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Notes and PDfs of Select mss. of the Qayyum al-asma' or Tafsir Surat Yusuf


From the Ms. of the Qayyum al-asma' belonging to Mulla Husayn Bushru'i (see PDf. below). 

Select mss. of the Qayyum al-asmā' (The Self-Subsisting among the Divine Names) or Tafsir Surat Yusuf (Commentary on the Surah of Joseph, Q. 12) or Aḥsan al-qiṣaṣ  (The Best of Stories) of Sayyid `Ali Muhammad Shirazi, the Bāb (d. Tabriz 1850).

MacEoin, Sources (1992) lists 17 known mss. of the QA :

  • 1. Cambridge Brownee  F.11 (dated 1891).
  • 2. Leningrad (see Rosen, Collections Scientifiques. vol.I. pp. 179-91)
  • 3. Leningrad (formerly in the Rosen collection)
  • 4. London, BL Or. 3539
  • 5. London, BL Or. 6681
  • 6. Paris, BN 6435 (dated 1909. in the band of Ridvan `Ali)
  • 7. Paris, BN 5780 (dated 1897 in the band of Ridvan `Ali, this ms. is bound with a ms. of the tafsir on the surat al-baqara)
  • 8. Tehran, INBA 6020C (dated 1275/1858-59. apparently in the hand of Sayyid Mahdi Dahaji, transcribed in Baghdad)
  • 9. Tehran INBBA 6016C , (1281/1864)
  • 10. Tehran INBA 5006C pp.5-262 (dated 1269/1846, in the hand of `Muhammad `Ali', transcibed in Karbala)
  • 11. Haifa IBA (formerly Nicolas 107; the ms. seems incomplete)
  • 12. Haifa IBA (ii)
  • 13. Haifa IBA (iii)
  • 14. Haifa, IBA (iv)
  • 15. Haifa, IBA (v) (defective)
  • 16. Haifa, IBA (vi) (dated 1261/1845 in the hand of Muhammad Mahdi Shah Karam ( the oldest ms..)
  • 17. Princeton, University Library, 'BabI Collection' 55.

(McEoin, Sources, Appendix I : 195-6)

In the last 25 or so years the following further mss/ have become known :

  • AA
  • BB
  • CC

Select PDfs of mss. of the Qayyum al-asmā'.

  • PDf. INBMC Vol. 3 is a photocopy of a very early ms. once in the possession of the first disciple of the Bab, Mulla Husayn Bushru'i (d. near. shrine of Shaykh Tabarsi, Mazandaran, 1849). 234 pp.  I have cropped the sometimes bad form of this original photocopy to make it more readable and kept some supplementary though incomplete Arabic materials on pp. 235-241 which relate to the main ms. 
  • PDf. The Mulla Husayn Bushru'i Ms= INBMC Vol. 3 : INBMC III.pdf