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Manuscript/Mixed Material Kitāb-i Tārīkh-i ʻĀlamʹāra كتاب تاريخ عالمأرا

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  • Kitāb-i Tārīkh-i ʻĀlamʹāra

Other Title

  • 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 lines to the page, in black ink, with red ink used for headings, keywords, and some punctuation. Catchwords appear on verso pages. ʻAbbās I, also known as ʻAbbās the Great, was one of the most successful rulers of the Safavid dynasty (1502-1736). He expelled Ottoman and Uzbek invaders from Persian soil and transferred the capital of the empire from Kazvin to Isfahan, which he then developed into one of the world's most beautiful cities. He introduced reforms that improved the lives of his subjects and cultivated new commercial and diplomatic relations with the European powers. Persian artistic achievement also reached its high point during his reign, as carpet weaving, ceramics, painting, and the production of illuminated manuscripts all flourished under his patronage. World Digital Library.


  • Iskandar Munshī, 1560 or 1561-1633 or 1634
  • Kāzarūnī, Ghulām Ḥusayn ibn ʻAṭṭār ʻAlīʻaskar, scribe

Created / Published

  • Rajab 1227 [July 1812]


  • -  ʻAbbās--I,--Shah of Iran,--1571-1629
  • -  Manuscripts, Persian--Washington (D.C.)
  • -  Iran--History--Safavid dynasty, 1501-1736--Biography
  • -  Iran--Kings and rulers--Early works to 1800
  • -  Iran


  • -  "1038F7 19 Mr 47"--Folio 1a.
  • -  Contemporary leather binding in poor condition; rear cover detached.
  • -  Folios 1b-271b.
  • -  Library of Congress manuscript, Persian Cage 295 (79) Near East 111.
  • -  Manuscript.
  • -  Nastalīq script; 23 lines in written area 23 x 13.5 cm.
  • -  Paper is light cream, glazed laid stock; black ink with headings, keywords and some punctuation in red ink; catchwords on versos.
  • -  Probably written in Iran.
  • -  Title from colophon.
  • -  Storey, C. A. Persian literature, I, 310
  • -  Also available in digital form on the Library of Congress Web site.
  • -  Persian.
  • -  digital files not viewed; td12 2013-7-16


  • [271] leaves (23 lines) bound ; 30.2 cm

Call Number/Physical Location

  • DS292.6 .I84 1812

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2012498357

Online Format

  • pdf
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The contents of the Library of Congress Persian Language Manuscript Project are in the public domain or have no known copyright restrictions and are free to use and reuse.

Credit Line: Library of Congress, African and Middle East Division, Near East Section Persian Manuscript Collection

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Chicago citation style:

Iskandar Munshī, 1560 Or Or 1634, and Ghulām Ḥusayn Ibn ʻAṭṭār ʻAlīʻAskar Kāzarūnī. Kitāb-i Tārīkh-i ʻĀlamʹāra. [Rajab 12, 1812] Manuscript/Mixed Material.

APA citation style:

Iskandar Munshī, 1. O. O. 1. & Kāzarūnī, G. Ḥ. I. ʻ. ʻ. (1812) Kitāb-i Tārīkh-i ʻĀlamʹāra. [Rajab 12] [Manuscript/Mixed Material] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Iskandar Munshī, 1560 Or Or 1634, and Ghulām Ḥusayn Ibn ʻAṭṭār ʻAlīʻAskar Kāzarūnī. Kitāb-i Tārīkh-i ʻĀlamʹāra. [Rajab 12, 1812] Manuscript/Mixed Material. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.