Arba'un Hadithan [Forty Tradition]

Material Information

Arba'un Hadithan [Forty Tradition] exemplars
Series Title:
Objects of instruction : treasures of SOAS
Added title page title:
Arba'ūn Ḥadīthan
Added title page title:
Forty Traditions
Added title page title:
أربعون حديث نبوي
Nur al-Din 'Abd al-Rahman Jami (1414-1492), poet
الجامي، عبد الرحمن بن أحمد، 817-898 هـ ( contributor )
Jāmī, 1414-1492 ( contributor )
Nūr al-Dīn 'Abd al-Raḥmān Jāmī ( contributor )
Donated in 1938 on behalf of the late Mr R. S.Greenshields.
Place of Publication:
Publication Date:
Watercolour, gold and ink on paper ( medium )
H24.2 x W15.2 cm in
Cultural Context:
Objects of Instruction (exhibition ; SOAS University of London, 2007-2013)


Subjects / Keywords:
Hadith -- Early works to 1800. ( lcsh )
حديث نبوي
آسیا -- ایران
Spatial Coverage:
Asia -- Iran
32 x 53


The pages of this beautiful book were produced in sixteenth-century Safavid Iran and contain a collection of 40 Arabic ḥadÄ«th - sayings of the Prophet Muḥammad - compiled and paraphrased into Persian verse by the celebrated Iranian poet and mystic JāmÄ« (1414-92). Composed in 886 AH (1481 CE), Jāmī’s text belonged to a flourishing and widespread tradition of ḥadÄ«th compilations. This particular copy is calligraphed in an elegant nasta'lÄ«q script and delicately illuminated throughout. Each page comprises a central panel of light-blue paper on which the text is written and a broad margin of scrolling blossoms rendered in gold paint. The book was provided in the first half of the nineteenth century with a fine lacquered cover painted with naturalistic flowers (Text by Ünver Rüstem, from the exhibition catalogue: Objects of instruction : treasures of the School of Oriental and African Studies, Anna Contadini, Editor. London : SOAS, University of London, 2007.) ( en )
General Note:
VIAF (name authority) : Jāmī, 1414-1492 : 90042997
General Note:
The 'Objects of instruction : the treasures of SOAS' exhibition was funded through a generous gift from the Foyle Foundation and with the support of the Arts & Humanities Research Council.
General Note:
Source: A. Contadini (ed.), Objects of Instruction : Treasures of the School of Oriental and African Studies. London : SOAS, University of London, 2007, p.101, no/78.
General Note:
Folios 4v-5r of MS 35343

Record Information

Source Institution:
SOAS, University of London
Holding Location:
Archives and Special Collections
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Resource Identifier:
MS 35343 ( soas manuscript number )
1c93a1d2-717c-40be-a2b8-3c1c6bc1ecc8 ( calm recordid )