Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 1042 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Commentary on Rumi’s Masnavi


1 copy of Miftāḥ al-maʿānī by Hidāyat Allāh

Language(s): Persian and Arabic

Commentary on the Mas̲navī-'i maʿnavīof Jalāl al-Dīn Rūmī (d. 670/1271) by Hidāyat Allāh compiled from the research transmitted by his master, Sayyid ʿAbd al-Fattāḥ al-ʿAskarī al-Ḥusaynī al-Dihlavī, completed according to Levy circa 1049/1639-40 based on the authority of Aloys Sprenger’s Oudh Catalogue (p. 492).

Dated colophon to book 5 (f. 254v): completed at Shāhjahānābād, 10 Ramaz̤ān in RY 42 of Emperor ʿĀlamgīr I, (1111)/1 March 1700.

Dated colophon to book 6 defective (f. 316v): completed Friday, 4 Z̲[ī] al-Ḥijjah 11[0]3 (figures written in reverse order)/17 August 1692.

Tight scribal nastaʿlīq and shikastah āmīz. Annotations and corrections in margins.

Stamped foliation.

Lacking original binding. Binding damaged, spine intact (tooled reddish brown leather exterior embellished with medallions and outer bands of oxidised silver); doublures reddish leather.

Folios bound, but detached from covers; cropped, wormholes, later repairs.

Condition fragile.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 316 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 270 × 150 mm.
Dimensions (written):



Origin: 4 Z̲ī al-Ḥijjah 1103 AH; 17 August 1692 CE Shāhjahānābād ; India, Delhi

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Based on unpublished description in Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts in the India Office Library, vol. 3.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_f099r


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