Qazi Saiyid Nurullah Shushtari His life and works


India is a vast land of wonders and sweet memories. Its natural beauty with its rich scientific and cultural heritage is still preserved in its varied cultural traditions, which have always attracted many scholars, poets, artists, artisans and scientists from different parts of the world. Those who cama to this country benefited from its cultural wealth, and others who were not fortunate enough to come to this land died in anguish. The attachment of the Iranian poeple for India, however, exceeds ordinary fascination. Their fascination with this country and its culture goes back deep into the past. Jawahar Lal Nehru had written that India and Iran are twins who by the incidents of time have been separated far from each other; however, they do not forget their origin. The influence of Persian culture in this vast land was more clearly evident with the migration of many Persians to this country. The cordial relations between the two countries during the Islamic period were at their height. Though the domination of the British colonialists over India disrupted the past glory of Islamic culture in this land, the cultural relations between India and Iran remain as they were before, as regards political relations.

In the early years after the Islamic Revolution in Iran, efforts were made to revive cultural relations with India and to make them closer than before.

The purpose of such interaction is to preserve the cultural heritage for the coming generations.


With this purpose of strengthening relations between India and Iran, the Noor Microfilm Centre has been stablished. One of its aims is to produce microfilms. It has made microfilms of manuscripts from all over India, and has published a catalogue of the same in order to make them availabe to scholars. With the efforts of great professors, scholars and experts of manuscript preservation, more than 10,000 microfilms have been taken of valuable Persian and Arabic manuscripts. The work of cataloguing the microfilms started from the collection of Maulana Azad Library Aligarh. The first catalogue (in two volumes) comprising of 1600 pages, is ready in English as well as in Persian. This volume contains the descriptions of 2300 books and treatises.

The manuscripts cover the following subjects: History, Geography, literary, criticism, biographies, commentaries, Hadith, Jurisprudence, religious discourse, Mathematics, Astronomy, Astrology, Philosophy, Logic, Sufism, Prosody, literary sciences, Hinduism. etc. In the catalogue the name of the writers, translators, commentators, and calligraphers have been given subject-wise for the easy access of the scholars concerned. The titles of the books have been given in Latin script, with the Persian phonetic system to indicate their correct pronunciation.

It is also worth mentioning that the second volume consisting of the descriptive catalogue of the Persian and Arabic manuscripts (in Persian and English), including subjects related to Islamic history in India will be released soon. University departments, cultural centres and scholars can get further information regarding the facilities provided by this Centre and the release of its publication on the Internet:


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