Persian Manuscripts : Jung-i Kalām-i Istiʿmālī

Muḥammad Sa‘īd (d. 1663)محمد سعيد‏

Persian Manuscripts

<p style='text-align: justify;'> According to the opening of this volume entitled <i>Jung-i Kalām-i Isti‘mālī</i> (Anthology of Customary Sayings), Quṭb Shāhī-era minister Muḥammad Sa‘īd (d. 1663), known as Mīr Jumlā, compiled this encyclopedic anthology for the ruler Sultān ‘Abdallāh Quṭb Shāh (b. 1614, r. 1626–1672), culled from various sources including the <i>Makārim al-Akhlāq</i> ('Noble Manners', see Rylands <a target='_blank' class='externalLink uom-purple' href=''>Persian MS 680</a>) by Ṭabarsī (d. 1153), the <i>Iḥyà ‘Ulūm al-Dīn</i> ('Revival of Religious Sciences') by Muḥammad al-Ghazzālī (d. 1058-1111), (and probably the author's abridged Persian translation entitled <i>Kīmiyā-yi Saʻādat</i> 'Alchemy of Happiness', see Rylands <a target='_blank' class='externalLink uom-purple' href=''>Persian MS 231</a> to <a target='_blank' class='externalLink uom-purple' href=''>235</a>), <i>Kashf al-Ghummat</i> (Lifting of Sadness) by al-Irbīlī (d. 1293), <i>Rabīʿ al-Abrār</i> ('Springtime of the Just', see Rylands <a target='_blank' class='externalLink uom-purple' href=''>Arabic MS 242</a>) by al-Zamakhsharī (d. 1144), and <i>Rasā’il</i> ('Treatises') by the Ikhwān al-Safā’ or 'Brotherhood of Purity'.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'> Subjects encompass the religious sciences, ethics, philosophy, polite learning and the interpretation of dreams, followed by a "Supplement", described as a separate epistle but comprised of five chapters on five words connected to kingship, followed by a conclusion.</p>

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