Pir Pandiyat-i Jawanmardi
A page from the <i>Pandiyat-i Jawanmardi</i>

The Pandiyat-i Jawanmardi, or ‘Counsels of Chivalry,’ is a compilation of the guidance of the fifteenth century Ismaili imam, Mustansir bi’llah. Containing exhortations to the faithful on the necessity of recognising and obeying the current imaminfo-icon and on how to live a truly ethical life, copies of this work are remarkably widespread. They have been preserved in the Nizari manuscript collections of Badakhshan, Hunza, Kashghar, Chinese Turkistan, Sindhinfo-icon and Gujarat. A passage that precedes the work in many manuscripts explains that the death of Pirinfo-icon Taj al-Dininfo-icon occasioned the dispatch of this book to India by the imam. This Khojki manuscript contains what is perhaps the earliest extant copy of this important work.

Copied between 1793 Samvat/1736 and 1879 Samvat/1822, principal scribe unknown

340 + 364 pages in two volumes, 220 x 120 mm

Ms KH25 (I)