Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 1179 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Miscellaneous works on Sufism, 8 works (a-h)


Summary of Contents: Collection of miscellaneous Persian works on Sufism, comprised of heterogeneous parts from differing sources. Volume not dated; individual items dated (items b, e, and h), ranging 5 Jumādá al-S̲ānī 1083-16 Rabīʿ al-Avval 1152/28 September 1672-23 June 1739. Parts date from the period of Nadir Shah Afshar’s invasion of India and occupation of Delhi. Summaries of contents on folios 1r and 161v. Awkward scribal nastaʿlīq, naskh, and shikastah āmīz hands. Stamped foliation and discontinuous earlier Persian foliation. Lacks original binding. Original text cropped, cut and remounted with new margins in gutter. Folios subsequently rebound in IOL red half leather binding, stamp dated 18 Feb 1936. Folios damaged by large wormholes, gauze net overlay throughout, later repairs, cropped margins, and occasional stains. Labels from the earlier wrapper remounted at beginning. Condition moderately fragile.
1. ff. 1v-24v

Item a.

Collection of quatrains or rubāʿīyāt on Ṣūfī themes by Jāmī Hiravī (d. 898/1492).

Not dated at end.

Annotations between lines and margins.

Language(s): Persian & Arabic
Title: لوائح
Author: Jāmī جامى
2. ff. 25r-95v

Item b.

Untitled excerpt from a collection of the dicta or fiqarāt ascribed to the Ṣūfī saint, Khvājah ʿUbayd Allāh Aḥrār(d. circa 895/1490).

Dated colophon (f. 95v): completed by ʿAbd al-Raḥīmin Shāhjahānābād, morning of 16 Rabīʿ al-Avval in RY 21 (?) of Emperor Muḥammad Shāh(1152)/23 June 1739, written at the request of Miyān Ghulām Nabī, and submitted for correction to Miyān Lād Khān.

Language(s): Persian and Arabic
3. ff. 96r-99v

Item c.

Treatise guiding aspirant novices on the Naqshbandī Ṣūfī path by Jāmī (d. 898/1492).

Not dated at end.

Language(s): Persian and Arabic
Author: Jāmī جامى
4. ff. 100v-134r
Language(s): Persian & Arabic

Item d.

Commentary by Jami (d. 898/1492) on a collection of his own quatrains or rubāʿīyāt.

Not dated at end.

Author: Jāmī جامى
5. ff. 134r-137v
Language(s): Persian and Arabic

Item e.

Rare treatise collecting the dicta of Saʿd al-Dīn Kāshgharī(d. 860/1456), master or murshid of the great Ṣūfī and poet, Mullā Nūr al-Dīn ʿAbd al-Raḥmān Jāmī(d. 898/1492), mainly on the subject of tavajjuh or instinctive thinking toward God.

Dated colophon (f. 137v): completed by ʿAbd al-Raḥīm, 28 Muḥarram in RY 17 of Emperor Muḥammad Shāh, (1147?)/30 June 1734.

6. f. 138r
Language(s): Persian

Item f.

Untitled note giving instructions for the performance of ablutions and elective prayers, mentioning the name of a certain Amīn Khān.

Not dated at end.

7. ff. 139r-145r
Language(s): Persian and Arabic

Item g.

Brief treatise commenting on the Ṣūfī mnemotechnical phrase, hūsh dar dam va khilvat dar anjuman, with the aid of quotations from the Qurʾānand Ḥadīs̲, by an unnamed author.

Not dated at end.

Rough shikastah āmīz and naskh.

8. ff. 146v-160r
Language(s): Persian and Arabic

Item h.

Treatise epitomising Naqshbandī Ṣūfī doctrine by a certain Ḥusayn ibn Ibn Yamīn al-Ḥusaynī. Although little is known of this author, Arberry suggests he flourished in the sixteenth century.

The work is divided into three sections termed aṣl.

Dated colophon (f. 160r): completed by Sayyid Muḥammad ʿĀdil Gardīzī Sarhindī, Thursday, 5 Jumādá al-S̲ānī 1083/28 September 1672. This is followed by a medical prescription for bleeding haemorrhoids and other conditions.

Scribal nastaʿlīq becoming course towards the end.

This item is particularly damaged by prominent clusters of wormholes.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 161 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 185 × 98 mm.
Dimensions (written):



Origin: 5 Jumādá al-S̲ānī 1083-16 Rabīʿ al-Avval 1152 (28 September 1672 - 23 June 1739) AHShahjahanabad, Delhi ; 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_f064r


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