Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 1164 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Miscellaneous works on Sufism, 9 works (a-i)


Summary of Contents: Collection of miscellaneous Persian and Arabic works on Sufism, lexicography, and vocabulary, comprised of various tractates assembled from different sources. Volume not dated; individual items range in date between the late seventeenth to early nineteenth centuries. Variable scribal naskh, nastaʿlīq, and shikastah āmīz hands. Only the boards of a later leather binding survive. Stamped foliation. Folios detached and unbound; cropped, wormhole damage, later repairs. Condition fragile.
1. ff. 1v-98r

Item a.

Ṣūfī treatise emphasising divine unity and agency, which also critiques Muslims with differing opinions, by Muḥammad Farrukh ibn Shaykh Muḥammad Saʿīd al-Naqshbandī al-Aḥmadī.

Not dated at end.

Refer to IOL microfilm 118.

Language(s): Persian and Arabic
2. ff. 101v-147r
Author: Nūr نور

Item b.

Treatise on Sufism by an author identifying himself as Nūr, but entitled in the superscription as Quṭb-i ʿĀlam.

The work was intended to compliment the treatise Muʾnis al-fuqarāʾ by a student of ʿAlāʾ al-Dīn ʿUmar Lāhawrī, which dates to the early fifteenth century. Arberry has argued this is the basis for fixing the present author’s period of work to the period immediately following the composition of the Muʾnis al-fuqarāʾ.

Dated colophon (f. 147r): completed at noon on Thursday, 6 Muḥarram in RY 39 (? ruler not indicated).

Refer to IOL microfilm 119.

Language(s): Persian and Arabic
3. ff. 149v-164r

Item c.

Ṣūfī treatise on the fundamental principles of faith in God by an unnamed author.

Among the authorities cited in the work is the famous muḥaddis̲, ʿAbd al-Ḥaqq al-Sayfī al-Dihlavī, indicating the work dates from the seventeenth century or later.

Not dated at end.

Language(s): Persian and Arabic
4. ff. 165v-195v
Language(s): Persian and Arabic

Item d.

Fragment of a Persian translation from the Arabic Ṣūfī treatise on the principles of Islām by the proponent of Shuhūdī thought, ʿAlāʾ al-Dawlah Abū al-Makārim Aḥmad ibn Muḥammad ibn Aḥmad al-Simnānī (d. 736/1336).

The original version was completed on Tuesday, 13 Muḥarram 721/20 February 1321 at the Masjid of Ṣūfī'ābād, but the present Persian edition was completed 1 Jumādá I 722/26 May 1322, being sponsored by the author’s son, Abū al-Barakāt Taqī al-Dīn ʿAlī Simnānī.

The work consists of six bāb.

The text ends abruptly, without appropriate conclusion.

Not dated at end.

5. ff. 197v-272v
Language(s): Arabic

Item e.

Arabic Ṣūfī treatise on the fundamentals of religious beliefs and practice by Muḥammad Bayg ibn Yār Muḥammad ibn Khvājah Muḥammad, who completed the work in Rajab 1084/October 1673.

Not dated at end.

Multiple naskh hands throughout, with an impressively bold basmalah design at the beginning.

Later annotations in margins.

6. ff. 275v-316v
Language(s): Arabic

Item f.

Arabic treatise entitled Navādir al-lughah on vocabulary, by an unnamed author.

Not dated at end.

Pale green and orange tinted papers.

7. ff. 317r-319v
Language(s): Arabic

Item g.

Brief, untitled Arabic lexicographic treatise on antonyms or words capable of baring meanings opposite to their primary definition, by an unnamed author.

Not dated at end.

Transcribed obliquely in shikastah āmīz, with annotations by the same scribe in margins (cropped).

8. ff. 320r-320r
Language(s): Arabic

Item h.

Unidentified Arabic text.

Not dated at end.

9. ff. 320v-328v
Language(s): Arabic

Item i.

Untitled Arabic lexicographic treatise on Persian vocabulary absorbed into courtly Arabic by the author Muḥammad ibn Badr al-Dīn al-Munshīʾ.

Not dated at end.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 328 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 241 × 165 mm.
Dimensions (written):



Origin: 18th-19th centuries 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 E207/4_f020r


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