Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 977 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Biography of Ahmad Khattu, Sufi saint


1 copy of Tuḥfat al-majālis by Maḥmūd ibn Saʿd ibn Ṣadr Ṣūfī Īrajī

Posthumous collection of the sayings, doctrines, and biographical details of the celebrated Ṣūfī saint, Shaykh Aḥmad Khattū Maghribī (d. 849/1446, buried in Ahmadabad, Gujarat), by his pupil Maḥmūd ibn Saʿd ibn Ṣadr Ṣūfī Īrajī or of Erich (Jhansi district, Uttar Pradesh).

Accounts contain much social and historical detail on Delhi during the Sultanate period, as well as several quotations of Hindavī dohrahs.

The work is divided into sixty-seven brief entries called majlis summarising discussions and meetings with the saint, along with an accounts of the saint’s death and burial.

Not dated at end. The scribe is named simple as Ashraf (f. 71v).

Folios bound, but lacking original binding; wormholes along gutter.

Folio 1r preserves the draft of a letter from a Miyān Saʿd Allāh to the parents of his daughter-in-law, complaining of her separation in violent circumstances. Not dated.

Language(s): Persian and Arabic

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 71 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 219 × 152 mm.
Dimensions (written):



Origin: 18th century 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Based on unpublished description in Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts in the India Office Library, vol. 3.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 E207/2_f061r


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