Dīvān-i Kamāl al-Dīn Masʻud Khujandī & Dīvān-i Qāsim-i anwār

In 1927 the Ismaili scholar Wladimir Ivanow purchased a number of Arabic, Persian and Hindustani (Urdu) manuscripts on behalf of Dr. Casey Wood of McGill University. The collection is currently housed in Rare Books and Special Collections. The Ivanow manuscripts are within the Blackerwood Collection and number around 200. There are many treasures to be found within this collection, the example here being one such. The image below is from the Dīvān-i Kamāl al-Dīn Masʻud Khujandī & Dīvān-i Qāsim-i anwār, BWLW63. The Dīvān-i Kamāl is the primary text of the codex while the Dīvān-i Qāsim-i anwār is written in the margins, a seemingly popular manner of transmitting texts. This manuscript is noteworthy because it was, according to the preface owned by Ulughbeg, the son of Timur (a.k.a. Tamerlane) founder of the Timurid Empire.


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