Amir Khursrau, Khamsa (Quintet), made in Iran, AH 1007–08 (1599–1600 CE), copied by the scribe Muʿizz al-Din Husayn Langari, Rare Books collection, State Library Victoria
Amir Khusrau of Delhi, ‘the Parrot of India’, wrote poetry, prose and music in both Persian and Hindi. His work is greatly admired in Iran, and this manuscript is one of many produced there since the medieval period. It presents his Khamsa, or book of five works, which is an emulation of the Khamsa of the great 12th-century Persian poet Nizami.
This work is displayed in the 'Books & ideas' section of the World of the book exhibition.