Persian Manuscripts : ʿĀshiq u Maʿshūq

Fānī, Muḥsin, -1671 or 1672 فانى كشميرى، محسن بن محسن

Persian Manuscripts

<p style='text-align: justify;'>This unfinished and incomplete copy of <i>ʿĀshiq u Maʿshūq </i> (Lover and Beloved), alternatively entitled <i>Hamīshah Bahār</i> (Eternal Spring), originally composed by Mughal poet Muḥsin Fānī Kashmīrī (d. ca. 1672 CE) in 1051 AH (1641-42 CE). It features a prosimetric allegorical narrative following the adventures of a prince named Buland Akhtar as he travels through Kashmir and encounters kings, dervishes, fairies, and ogres during his quest in search of the meaning of love. Several large blank areas within the text intended for illustrations remain blank, indicating that the manuscript never saw completion, and the opening, and possibly other folios, now appear regrettably lost. </p>

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