Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 1041A (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Commentary on Rumi’s Masnavi


1 copy of a work by Shukr Allāh

Language(s): Persian and Arabic

Untitled commentary on the Mas̲navī-'i maʿnavī of Jalāl al-Dīn Rūmī (d. 670/1271) by Shukr Allāh, epitomising the commentaries of earlier writers.

The work is dedicated to the Timurid or Mughal Emperor ʿĀlamgīr I (d. 1119/1707), submitted through and corrected by the emperor’s early associate and governor of Akbarābād, ʿĀqil Khān the ʿĀlamgīr Shāhī.

Dated colophon (f. 184v): completed by Mīr ʿAlī Sihrindī, 5 Ramaz̤ān in RY 47 [of Emperor ʿĀlamgīr I], 1115/12 January 1704.

Lacunae after folio 185.

Neat scribal nastaʿlīq.

Annotations and corrections in margins, with Urdu verses on opening flyleaves.

Stamped foliation.

Lacking binding.

Two inner paper wrappers with wormholes. Outer loose folded paper wrapper (BEIC Madras legislation: printed by W Ridsdale, Bengal Military Orphan Press, Calcutta, 1846), dated watermark (T H Saunders & Co 1845); Bengali annotations; creased, torn, and stained.

Folios unbound and occasionally disordered; cropped, wormholes, later repairs.

Condition very fragile.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 184 ff. (+4)
Dimensions (leaf): 270 × 170 mm.
Dimensions (written):



Origin: 5 Ramaz̤ān 1115 AH; 12 January 1704 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Based on unpublished description in Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts in the India Office Library, vol. 3.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 E207/14_f098r


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