Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 961 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

1) Anis ul-arvah, 2) Dalil ul-'arifin


Summary of Contents: Collection of two Sufi works on attributed sayings or malfūẓāt. Not dated; circa sixteenth century. Transcribed by multiple hands in clear, early scribal nastaʿlīq on pale orange paper. Seals and owner statements. Detached later binding, with spine missing; marbled paper on exterior; descriptive labels; some folios wormeaten and loose; fragile.
1. ff. 1v-35r

Item a.

Collection of twenty-eight discourse or majālis, attributed to ʿUs̲mān Hārūnī, and committed to text by the famous Chishtī saint, Muʿīn al-Dīn Ḥasan Sijzī, while at the mosque of Junayd in Baghdad, in 633/1236.

Not dated; circa mid to late sixteenth century.

Colophon (f. 35r) states scribe's name as Shāhī Aḥrārī.

Owner's seals at beginning (f. 1r): 1) faqīr ʿIṣmat Allāh Chishtī 1173/1759-60; 2) mālikuhu al-ʿab[d] Muḥammad Zāhid ʿafī ʿanhu (circular seal:) [Muḥammad Zā]hid murīd-i Ḥaz̤rat Awrangzīb ʿĀlamgīr Pādshāh [regnal year] aḥad, 1070/1659

Language(s): Persian
2. ff. 36v-89v

Item b.

Collection of nine discourses or majālis, grouped into two qism, recording the mystical teachings of the Chishtī saint, Muʿīn al-Dīn Ḥasan Sijzī, by his pupil and successor, himself a Chishtī saint, Bakhtiyār Kākī (d. 633/1236).

Not dated; circa mid to late sixteenth century.

Language(s): Persian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 89 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 216 × 133 mm.
Dimensions (written):



Origin: 16th century CE ; India, Iran or Central Asia

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Based on unpublished description in Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts in the India Office Library, vol. 3.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 E207/1_f028r


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