A world history from the creation of the world to the time of the Yemenite da‘is, the seven-volume ‘Uyun al-akhbar is an irreplaceable source for Ismaili history. It was completed in 1438 CE and is now being published in a critical edition by The Institute of Ismaili Studies under the general editorship of Dr. Farhad Daftary, Acting Director of The Institute; the first volume, edited by Ma’mun al-Sagherji, appeared in 2007, and further volumes are expected within the year.
The Hamdani Collection contains five volumes in manuscript of this monumental work, all by different hands and from different periods. The present manuscript is volume six which deals with Qadi al-Nu‘man and his works, the Caliph and Imam al-Hakim, and other notable figures in the history of the Fatimid da‘wa. It was copied in the month of Shawwal 1309 AH (May 1892 CE) in a precise and elegant hand and bears many notes and marginalia, as well as the Hamdani family seals.