Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

R.13.32 (Wren Library, Trinity College Cambridge)

Oriental Manuscripts


A miscellany of short tracts on history, philosophy and religion, mostly in Persian.

1. ff. 1r.-26v.
Incipit: الحمد لله رب العالمين والعاقبت للمتقين والصلوة والسلام على خير خلقه وآله محمد خاتم النبيين وسيد المرسلين وعلى اصحابه الطيبين الطاهرين اما بعد چنین گوید اضعف ضعفاء وخادم فقراء عزيز بن محمد النفسى كه جماعت درويشان كثرهم الله ازين بيچاره در خواست کردند إلخ
Explicit: اینست کار آدمى وكمال آدمى ودرين است خلاص ونجات آدمى مصراع سخن كوتاه شد والله اعلم تمام شد مقصد اقصى بحمد لله واحسن التوفيق وصلى الله على محمد خير خلقه وعلى اصحابه الطيبين الطاهرين اجمعين آمين يامعين تم
Language(s): Persian

A treatise on the tenets and doctrines of the Sufi philosophers, originally written in Turkish. This is followed by an explanation of some technical Sufistic terms for students of philosophy.

2. ff. 26v.-27v.
Author: Anonymous
Title: نسب سلطان المحققين مولانا جلال الدين
Language(s): Persian

The genealogy of Jalāl al-Dīn Rūmī,‏ ‎Maulana,‏ ‎d. 1207-1273, followed by a paragrah on the prophets and a short essay on psychology.

3. ff. 30v.-51r.
Incipit: بنام آنكه جان را فکرت آموخت چراغ دل نور جان بر افروخت
Explicit: بنام خويش كردم ختم وپایان آلهى عاقبت محمود گردان

A masterpiece of Persian poetry on the doctrines of Sufism

Language(s): Persian and Turkish
4. ff. 51v.-61v.
Author: Anonymous
Title: شرح مشكلات گلشن راز
Incipit: چو بر خیزد دوی از چشم احوال زمین وآسمان گردد مبدل
Explicit: درون خانه گرهست صورت فرشته ناید اندر وی ضرورت
Language(s): Persian

A commentary on some of the more difficult passages in the Gulshan-i Rāz

5. ff. 62v.-70r.
Author: Anonymous
Title: Burj
Title: برج
Incipit: مرد دانا سخن ادا نكند تا بنام حق ابتدا نكند
Explicit: برو حمد ودرود بر مهتر هم بر اصحاب وآل او يكسر
Language(s): Persian

A catalogue of the stars in verse form. Includes information on their nature, influence, orbits, risings, conjunctions etc. It is followed by a passage containing the divisions of the Qur᾽ān according to Abū Isḥāq Muḥammad b. Ibrāhīm.

6. ff. 70v.-72r.
Title: وصيت رسول الله
Incipit: خداى ادعاى مظلومان مسجاب كند ودعاى هر مظلومى اگرچه کافر بود
Explicit: یا علی باید که تو وصیتها از من چنانکه من از جبرائیل واو از حضرت رب العالمین آورد بیاموزی وامت مرا بیاموزانی که هر که بدین وصیتها کار کند فردای قیامت آمنا وصدقنا در میان علماء وشهداء واولياء باشد انشاء الله تعالى
Language(s): Persian and Turkish

A translation into Persian of the part of the Ḥadīth which accounts the Prophet's testemantary advice to ʿAlī. It is followed by an account of the Innocents in Turkish and some scraps of poetry and medical receipts in both Persian and Turkish.

7. ff. 73v.-94r.
Title: رسالة في المناسک
Incipit: حمد وسپاس مرخدائی را که گردانید پیغمبران را واسطۀ میان خود وبندگان خود إلخ
Explicit: والحمد لله اولا واخرا وباطنا وظاهرا وصل الله على محمد وآله الطيبين الطاهرين
Language(s): Persian and Turkish

A tract for followers of the Shīʿah sect on the intellectual and ritual requirements for performing the Ḥajj and pilgrimage to the tombs of the Imāms. There is also a description in Turkish of the Prophet's personal appearance, taken from allusions in the Qur᾽ān and Ḥadīth.

8. ff. 94v.-95r.
Title: رجال الغيب
Language(s): Turkish

On invisible intelligent beings who are supposed to constantly orbit the world, including a diagram.

9. ff. 95v.-96v.
Title: رسالة غوثية
Language(s): Turkish

The formulae for addressing God as al-Ghawth , 'the Assister'.

10. ff. 96v.-98v.
Author: Anonymous
Title: كتاب احوال واصول دين

An Islamic catechism in Turkish, followed by the genealogy of the Prophet.

Language(s): Turkish
11. ff. 99v.-123r.
Incipit: حمد بى ونهايت وشكر بى غايت مبدعى را كه بیک امر کن عالم ارواح واشباح را پیدا کرد
Explicit: وکافه طوایف را درگاه او مقصد معین وصلی علی خیر خلقه محمد وآله الطیبین الطاهرین
Language(s): Persian and Turkish

A universal history in Persian, with an appendix in Turkish on the creation of man.

12. ff. 127v.-130r.
Author: Anonymous
Title: أحاديث
Language(s): Arabic and Persian

Some select Traditions in Arabic, followed by explanations in Persian.

13. ff. 130v.-132v.
Author: Anonymous
Title: Scraps in Turkish and Arabic
Language(s): Ottoman Turkish and Arabic

Written in a careless and inelegant hand by a subsequent owner of the book.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 133 ff.


A small, clear nastaʻlīq hand


Origin: Undated

Record Sources

"Manuscript description based on "E. G. Browne: A supplementary hand-list of the Muhammadan manuscripts, including all those written in the Arabic character, preserved in the Library of the University of Cambridge. Cambridge, 1922", and "E.H. Palmer A Descriptive Catalogue of the Arabic, Persian and Turkish Manuscripts in the Library of Trinity College, Cambridge, London 1870".


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