Persian Manuscripts : Miz̤mār-i Dānish

Niẓām al-Dīn Aḥmad ibn Mullā Ṣadrāنظام الدين احمد بن ملا صدرا

Persian Manuscripts

<p style='text-align: justify;'> A complete copy of the <i>Miz̤mār-i Dānish</i> (Hippodrome of Wisdom), here alternatively entitled <i>Farasnāmah</i> (Treatise on Horses), which Niẓām al-Dīn Aḥmad (fl. ca. 1656–1661), son of famed philosopher Muḥammad bin Ibrahīm Ṣadr al-Dīn Shīrāzī (1571–1640), known as Mullā Ṣadrā, compiled and redacted from earlier sources between 1656 and 1661 at the request of the Safavid ruler ‘Abbās II (b. 1633 r. 1642–1666). Comprised of three <i>marḥalah</i> (stages) containing nine chapters each, it discusses horse riding etiquette, offers practical advice on their feeding and care, as well as veterinary and amuletic prescriptions for various ailments and supplicatory prayers culled from Prophetic and Imamic traditions. This volume contains additional passages at the end concerning various remedies and prayers apparently not found in other early manuscripts.</p>

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