Persian Manuscripts : Nafāʾis al-Funūn fī ʻArāʾis al-ʻUyūn

Shams al-Dīn Muḥammad ibn Maḥmūd Āmulīشمس الدين محمد ابن محمود آمولي

Persian Manuscripts

<p style='text-align: justify;'> A complete, albeit unfinished, volume of the <i>Nafāʾis al-Funūn fī ʻArāʾis al-ʻUyūn</i> (Troves of the Arts in the Brides of the Eyes) by the Ilkhanid-era author Shams al-Dīn Muḥammad ibn Maḥmūd Āmulī (d. ca. 1352). A famous encyclopedia divided into two parts that describes one hundred and twenty modern Islamic and ancient arts and sciences, the author modelled his work on another well-known medieval encyclopedia, <i>Durrat al-Tāj</i> (Pearl of the Crown) by Quṭb al-Shīrāzī (ca. 1236–1311). This finely copied manuscript contains many blank spaces likely intended for rubrics, diagrams, or illustrations left unfinished, and lacks an informative colophon, but nevertheless appears possibly completed in either Iran or the Indian subcontinent during the 17th to 18th centuries.</p>

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