Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 1147 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

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


Summary of Contents: Miscellaneous works on Sufism. Not dated, datable to circa 1630s. Good scribal nastaʿlīq throughout; basmalah in ornamental naskh. Binding covered with combed marbled and edged with leather damaged, revealing internal matter of boards comprised of English texts extracted from journals; spine split; text block detached, although folios remain bound. Text in reasonably good condition, but condition of binding fragile.
1. ff. 1v-22r

Item a.

Untitled Ṣūfī treatise on divine unity or tawḥīd by an unnamed author.

The work bears an informal title written only on the beginning flyleaf, Kashf al-ḥaqīqah.

According to Arberry, the work gives the impression of having been written around the fifteenth century, partly on the basis that authorities are drawn mainly from early scholars and saints.

Not dated at end.

Arabic text overlined in red.

Language(s): Persian and Arabic
2. ff. 22v-48r

Item b.

Metaphysical treatise ascribed to Shihāb al-Dīn Yaḥyá Suhravardī (d. 576/1180-1).

The work consists of three bāb.

Not dated at end.

Language(s): Persian and Arabic
3. ff. 49v-66

Item c.

Metaphysical treatise investigating from an Aristotelian perspective whether terrestrial creatures (vegetal, animal, and human) possess souls or nafs, by the author Mullā Yūsuf Ṭavīl Kashmīrī.

The work is dated to 1038/1628-9, according to the chronogrammatic title, and was written at speed after a gathering hosted by the Timurid or Mughal minister Iʿtiqād Khān, to whom the work is dedicated.

The work consists of three faṣl.

Not dated at end.

Language(s): Persian and Arabic

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 66 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 222 × 127 mm.
Dimensions (written):



Origin: 17th century CE ; India

Record Sources

Based on unpublished description in Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts in the India Office Library, vol. 3. Available on British Library Digitised Manuscripts, manuscript number: MSS Eur E207/2_f034r


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