Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 1162 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

: Miscellaneous works on Sufism, 4 works (a-d)


Summary of Contents: Collection of miscellaneous prose works on Sufism, several ascribed to Yaʿqūb Charkhī. Volume note dated, individual items dated (items c and d), Shavvāl 992/October 1584 or slightly later. Folios unbound, heavily stained. Some folio disordered and lost. Later stained leather binding, with tooled edge. Stamped foliation; original discontinuous Persian foliation in some items. Annotations and purchase notes of later owners.
1. ff. 1v-4r

Item a.

Arabic theological treatise on the catechism of divine unity attributed in the subscription to ʿAllāmah al-Davvānī, who may be the same as Jalāl al-Dīn Muḥammad ibn Asʿad al-Davvānī (d. 907/1501).

Not dated at end.

Neat, miniscule naskh.

Verses (ghazal) ascribed to the poet Ṣāʾib appended at end (f. 4v) by a later hand.

Language(s): Arabic
2. ff. 5v-12v

Item b.

Treatise on the supernatural powers of Ṣūfī saints concluding with the view that there is always a quṭb or leading (‘pole’) saint in the world at any one time by Yaʿqūb ibn ʿUs̲mān ibn Maḥmūd al-Ghaznavī al-Charkhī (d. 838/1434-5).

Some folios are disordered and lost.

Not dated at end.

Neat Persian naskh throughout, with some alternation to early nastaʿlīq.

Verses (ghazal and rubāʿī) ascribed to the poets Aṣafī and Ṣāʾib appended at beginning (f. 5r) by a later hand.

Language(s): Persian and Arabic
3. ff. 12v-16r

Item c.

Untitled commentary on a rubāʿī by the Ṣūfī saint, Abū Saʿīd ibn Abū al-Khayr by the theologian and author of a tafsīr of the Qurʾān, Yaʿqūb ibn ʿUs̲mān ibn Maḥmūd Ghaznavī Charkhī (d. 838/1434-5), a disciple of Bahāʾ al-Dīn Muḥammad Bukhārī the Naqshband (d. 791/1388).

Dated colophon (f. 16r): completed by Ḥasan ibn Ḥusayn Ḥiṣārī, known as Bābā Shaykh Halghatavī (?), of the village of Kish (south of Samarqand), Shavvāl 992/October 1584.

Language(s): Persian and Arabic
4. ff. 17v-39r
Language(s): Persian and Arabic

Item d.

Rare untitled autobiography of Bahāʾ al-Dīn Muḥammad Bukhārī the Naqshband (d. 791/1388) dictated to his disciple, the theologian and author of a tafsīr of the Qurʾān, Yaʿqūb ibn ʿUs̲mān ibn Maḥmūd Ghaznavī Charkhī (d. 838/1434-5), containing the saint’s spiritual genealogy to ʿAbd al-Khāliq Ghujdavānī.

The work was apparently written at the tomb of Sayf al-Dīn Bākharzī in Fatḥābād.

Dated colophon (f. 39r): completed 992/1584-5.

Neat s̲uls̲, naskh, and nastaʿlīq.

Verses (ghazal and mas̲navī) ascribed to the poet Ṣāʾib appended at end (f. 39v) by a later hand.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 41 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 181 × 121 mm.
Dimensions (written):



Origin: Shavvāl 992 AH; October 1584 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 E207/21_f002r


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