Every aspect of Islam described
Qanoon-e-Islam, or the Customs of the Moosulmans of India;
comprising a full and exact acount of their various rites and ceremonies, from the moment of birth till the hour of death. Composed under the direction of and translated by G.A. Herklots. London Parbury, Allen, and Co 1832
First edition. 8vo, 22 x 14 cm; pp.xxviii, 436, cxxviii; frontispiece, 19 plates. With Urdu text. Modern green morocco by Shepherds, gilt; spine sunned.
An English translation from Urdu by Gerhard Andreas Herklots of "The Laws of Islam", covering every aspect of the faith, from prayers to saints, exorcism to marriage, and notable for its comprehensive treatment of folk practices in Islam. The text was composed by an Indian contemporary of Herklots at his behest. The appendix and glossary provide a varied Urdu-English vocabulary; the simple illustrations constitute a vivid survey of the iconography of contemporary Indian Islam. This is not a controversial or polemical description of Islam but a rare attempt to document and describe the beliefs and practices of Indian Muslims. Garcin de Tassy described this as "undoubtedly one of the most important treatises ever compiled on the religion of Mahomet" (Histoire de la littérature hindouie et hindoustanie, 2nd ed. (Paris, 1870-71), Vol. 2, p. 61).