Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 1172 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Miscellaneous works on Sufism, correspondence, and moral conduct, 5 items (a-e)


Summary of Contents: Miscellaneous collection of works on Sufism, correspondence, and anecdotes on moral conduct, comprised of five heterogeneous items from at least two separate sources. Volume not dated; item a dated (17 Z̲ī Ḥijjah 1088/10 February 1678) separately; items b-e share similar origins, paper and scribal hand, datable to late seventeenth century. Neat scribal nastaʿlīq to nastaʿlīq tending toward shikastah āmīz, by multiple hands. Limited annotations in margins. Stamped and Persian foliation. Lacking original binding. Binding damaged (light blue exterior pasteboards with brown leather corners), labelled. Folios mostly unbound, occasionally disordered with lacunae; cropped, wormholes, later repairs. Condition very fragile.
1. ff. 1v-97v

Item a.

Ṣūfī apologia in defence of Ibn al-ʿArabī by Abū al-Fatḥ Muḥammad ibn Muẓaffar al-Dīn Muḥammad ibn Ḥamīd al-Dīn ʿAbd Allāh, known as al-Shaykh al-Makkī (d. 926/1519).

The work is dedicated to the ʿUs̲mānlī or Ottoman ruler, Sulṭān Salīm Khān ibn Bāyazīd Khān ibn Muḥammad Khān (d. 926/1520).

The work consists of two bāb and concludes with a khātimah.

Dated colophon (f. 97v): completed on the eve of Saturday, 17 Z̲ī Ḥijjah 1088/10 February 1678.

Neat and careful scribal nastaʿlīq hand throughout.

Occasional corrections and annotations in margins.

Folio 1 excessively cropped along left edge (probably due to aggressive worm damage) and remounted onto backing paper.

Language(s): Persian and Arabic
2. ff. 98r-159v

Item b.

Untitled excerpt from a biographical history of scientists from the early Greek period to mediaeval Islamic.

The author remains unidentified.

Not dated at end.

Language(s): Persian and Arabic
3. ff. 160v-218v

Item c.

Untitled excerpt from a collection of important private letters by various courtiers and functionaries at the courts of the sixteenth and seventeenth-century Timurid or Mughal rulers.

The collector remains unidentified.

Not dated at end.

Language(s): Persian and Arabic
4. ff. 220r-267r
Language(s): Persian and Arabic

Item d.

Untitled excerpt from a collection of selected excerpts on geography, especially in relation to the Asian subcontinent, continuing onto mention the peculiarities of certain natural phenomena, as well as marine, land, and airborne animals.

The collector remains unidentified.

Not dated at end.

5. ff. 267v-323v
Language(s): Persian and Arabic

Item e.

Untitled excerpt from a collection of anecdotes on the moral conduct of ancient and modern religious dignitaries, scholars, scientists, physicians, astrologers, dream interpreters, poets, Ṣūfīs, historical kings and queens.

The compiler remains unidentified.

The excerpt begins by mentioning a link with the twelfth bāb from a Bahār-i Dānish, but this is unlikely to be an excerpt from the famous seventeenth-century tale of the same title.

Defective at end.

Not dated at end.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 324 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 225 × 120 mm.
Dimensions (written):



Origin: 17 Z̲ī Ḥijjah 1088 (10 February 1678 - 1699) AH ; 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 E207/3_f014r


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