Date: 17??

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  • Book/Printed Material
    German intrigues in Persia, In November 1914, after the Ottoman Empire entered World War I on the side of Germany and the Central Powers, Sultan-Caliph Mehmed V issued a call for a worldwide jihad against Britain and France. The Germans and their Turkish allies hoped to stir up Muslims against British rule in India and to draw Persia and Afghanistan, both of which had declared their neutrality, into...
    • Contributor: [Griesinger, W]
    • Date: 1918-01-01
    • Resource: - 44 pages

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    A journey in Khorassan and Central Asia. A Journey in Khorassan and Central Asia is a short, privately printed account by the author, Robert J. Kennedy, of a journey that he and his wife, Bertha Kennedy, took through northeastern Persia (present-day Iran) and parts of Russian Central Asia in March-April 1890. At the time Kennedy was the chargé d'affaires at the British legation in Tehran. The journey is described in three...
    • Contributor: Kennedy, Robert J. - Kennedy, Bertha J.
    • Date: 1890-01-01
    • Resource: - 109 pages

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    Īn nuskhah-i marghūb-i nādir-i muʻtabar-i kas̲īr al-khāṣṣīyat-i musammá bih Tīmūrʹnāmah-ʼi kullīyāt-i Fārsī
    / | Bi-ʻawn-i ṣannāʻ-i makīn va makkān va faz̤l-i khallāq-i zamīn va zamān | Bih Taymūrʹnāmah-ʼi kullīyāt-i Fārsī | n nuskhah-i marghūb-i nādir-i muʻtabar-i kas̲īr al-khāṣṣīyat-i musammá bih Taymūrʹnāmah-ʼi kullīyāt-i Fārsī | Taymūrʹnāmah-ʼi kullīyāt-i Fārsī | Bih Tīmūrʹnāmah-ʼi kullīyāt-i Fārsī | Tīmūrʹnāmah-ʼi kullīyāt-i Fārsī | اين نسخه مرغوب نادر معتبر کثير الخاصيت مسمى به تيمورنامۀ کليات فارسى / | Īn nuskhah-i marghūb-i nādir-i muʻtabar-i kas̲īr al-khāṣṣīyat-i musammá bih Taymūrʹnāmah-ʼi kullīyāt-i Fārsī
    Extensive historical study of Amir Timur's conquests of Afghan and Iranian cities. Kulliyat-e Farsi Taymurnamah (literally, The biographical account of Timur) is a biography of Timur or Tamerlane (1336-1405), the Turkic-Mongolian founder of the Timurid dynasty and lineage. It chronicles in detail his personal, political, and military life, including campaigns and conquests, and events in the regions of present-day Central Asia, Afghanistan, and Iran....
    • Contributor: Bukhārī, Muḥammad Qāsim Ibn ʻabd Al-Khāliq
    • Date: 1913-01-01

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    My wanderings in Persia : with illus. and map showing the scientific frontier in Afghanistan, and the Russian advance in Central Asia. With author's routes, etc. My Wanderings in Persia is an account of a three-year journey to and posting in Tehran in 1875-78 by a British official contracted to the India Office for unspecified services. The author traveled by sea from London to Bombay and to Karachi and then overland to Tehran. His return journey was via Russia and across Europe. The book contains descriptions of the major cities...
    • Contributor: Anderson, T.S. - Anderson, T. S.
    • Date: 1880-01-01
    • Resource: - 381 pages

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    Four months in Persia and a visit to Trans-Caspia, Four Months in Persia and a Visit to Trans-Caspia is a compilation of articles that originally appeared in various newspapers and journals in India and the United Kingdom. The author, Cuthbert Edward Biddulph, was an official in the Indian Civil Service who specialized in Central Asian and Afghan affairs. The articles are based on travels that Biddulph undertook in 1890 and 1891. The first...
    • Contributor: Biddulph, C. E. (Cuthbert Edward) - Biddulph, Cuthbert Edward
    • Date: 1892-01-01
    • Resource: - 156 pages

  • Book/Printed Material
    Persia and the Persian question, George Nathaniel Curzon (1859-1925) was a British politician, traveler, and writer who served as viceroy of India from 1899 to 1905 and foreign secretary from 1919 to 1924. As a young man he traveled extensively and wrote several books that drew on his travels, including Russia in Central Asia (1889), Persia and the Persian Question (1892), and Problems of the Far East (1894). Persia...
    • Contributor: Curzon of Kedleston, George Nathaniel Curzon
    • Date: 1892-01-01
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    La Perse d'aujourd'hui--Iran. La Perse d'aujourd'hui is an account of trips made by the author in parts of Persia (present-day Iran) and Mesopotamia (present-day Iraq) in the second half of 1906 and the first half of 1907. The places visited included territories that as a consequence of later territorial changes are now in Azerbaijan and eastern Turkey. Mesopotamia was at this time part of the Ottoman Empire....
    • Contributor: Aubin, Eugène - [Descos, Léon Eugène Aubin Coullard] 1863
    • Date: 1908-01-01
    • Resource: - 472 pages

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    Journal of a diplomate's three years' residence in Persia. Edward Backhouse Eastwick (1814-83) was a British orientalist scholar and diplomat, best known for his translations of Persian literary classics. After being educated at Balliol and Merton colleges, Oxford, Eastwick went to India where he joined the Bombay infantry as a cadet. He soon moved over to the East India Company, and later to the British civil service, largely because of his proficiency in...
    • Contributor: Eastwick, Edward Backhouse
    • Date: 1864-01-01
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    Narrative of a journey into Khorasān, in the years 1821 and 1822. Including some account of the countries to the north-east of Persia; with remarks upon the national character, government, and resources ... Also available in digital form on the Library of Congress Web site. digital files not viewed; td12 2013-7-16
    • Contributor: Fraser, James Baillie
    • Date: 1825-01-01
    • Resource: - 800 pages

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    Through Persia in disguise; with reminiscences of the Indian mutiny Through Persia in Disguise, with Reminiscences of the Indian Mutiny consists of diary entries written by Charles Edward Stewart, an officer in the Indian Army and later British consul general at Tabriz and at Odessa, edited and published posthumously by members of his family. Part one of the book recounts Stewart's role in the suppression of the Indian Mutiny of 1857 (also known as...
    • Contributor: Stewart, Charles Edward - Stewart, Basil
    • Date: 1911
    • Resource: - 477 pages

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    A history of Persia, "List of authorities": v. 2, p. 541-547. Also available in digital form on the Library of Congress Web site. digital files not viewed; td12 2013-8-27
    • Contributor: Sykes, Percy - Sykes, Percy Molesworth
    • Date: 1921-01-01
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    The history of Persia. Containing, the lives and memorable action of its kings from the first erecting of that monarchy to this time; an exact description of all its dominions; a curious ... Captain John Stevens (died 1726) was a prolific translator and embellisher of Spanish and Portuguese works of history and literature who published this book in 1715. In his preface, Stevens explained: "Persia is at this time, and has been for several Ages, one of the Great Eastern Monarchies, and yet the Accounts we have hitherto had of it in English have been no better...
    • Contributor: Mīr Khvānd, Muḥammad Ibn Khāvandshāh - Tūrān Shāh Ibn Quṭb Al-Dīn - Teixeira, Pedro - Stevens, John - Pre- Imprint Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1715

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    Maṭlaʻ al-saʻdayn
    مطلع السعدين | Maṭla-us-Saʻdain | Matla-us sudain : history of the period from 704 A.H. to 874 A.H. Starting from the birth of Sultan Abu Saeed Khan and others describing the empires of Iran and Turan
    The first volume of a two volume work which in all covers 170 years. The first volume covers the years from the birth of the last Mongol ruler of Persia Abū Saʻīd (704/1304/5) until the death of Abū S aʻīd, the granson of Tīmūr (807/1405). This manuscript is volume one of Matla us-Sadain wa Majma ul-Baahrain (The rising of the propitious twin stars and...
    • Contributor: ʻabd Al-Razzāq Kamāl Al-Dīn Ibn Isḥāq Al-Samarqandī
    • Date: 18??

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    Kitāb-i Tārīkh-i ʻĀlamʹāra
    كتاب تاريخ عالمأرا
    History of Shāh ʻAbbas of the Safavid dynasty and his predecessors. This early 19th-century manuscript contains a history of Shāh ʻAbbas (1571-1629, reigned 1588-1629) and his predecessors, composed in the late 16th or early 17th century by a contemporary. The manuscript most likely was written in Iran. The paper is a light cream, glazed laid stock. The text is written in nasta'liq script, 23...
    • Contributor: Kāzarūnī, Ghulām Ḥusayn Ibn ʻaṭṭār ʻalīʻaskar - Iskandar Munshī
    • Date: 1812

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    The chronicles of a traveller: or, A history of the Afghan wars with Persia, Father Tadeusz Judas Krusiński (also seen as Tadeusz Jan Krusiński, 1675-1756) was a Polish Jesuit priest who spent nearly 20 years in Persia (Iran) at the court in the Safavid capital of Isfahan. In 1722 he was an eyewitness to the siege and conquest of Isfahan by an invading Afghan force. Krusiński wrote an account in Latin of the war and its immediate aftermath,...
    • Contributor: Mitford, George Newnham - Clodius, J. C. (Johann Christian) - Krusiński, Tadeusz Jan
    • Date: 1840-01-01
    • Resource: - 252 pages

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    Tārīkh-i Nādirī
    تاريخ نادري
    Manuscript is incomplete; text breaks off abruptly at second word of line 5, leaf 257a. Tārīkh-i Nādirī (The history of Nadir) is a historical work that chronicles the political and military career of Nadir Shah, who was born in 1688 and rose to power in Iran during the 1720s; he became shah in 1736. (This work is also known as Jahāngushāy-i Nādirī in reference...
    • Contributor: Munro, Thomas - Mahdī Khān Astarābādī
    • Date: 1760

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    Waqiat-i-Nadiri (History of Nadir Shah)
    Waqa-i-Nadiri | Vāqiʻāt-i Nādiri
    Historical study of Iran and Afghanistan during the reign of Nādir Shāh, 1688-1747. Waqiat-i Nadiri (literally "Events of Nadir") is a historical manuscript that chronicles the political and military career of Nādir Shāh, who was born in 1688 and rose to power in Iran during the 1720s; he became shah in 1736. He is known as a military warrior famous for his campaigns in...
    • Contributor: Mahdī Khān Astarābādī
    • Date: 1759

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    Tārīkh-i jahānkushā-yi Nādirī
    / | Tārīkh-i jahāngushā-yi Nādirī | تاريخ جهانکشاى نادرى /
    Historical study of Iran and Afghanistan during the reign of Nādir Shāh, 1688-1747. Tārīkh-i jahānkushā-yi Nādirī (The history of the world-conquering Nāder) is a historical study of Iran and Afghanistan during the reign of Nāder Shah (1736-47), written by a contemporary. Nāder was born in 1688 into a humble pastoral family. He established his reputation as a skilled military commander in fighting with Afghan...
    • Contributor: Nūr Al-Dīn Ibn Jīvā Khān - Ibrāhīm Ibn Nūr Muḥammad - Mahdī Khān Astarābādī
    • Date: 1875-01-01

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    The dynasty of the Kajars. The Dynasty of the Kajars is an English translation of an original manuscript, Maʼāsir-i sulṭānīyah, published in London in 1833 in an edition of 250 copies. The translator, Sir Harford Jones Brydges (1764-1847), was a British diplomat in the service of the East India Company who served as the company's envoy-extraordinary and minister-plenipotentiary to the court of Persia from 1807 to 1811, and who...
    • Contributor: Maftūn Dunbulī, ʻabd Al-Razzāq - Brydges, Harford Jones - Jones, Harford
    • Date: 1833-01-01
    • Resource: - 668 pages