Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 973 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Work on mystical love, prose and poetry


1 copy of a work by Muḥammad Afz̤al ibn Mīr Muḥammad Ṣādiq Ḥusaynī Bukhārī

Untitled miscellany of ornamental prose and poetry on theme of mystical love or ʿishq by Muḥammad Afz̤al ibn Mīr Muḥammad Ṣādiq Ḥusaynī Bukhārī, in imitation of the Naghmāt al-ʿishq, with effusive praise for Mīrzā ʿAskarī ʿĀqil Khān "Rāzī" (d. 1108/1696) still alive at the time of the work’s composition.

The work is divided into sixteen sections called tarannumāt, of which some are missing (1, 9, and 13).

The volume is bound in a confused state due to absence of catchwords. The suggested order of reading is: 1, 15-20, 5-6, 22-36, 3-4, 2, 43 followed by lacuna, 21 followed by lacuna, 7-14, 44, 37-39, 41, 40, 42, 45-48.

Not dated at end.

Distinct nastaʿlīq with Arabic passages in large naskh.

Rebound in red IOL binding, dated 28 Jun 1916; net overlay; stained, wormholes.

Valuation note at beginning (f. 1r), stating value in raqm annotation as 5 rupees. Valuation note of 4 rupees at end (f. 48v).

Language(s): Persian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 48 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 210 × 118 mm.
Dimensions (written):



Origin: 17th-18th 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Based on unpublished description in Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts in the India Office Library, vol. 3.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 E207/3_f087r


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