Persian Manuscripts : Nuzhat al-Asfār

Muḥammad Samarqandī; محمد سمرقندی

Persian Manuscripts

<p style='text-align: justify;'>A nearly complete, illustrated copy of the <i>Nuzhat al-Asfār</i> (Promenade of Travels) by an enigmatic author named Muḥammad Samarqandī, which he dedicated to the Ottoman ruler Sulṭān Meḥmed II (b. 1432 r. 1444–1446; 1451–1481). Comprised of 17 chapters, the author drew inspiration from fables such as <i>Kalīlah va Dimnah</i> to compose this vivid prose narrative featuring a dispute between mankind and animals. Regrettably unsigned and undated, the circumstances of this manuscript's completion remain unclear, but it may date to circa 1600 CE, and no other copies of this work appear to survive. </p>

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