Isl. Ms. 882


Daftar-i sivvum az Qiṣṣah-i Abū Muslim Marvazī,[late 17th or early 18th century?].دفتر سیوم از قصه ابو مسلم مروزی,[پایان قرن 17 یا آغاز قرن 18م؟].


Abū Ṭāhir Ṭarsūsī, Muḥammad ibn Ḥasan.ابو طاهر طرسوسى، محمد بن حسن.

Place/Date of Production:



261 leaves :paper ;316 x 210 (235 x 150) mm. bound to 324 x 218 mm.


Fine copy of the epic tale relating the life and personality of Abū Muslim al-Khurāsānī (fl. 8th cent.) in the version attributed to Abū Ṭāhir Tartūsī (Ṭarsūsī, Tūsī, Ṭarṭūsī ; see opening matter on p.10).

Other Title(s):

Abū Muslimʻnāmahابو مسلم نامهدفتر سوم از قصه ابو مسلم مروزىQiṣṣah-i Abū Muslim Marvazīقصه ابو مسلم مروزیKuseye Aboo MoslemTitle inscribed in pencil on verso of front flyleaf (p.6):Kuseye Aboo MoslemTitle from rubricated note on incipit page (p.10):دفتر سیویم قصه امیر ابا مسلمدفتر سيوم از قصه ابو مسلم مروزى


Manuscripts, Persian--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Khurāsānī, Abū Muslim ʻAbd al-Raḥmān ibn Muslim,--8th cent.




Ms. codex.
Title from inscription on p.7.


"الحمد لله رب العالمین والعاقبة للمتقین الصواه [الصلوة] والسلام على رسوله محمد واله اجمعین اول بنام آنکه مکیس منیت مشترک ان خالق خلاق و ان مالک ملک ... و حکیم ابو طاهر ترتوسی رحمة الله علیه ..."


"والله اعلم بالصواب تم تمام شد هذا الكتاب بعون الملك الوهاب از قصه امیر امیران ... یعنی بنام خوش امیر عبد الرحمن بن اسد بن جنید بن آل عمران تمام شد دفتر سیویم قصه ابو مسلم مروزی بموجب فرمایش بیگمصاحبه محترمه معظمه فیاضه زمان ملكۀ دوران نواب شاهزاده بيگم صاحبه بنت بادشاه جم جاه شاه عالم بهادر پادشاه غازی تم تم تم"


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Physical Details:

ii, IV+1 (9), 13 IV(113), I (115), 5 IV(155), 2 II(163), IV+2 (173), 10 IV(253), III (259), I (261), ii (per mid-quire marks) ; chiefly quaternions ; middle of the quire marks in the form of black strokes in the upper outer corner of the right-hand leaf and lower-outer corner of the right-hand leaf ; catchwords present ; foliation in black ink, Hindu-Arabic numerals ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes inserts and flyleaves and skips two pages each between pp.7-8 and 513-514).


Written in 17 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Nastaʻlīq ; bold, elegant hand ; serifless with effect of words descending to baseline, elongation and exaggerated thickness of horizontal strokes, pointing (two and three dots) mainly in distinct or conjoined dots.


Keywords and section headings rubricated ; textual dividers in the form of inverted commas in red.


non-European (likely Indian or Persian) laid paper with 8-9 laid lines per cm. (vertical, fairly distinct) and rare chain line visible, cloudy formation, quite sturdy though transluscent, well-burnished, dark cream in color ; staining and tide lines.


Boards covered in shell 'marbled' paper (mainly in blue and burnt orange) with tan leather over spine and board corners (half-binding) ; Western style binding ; pastedowns and flyleaves in seafoam green wove paper, hinges in dark purple textile ; spine stamped with title "KUSEYE ABOO MOSLEM" on piece of dark blue leather ; now sewn in white thread over five recessed cords ; Western-style worked endbands in blue and red threads over a leather core ; overall in fairly good condition with minor abrasion, etc.

Accompanying Materials:

a. Slip with note "Persian MSS (Heyworth-Dunne?) No Husselman or Meredith-Owens notes" (paginated pp.1-2) -- b. Slip with note "counted for 1968/69 Annual Report" (paginated pp.3-4).

Former Shelfmarks:

Mich. Isl. Ms. temp. no. 31


Lacks dated colophon. Patronage note at close (p.526) may refer to composition of this recension or to execution of the copy, apparently on the order of Navvāb (Shāhzādah Baygum (Begam) Ṣāḥibah bint Pādishāh Jam Jāh Shāh ʻĀlam Bahādur Padishāh Ghāzī (نواب شاهزاده بيگم صاحبه بنت پادشاه جم جاه شاه عالم بهادر پادشاه غازى), i.e daughter of Bahādur Shāh I (Shāh ʻĀlam I), see descriptive note on added leaf (p.7). Paper, hand, etc. could be consistent with a late 17th century dating, though a later dating may be more likely.

Ownership and History:

On added leaf at opening (pp.7-8) inscription with title and detailed description addressing contents, etc. ; collation statement (with extent / number of leaves) on 'title page' (p.9) ; rubricated note on incipit page indicates partial date of completion (year not specified) "... تمام شد دفتر سيويم قصه امير ابا مسلم بتاريخ نهم شهر رجب المرجب" ; occasional glosses and marginal corrections.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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Former Owner(s):

Nuttall, Frank E., 1875-1943, former owner.

In Collection:

F. E. Nuttall Collection.


Moscati, S. "Abū Muslim." In EI2,Vol. I, p.141, col.1Sajjadi, Sadeq. and Tr. Farzin Negahban. "Abū Muslim-nāmah." in Encyclopaedia Islamica,Vol. 2, p.349, col.1

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Posted by evyn on February 2, 2011
Tags: F. E. Nuttall Collection, Fully Catalogued, Persian MSS

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