Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

IO Islamic 4392 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

Irvine Collection

Four sufi masnavis


Collection of mystical mas̲navīs

1. ff. 1-45r

Mas̲navī on the principles of Sufism written by Maḥmūd Shabistarī in response to questions from a correspondent in Khurasan, around 717/1317, identified as Mīr Fakhr al-Sādāt al-Ḥusaynī by the mystic, poet and hagiographer, Jāmī

Not dated

Language(s): Persian
2. ff. 48v-56v

Mas̲navī on philosophical and didactic subjects by the Central Asian poet, Nāsir-i Khusraw, dated circa 440/1049

Not dated

Language(s): Persian
3. ff. 58v-94

Mas̲navī on ethics according to Sufism by the poet and mystic ʿAṭṭār Nayshāpūrī, master of the poet and mystic Rūmī Balkhī

Copious notes in Turkish on early folios

Not dated

Language(s): Persian & Turkish
4. ff. 95-97

Unidentified mas̲navī by a poet describing himself as a qalandar, taking an unusually strident attitude toward orthodox Islam

Not dated

Language(s): Persian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 97 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 172 × 124 mm.
Dimensions (written):



Origin: 17th 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Based on unpublished description in Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts in the India Office Library, vol. 3.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 E207/18_f075r


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