A copy of the Iskandarnama is also known to have been presented by Shah Tahmasp’s ambassador Shah Quli Khan Ustajlu to the Ottomans on the occasion of the accession of Selim II in 1568, alongside Shah Tahmasp’s famous copy of the Shahnama of Firdawsi (Zeren Tanindi, 'Additions to Illustrated Manuscripts' Muqarnas XVII, p.147).
This copy bears two seal impressions both with the same legend: ghulam-i shah murshid quli - 'Slave of the Shah, Murshid Quli'. This is likely to be the son of Shah Quli Khan, the powerful Murshid Quli Khan, who acted as vakil or viceroy in the early part of the reign of the young Shah ‘Abbas, dominating the young ‘Abbas until the latter had him assassinated. This is interesting because it shows the interest of Turkman commanders in Safavid Persia in Turkish literature. For the Iskendernama and Ahmedi in general, see E.J.W. Gibb, A History of Ottoman Poetry, vol.1, London, 1958, pp.260-298.
Another manuscript copied by Na'im al-Din Ahmad ibn Mun'im al-Din Muhammad al-Husayni al-Awhadi and dated 951 AH/1544 AD was sold in these rooms, 27 April 1994, lot 73.
The illustrations are as follows:
f.41b: Iskander and the dying Darab.
f.94b: Iskander hunts lions in India
f.124b: Iskander feasts in Kashmir after inviting the people to embrace Islam.
f.133b: Iskander battles with an army of demons.
f.179b: Kay Ka’us in the flying machine.
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