Media Information

Collection name:
Oriental Manuscripts
Work Record ID:
Or.Ms 20
Jami' al-Tawarikh
Alternate Title:
Compendium of Chronicles
al-Din, Rashid (d. 1318)
c.1306CE or c.1314/15CE
Compendium of Chronicles by Rashid al-Din. ****High resolution individual pages here:…**** Arguably the greatest treasure in the library, the Jami' al-Tawarikh, or Compendium of Chronicles, is a world history which encompasses a range of cultures, from China in the East, to Ireland in the West, from the time of Adam. It is written in the Naskh script and contains 70 illustrated folios. Written by the scholar and courtier Rashid al-Din (d.1318), there is some debate as to the exact date of this manuscript, but it was almost certainly completed within the author's lifetime, making it one of the earliest copies in existence. It is one of the three main sources for the life of Genghis Khan and is considered to be one of the most important medieval documents in the world. Sources: Hukk, M (1925), A descriptive catalogue of the Arabic and Persian manuscripts in Edinburgh University Library, Hertford. Talbot Rice, D. (1976), The Illustrations to the World History of Rashid al-Din, Edinburgh.…(accessed 03/07/14).
Subject Category:
History, World, Islam, Persia