Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 1165 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Miscellaneous works on Sufism, 3 items (a-c)


Summary of Contents: Miscellaneous collection of works on Sufism and doctrine, comprised of three heterogeneous items from separate sources. Volume not dated. Rough to clear scribal nastaʿlīq. Annotations and corrections in margins. Stamped foliation. Lacking original binding. Presently bound with boards of reddish brown leather edged with brown leather, plain paper doublures; intact and attached to the gathering. Folios bound; cropped, wormholes, later repairs.
1. ff. 1v-11r

Item a.

Incomplete fragment of the treatise summarising the principles of Sufism falsely ascribed to the ʿAyn-i Quz̤āt-i Hamadānī, that is, ʿAbd Allāh ibn Muḥammad Miyānajī (d. 525/1131), who was the pupil of Aḥmad Ghazzālī. The author is not mentioned by name. However, Arberry attributes the work to the Naqshbandī Ṣūfī, Khvājah Khvurd ibn Khvājah Muḥammad Bāqī, a contemporary of Shaykh Aḥmad Fārūqī Sihrindī/Sarhindī (d. 1624).

The work is divided into three qism of irregular length that are further subdivided into faṣl, and the whole concludes with a khātimah.

The work is defective at end, breaking off without conclusion or colophon.

Not dated at end.

Awkward nastaʿlīq.

Language(s): Persian and Arabic
2. ff. 13r-25v

Item b.

Sunnī polemic treatise commenting on a theological problem postulated by Suyūṭī (d. 911/1505) in his Kitāb al-ashbāh va al-naẓāʾir, which questions if it is an innovation or bidʿah in religion or even disbelief in God or kufr to revile the authority of the two shaykhs, Bukhārī and Muslim, and other companions of the Prophet, in preference for the Imām and Khalīfah ʿAlī ibn Abī Ṭālib.

The author of the work is not identified.

Not dated at end; datable to early eighteenth century.

Tight scribal nastaʿlīq-i khafī on pale orange paper.

Dense annotations in margins.

Language(s): Persian and Arabic
3. ff. 26v-33v

Item c.

Untitled Arabic treatise on the first part of the Islamic catechism or tahlīl by Muḥammad Nūr Allāh, who may be the same as the author of a similar Persian treatise named Muḥammad Nūr Allāh ibn Muḥammad Muqīm al-Dīn Aʿẓampūrī (fl. circa 1244/1828-9).

Not dated at end.

Clearly written nastaʿlīq.

Language(s): Arabic

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 33 ff. (+1)
Dimensions (leaf): 227 × 155 mm.
Dimensions (written):



Origin: 18th-19th centuries 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_f063r


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