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Or Ms 148: القرآن al-Qur'an, undated

Identifier: Or Ms 148
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Scope and Contents

A complete copy of the Qur'an from Sulṭān Tippū-Ṣāḥib's (d. 1799 C.E.) library.

Tippū was born in 1165 A.H., 1749 C.E. and succeeded his father, Ḥaydar ‘Alī, as Sulṭān of Mysore in 1197 A.H., 1782 C.E. He was killed in the Fourth Anglo-Mysore War, while defending his city Seringapatam against the British and their allies, the Niz̤ām and the Marhattas in 1214 A.H., 1799 C.E.

The titles of the sūrahs (chapters) are in large characters in gold; the first two pages are profusely illuminated in gilt and chiefly blue colour; richly illuminated throughout. Contains marks for certain tajwīd rules (e.g. pauses), and rukū‘ , ‘ashr, and ḥizb groupings etc., some of which are illuminated.


  • Creation: undated

Language of Materials

Arabic (Script: naskh)

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

On the flyleaf inside of the right-hand cover is written "For the University of Edinburgh From Tippoo's Library. College of Fort William 15th August 1805. Presented by the Honourable the [sic] Court of Directors for the affairs of the Honorable the [sic] East India Company. Charles Wilkins, Librarian. Library East India House, 15th August 1806.' The discrepancy in the year recorded here is given as found.

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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