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Pāsukh nāmah-i shādravān-i Mullā Ismāʻīl maʻrūf bih Mīrzā Muṣṭafá Kātib khiṭāb bih Zayn al-ʻābidīn Najafābādī maʻrūf bih Zayn al-Muqarrabīn, 1915

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Mīrzā Muṣṭafá's negative reply to a letter from Zayn al-Muqarrabīn inviting him to become a Bahai; in Persian. This ms. is described in the notes by Dr. Saeed Khan (William McElwee Miller papers, C0385, box 4).

16 lines per page. Written in small naskh in black; rubrication in violet and catchwords. Vertical spine label in Arabic script is partially torn off and thus mostly illegible; according to insert, this ms. is no. 239. The modern foliation in pencil in Western numerals (followed in this record) omits the first two folios. Paginated in Arabic script 1-235.

Copy completed on the evening of 14 Ramaḍān 1333H (25 July 1915) (fol. 117b). In the handwriting of Mīrzā Muṣṭafá.

Incipit (after introduction): هو الله الخالق الازل الوحيد القائم القيوم عرض مى شود که مکتوب ان جناب رسيد من اوله الى اخره بدقت هر چه تمام تر ملاحظه شد اول خط مرقوم فرموده بوديد

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Formerly owned by Saʻid Khan Kurdistani (Dr. Saeed Khan).


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Finding aid written in 2010.

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Pāsukh nāmah-i shādravān-i Mullā Ismāʻīl maʻrūf bih Mīrzā Muṣṭafá Kātib khiṭāb bih Zayn al-ʻābidīn Najafābādī maʻrūf bih Zayn al-Muqarrabīn; William McElwee Miller Collection of Bābī Writings and Other Iranian Texts, C0723-1-47, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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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).