Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 1007 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Rare treatise on Sufi doctrine


1 copy of Bayān al-iḥsān li-ahl al-ʿirfān by ʿAlāʾ al-Dawlah Simnānī

Language(s): Persian and Arabic

Rare treatise on Ṣūfī doctrine by the Qurʾān scholar and Kubravī Ṣūfī, Rukn al-Dīn Aḥmad ibn Muḥammad ibn Aḥmad al-Bayābānagī, known as [Abū al-Makārim] ʿAlāʾ al-Dawlah Simnānī (d. 736/1336).

The work was completed at the Bāgh-i Ṣafāʾ in Ṣūfiyābād, on 19 Ramaz̤ān 713/15 January 1314.

The work is divided into four faṣl.

Not dated at end.

Clear scribal nastaʿlīq; text occasionally damaged.

Original binding replaced by IOL red half leather covers, IOL dated stamp 25 Sep 1976.

Damaged folios cropped, remounted, and rebound.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 46 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 222 × 141 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Based on unpublished description in Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts in the India Office Library, vol. 3.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_f012r


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