An Enquiry into the Order of Chapters of the Qur'ān

Scope and Content

"A Key to Scripture; being an Enquiry into the Order of Chapters of the Qur'ān" - a handwritten manuscript documenting the author's investigation into the chronological order of the chapters of the Qur'ān. He presents an introduction to his thesis, followed by a Synopsis of the Classes, Sections and Chapters; with further sections on the Distinctive Characters of the chapters, the Distribution and Arrangement of the Makka chapters; and On the Determination of the Madina Years and their chapters. These chapters are handwritten on foolscap sheets covering 132 pages of the volume.

Administrative / Biographical History

The author identifies himself as Muhammad Bāgir, a native of the town of Bawānāt, now known as Suriān, in Iran.

Conditions Governing Access

Open. Please contact the archivist. nc@royalasiaticsociety.org The archive is open on Tuesdays and Fridays 10-5, and Thursdays 2-5. Access is to any researcher without appointment but it will help if an appointment is made via phone or email. Please bring photo ID.

Acquisition Information

It is unknown how the manuscript became part of the Society's collections.

Archivist's Note

This material was catalogued by Nancy Charley, RAS Archivist, in 2019.

Conditions Governing Use

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Custodial History

Custodial history is unknown.

Related Material

This work is listed in the Papers section of the Guard Book of the Society, p.183, as "A Key to Scripture being an Enquiry into the order of the Chapters of the Qur'ān. By Muhammad Bāgir of Bawanat. A.H.1300"

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