Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 1016 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Miscellaneous works on Sufism and Rumi’s Masnavi, 5 items (a-e)


Summary of Contents: Miscellaneous collection of works on Sufism and Rumi’s Masnavi. Volume not dated; items b and c dated separately, ranging circa November 1794-12 February 1831. Scribal nastaʿlīq. Annotations in margins. Stamped foliation. Lacking original binding. Leather binding, plain paper doublures; damaged and detached from text block; labels. Folios bound; cropped, wormholes, later repairs. Condition very fragile.
1. ff. 1r-16r

Item a. Catalogued as no. 14 (p. 15) by Quraishi and Sims-Williams, Urdu MSS in IOL, 1978.

Untitled Urdu treatise, endorsed above as Risālah dar sharḥ-i bayt-i Mas̲navī-'i Mawlānā Rūm, commenting on the opening bayt or couplet from the Mas̲navī-'i maʿnavī of Rūmī Balkhī , by Muḥammad Munīr Khān, who is presumably the same as Navvāb Munīr Khān entitled Aʿẓam al-Dawlah Muʿīn al-Mulk Qasvarjang, author of the Persian grammar, Zāʾid al-favāʾid, dated 1231/1815 (see BL Delhi Persian 1534a).

The work was modelled on a similarly themed Persian work by Jāmī, the Sharḥ-i baytayn-i Mas̲navī.

Not dated at end.

Distinct scribal nastaʿlīq.

Language(s): Urdu, Persian and Arabic
2. ff. 18r-26v

Item b.

Untitled treatise on the elementary principles of Sufism illustrated through a systematic commentary on the Mas̲navī-'i maʿnavī of Jalāl al-Dīn Rūmī by Muṣṭafá ibn Ismāʿīl al-Mūsavī al-Ḥusaynī al-ʿAlavī.

The work consists of five sections termed maṭlab and a concluding khātimah.

Dated colophon (f. 26v): completed 29 Shaʿbān 1246/12 February 1831.

Language(s): Persian and Arabic
3. ff. 27v-35r

Item c.

Treatise summarising the doctrine of tawḥīd or divine unity in Sufism by Sayyid Navāzish ʿAlī ibn ʿAẓmat Allāh Bilgrāmī with the takhalluṣ "Faqīr" (d. 1167/1753-4).

Dated colophon (f. 35r): completed by Fatḥ Khān, 2 Jumādá I RY 36 [of Emperor Shāh ʿĀlam]/circa November 1794, in the ḥavelī of the Ḥaz̤rat ṣāḥib-i Khurdah, Fatḥ ʿAlī Khān ṣāḥib-jīv, at Shāhjahānābād.

Cramped scribal shikastah āmīz.

Cropped; edges remounted.

Language(s): Persian and Arabic
4. f. 35v
Language(s): Arabic

Item d.

Arabic prayer on release from troubles, conventionally titled Duʿāʾ tunjīnā.

Not dated at end.

Neat scribal naskh.

5. ff. 36r-37r
Language(s): Persian and Arabic

Item e.

Treatise describing the genealogy of Sayyid Muḥyī al-Dīn Abū Muḥammad ʿAbd al-Qādir al-Jīlānī based on different traditions, by an unnamed author.

Not dated at end.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 37 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 211 × 128 mm.
Dimensions (written):



Origin: 2 Jumādá I 1210-29 Shaʿbān 1246 (27 November 1794 - 12 February 1831) AH ; 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 E207/11_f073r


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