Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 1129B (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Sufi correspondence of Sharafuddin Maneri


1 copy of Maktūbāt by Sharaf al-Dīn Aḥmad ibn Yaḥyá al-Munyarī

Title: Maktūbāt

Second collection of the correspondence on Ṣūfī subjects of Sharaf al-Dīn Aḥmad ibn Yaḥyá al-Munyarī, compiled by an unnamed editor, but attributed by Arberry and Levy to the compiler of an earlier collection, namely, Zayn Badr-i ʿArabī.

The work conventionally comprises over two hundred letters, of which a hundred and ninety-one and a fragment of another are found here.

This volume is defective at the end, with additional lacunae after folio 1.

Not dated at end; datable to second half of sixteenth century.

The present volume possible unites two earlier volumes, judging by the poor state of folio 250 and which does not seen to have affected the following leaves.

Clear and large scribal nastaʿlīq hand.

Later annotations in margins, several of which have been cropped, indicating the volume’s dimensions were originally larger. Consequently, the association of the binding with the text block is suspect.

Stamped foliation.

Later brown leather binding (tooled floral medallions in oxidised metallic pigment); spine broken; original labels; wormholes.

Folios unbound; beginning folios cropped and with repairs.

Letter with scroll envelope found between folios 391-392, dated and addressed.

Condition very fragile.

Language(s): Persian and Arabic

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 417 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 248 × 150 mm.
Dimensions (written):



Origin: 16th 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Based on unpublished description in Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts in the India Office Library, vol. 3.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_f023r


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