Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Or 16620 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

Oriental Manuscripts

Two works on Rumi


Summary of Contents: Two works on Rumi. Other contents: 1v-2r and 141v-142r, miscellaneous verses etc.; 2v, description of Fātiḥ al-abyāt, in Persian; 16v, a marginal note in Arabic about shawq (yearning); 141r, a list of (a) branches of learning and (b) styles of calligraphy. Good Ottoman nasta‘līq. 15 lines. Red headings and overlinings. Text frames, in black and gold, f. 1-59 only. The illuminated heading on 3v and margin illumination on 3v-4r are of fair quality; those on 38v and 38v-39r are excellent. Good off-white paper. Slight damp staining in margins, f. 92-142. 142 folios. 188 x 111 mm.; text area 133 x 58 mm.; text lines 125 x 55 mm. Deep red morocco covers with blind impressed medallion, flap. Purchased from Christie's (3 April 2009, Lot 49).
1. ff. 3v-37v

A commentary in Ottoman Turkish on the first 18 bayts of Jalāl al-Dīn Rūmī’s classic poem Masnavī-i ma‘navī, with explanations of some other difficult points and words elsewhere in the Masnavī. Composed, after the completion of his Minhāj al-sālikīn, by the Mawlavī Sufi sheikh Ismā‘īl Rusūkhī Anqiravī (d. 1041/1631-2).

On this author see EI2 IV, p. 190; Bilal Kuşpınar, Ismail Ankaravî on the Illuminationistic Philosophy (Kuala Lumpur, 1996); İsmail Gleç, Turk edebiyatında Mesnevi tercume ve şerhleri (Istanbul, 2008). In his bibliography Mevlânâ bibliyografyası (Ankara 1973), vol. 2, pp. 164-6, Mehmet Önder lists in a single sequence all the manuscripts of Ismā‘īl Anqiravī’s various Masnavī commentaries; he notes in a single instance (Konya Mevlâna Muzesi 2083, f. 1r-34v, an undated copy in nasta‘līq) that it contains a commentary on the first 18 bayts.

In the present manuscript, Turkish translations of some quotations in Arabic have been added by the copyist in panels in the margins.

Probably copied ca. 1032/1622-3

Language(s): Persian & Arabic
2. ff. 38v-138r

One of the earliest and most detailed accounts of the life and virtues of Jalāl al-Dīn Rūmī, Risālah-'i Sipahsālār. By Farīdūn ibn Aḥmad Sipahsālār, who claims to have been his disciple for forty years.

Manuscripts of this text are rare. Only two outside Turkey are recorded in Storey PL I/2 p. 935, and none in M. Önder, Mevlânâ bibliyografyası, vol. 2, pp. 265-8; the latter lists 15 copies; the earliest is dated 887/1482 but most are much later. Printed editions: India, 1302/1884-5; Kanpur, 1319/1901; Tehran, 1325/1946; (Ottoman Turkish translation) Istanbul 1331/1913.

Dated 17 Rajab 1032/17 May 1623

Language(s): Persian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 142 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 188 × 111 mm.
Dimensions (written):



Origin: 17 Rajab 1032 AH; 17 May 1623 CE Ottoman Empire ; Anatolia

Record Sources

Based on unpublished description in M.I. Waley, Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts acquired 2000-2014.


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