Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 96 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Miscellaneous works on Sufism, 3 items (a-c)


Summary of Contents: Collection of works on Sufism. Volume not dated; datable to the mid fifteenth century. Neat semi-calligraphic rounded naskh becoming a little compressed later, eventually switching to an archaic scribal nastaʿlīq (after f. 100), by multiple hands. Annotations and corrections in margins by later hands. Stamped foliation. Lacking original binding. Binding, red half leather IOL covers, stamp dated 14 May 1916. Folios rebound; cropped, water stained, wormholes, gauze overlay on folios at either end.

Language(s): Persian and Arabic

a. ff. 1v-126v

Delhi Persian 96(a)

Treatise on litany, invocations, and remembrances for meditation in Sufi ritual by an author identifying himself simply as Jaʿfarī, inspired by the author’s master, Hamadhānī, `Alī ibn Muhammad 1314-1385.

Defective at end.

Not dated on end.

Illuminated sarlawḥ on the opening folio, with gilt and blue rulings limited to folios 1v-2r.

The text on folio 117r (with the verso left blank) is repeated on folio 118r.

b. f. 127

Delhi Persian 96(b)

Excerpt possibly from a historical work mentioning the emergence of an unidentified disease among Romans. This is followed by a ghazal on the appearance of a star identified as the Sitārah-i Shukr Yildūz by an unnamed author. This is followed by instructions on entering a mosque.

Not dated at end.

c. f. 128

Delhi Persian 96(c) .

Another leaf, possibly the concluding folio, from the item Delhi Persian 96 a, in the same hand.

The work does not appear to flow from folio 126v.

Not dated at end.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Paper with gauze overlay.
Extent: 128 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 213 × 135 mm.



Origin: undated, probably late 16th century ; India

Provenance and Acquisition

Purchased by the Government of India at sale organised by Delhi Prize Agents, 1859; administrative deposit India Office Library, 1876


Government of India


Funding of Cataloguing



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