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- Miller, William McElwee
- William McElwee Miller Collection of Bābī Writings and Other Iranian Texts
- Manuscripts Division
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- 47 Volumes
- Persian Arabic
Consists of 47 bound volumes of chiefly Babi texts in Arabic and Persian composed or copied between 1846 and 1923 and purchased by William McElwee Miller, a Presbyterian clergyman and a missionary in Iran from 1919 to 1962.
Collection Description & Creator Information
The collection consists of 47 bound volumes chiefly of Babi texts in Arabic and Persian composed or copied between 1846 and 1923 in a numbered series of 45 octavo and two quarto bound books. This collection was purchased by Miller from Saʻid Khan Kurdistani (Dr. Saeed Khan). See the notes in William McElwee Miller papers, 1931-1979, C0385, Box 4. One volume is a blue line copy of an original text; another volume is a lithograph. Some volumes contain multiple texts.
- Collection Creator Biography:
Miller, William McElwee
William McElwee Miller was a Presbyterian clergyman, a missionary in Iran from 1919 to 1962, and an author of several books on aspects of Islam and Persian culture.
Gift of William McElwee Miller (1892-1993).
- Custodial History
Formerly owned by Saʻid Khan Kurdistani (Dr. Saeed Khan).
No appraisal information is available.
- Processing Information
Finding aid written in 2010.
Access & Use
- Conditions Governing Access
This collection is not open for research use; however digital copies are available in PDF format.
- Conditions Governing Use
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.
- Credit this material:
William McElwee Miller Collection of Bābī Writings and Other Iranian Texts; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
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- Firestone LibraryOne Washington RoadPrinceton, NJ 08544, USA(609) 258-3184
- Existence and Location of Copies
This collection also available in PDF format.
The following works were consulted in identifying texts and authors: Āghā Buzurg al-Ṭihrānī, M. Al-Dharīʻah ilá Taṣānīf al-Shīʻah. Maṭbaʻat al-Ghará: Najaf, 1936. Browne, E. G. Catalogue and Description of 27 Bábí Manuscripts, in Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society (1892), p. 433-499, 637-710. Browne, E. G. Some Remarks on the Bábí Texts Edited by Baron Victor Rosen, in Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society (1892), p. 259-322. Browne, E. G. Materials for the Study of the Bábí Religion. Cambridge University Press, 1918. A Descriptive Catalogue of the Oriental Mss. Belonging to the Late E.G. Browne. Ed. Reynold A. Nicholson. Cambridge University Press, 1932. Jānī, M. Kitab-i Nuqṭat al-Kāf. Ed. E. G. Browne. E. J. Brill: Leiden, 1910. McCants, W. and Milani, K. The History and Provenance of an Early Manuscript of the Nuqtat al-Kaf Dated 1268 (1851-1852), in Iranian Studies 37:3 (Sept. 2004), p. 431-449. McEoin, D. The Sources for Early Bābī Doctrine and History: A Survey. E. J. Brill: Leiden, 1992. Notes on Babi Manuscripts by Dr. Saeed Khan and Miscellaneous Correspondence; 1955-1982; William McElwee Miller Papers, Box 4, Folder 8; Manuscripts Division, Special Collections, Princeton University Library. Link to Notes. Writings published on H-Bahai web site (accessed July 2, 2010). Writings published on Hurqalya Publications web site (accessed July 2, 2010). Writings published on The Religion of Bayan web site (accessed July 2, 2010).
- Subject Terms:
- Arabic language -- Inflection.
Iran -- Politics and government -- 19th century.
- Genre Terms:
- Manuscripts, Arabic.