Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 1033 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Biography of Naqshbandi Sufi, Husam al-Din Ahmad


1 copy of Zād al-maʿād by ʿUbayd Allāh al-Zāhidī al-Aḥrārī

Language(s): Persian and Arabic

Rare early copy of the posthumous biographical account of the Ṣūfī, Ḥusām al-Dīn Aḥmad ibn Aḥmad ibn ʿAlī al-Ḥanafī al-Naqshbandī (d. 1043/1633-4), by ʿUbayd Allāh al-Zāhidī al-Aḥrārī.

The author began writing at speed a year and two months following the subject’s demise and completed the work in 1044/1634.

This copy contains signs of continued editing, deletion, and marginal additions, showing that the author may have used this copy to further refine his work.

Dated colophon (f. 249r): completed Wednesday, 1 Ramaz̤ān 1044/18 February 1635.

Folio 6 misplaced; lacunae after folio 14.

Front flap of the original reddish brown leather covers preserved with labels.

Rebound in IOL red half leather covers, stamped 27 Sep 1915.

IOL microfilm 3142.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 249 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 222 × 120 mm.
Dimensions (written):



Origin: 1 Ramaz̤ān 1044 AH; 18 February 1635 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Based on unpublished description in Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts in the India Office Library, vol. 3.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 E207/11_f104r


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