Exhibition of rare books, manuscripts in Jamia Millia

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New Delhi, May 1: An exhibition of Persian manuscripts and rare books, pertaining to 1591-922 A D, was inaugurated at the Jamia Millia Islamia today as part of the Indo-Iran Cultural Week.

The exhibition, launched by Iran Vice President Esfandyar Rahim Mashaei, will remain open till May 23. The Jamia Library has a collection of about 1100 manuscripts pertaining to the period 1591-922 A D in Persian and Arabic on a wide range of subjects including Quranic Studies, Hadith, Jurisprudence, Mysticism, Philosophy, Logic, Unani Medicines, Astrology, Music, Astronomy, Poetry, Lexicon, History and Geography. ''Some of them are unique in their calligraphic style and illustration,'' a Jamia spokesperson said. The present exhibition displays some important manuscripts in Persian.

''There are also a number of manuscripts on Hinduism in Persian Language such as Mahabharata compiled in 1873 A D, the transition of Upanishad and Bhagvad Geeta and Majma-ul-Bahrain, by Darashikoh (1615-1659),'' she added.

Other notable works include the Kashful Mahjub of Abdul Hasan celebrated as the Dataganj-Baksh and the Awariful-Maa'rif by Syed Mohammad Banda Nawaz Gisudraz.


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