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Or Ms 181: هدايهٔ فارسی (جلد دوم) Hidāyah-yi Fārsī (vol. ii), 1201 A.H., 1786 C.E.

Identifier: Or Ms 181

Scope and Contents

A copy of the second volume of the Hidāya, a celebrated treatise on Islamic Jurisprudence according to the doctrine of Imām Abū Ḥanīfah (d. 150 A.H., 767 C.E.) and his disciples Abū Yūsuf and Imām Muḥammad, the original work being in Arabic.

It is a commentary on the Badāyat al-Mubtadā' by Shaykh Burhān al-Dīn 'Alī b. Abū Bakr al-Marghīnānī, who was born in Transoxania, and died at the age of 64, 593 A.H., 1197 C.E.

The Persian version of this work was made, at the desire of the Warren Hastings, East India Company Governor General of Bengal, by Ghulām Yaḥya Khān, assisted by Mullā, Taj al-Dīn, Mīr Muḥammad Ḥusain, and Mullā Sharī'at-allāh, 1190 A.H. (1776 C.E.).

The current copy's contents correspond to a translation into English made by Charles Hamilton (published London, 1791), an endeavour in which the collector of this copy, James Anderson, was also involved.


  • Creation: 1201 A.H.
  • Creation: 1786 C.E.

Language of Materials

Persian (Script: nasta'līq)

Conditions Governing Access

Open. Please contact the repository in advance.


1 volume

Other Finding Aids

Hukk, Mohammed Ashraful; Ethé, Hermann; and Robertson, Edward, A Descriptive Catalogue of the Arabic and Persian Manuscripts in Edinburgh University Library (Hertford: Stephen Austin & Sons Ltd., 1925).

Custodial History

Copied for the collector, James Anderson.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated to the University of Edinburgh Library by Adam Anderson, nephew of the collector, James Anderson, in 1844.

Processing Information

Annotation uses legacy data from Mohammed Hukk et al. A Descriptive Catalogue of the Arabic and Persian Manuscripts in Edinburgh University Library.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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