Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 1190 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Miscellaneous collection of works on Shi’ism and sectarian polemics, 5 items (a-e)


Summary of Contents: Miscellaneous collection of Persian and Arabic works on Shīʿī doctrine and inter-sectarian polemics, comprising five heterogeneous items from differing sources. Volume not dated; items a and c dated separately, ranging from 4 Muḥarram-15 Ramaz̤ān 1252/21 April-24 December 1836. Rough nastaʿlīq and naskh, usually in thin, watery ink, by multiple hands. Annotated in margins. Stamped foliation. Binding broken, detached boards (pale green floral decorative paper edged with brown leather; torn and rubbed). Folios unbound, in order of foliation; minor damage by wormholes, tears, and creases. Condition moderately fragile. IOL microfilms detailed below.
1. ff. 1v-88r

Item a.

Sufi tractate in defence of Shīʿī thought by the poet and diarist, Shaykh Muḥammad ʿAlī ibn Abū Ṭālib Muḥammad Lāhijī Gīlānī "Ḥazīn" (d. 1180/1766), completed at Lahore.

Dated colophon (f. 88r): completed by Ḥamzah ʿAlī, Sunday, 15 Ramaz̤ān 1252/24 December 1836.

The work consists on a muqaddimah, three fātiḥah and tawṣiyah sections.

Arabic quotations are occasionally overlined in red.

Annotations in margins, some indicating the work has been checked against an authority.

The work is preceded (flyleaves 1Ar-1Bv) by dense annotations collecting excerpts from varied sources on Shīʿī traditions.

See IOL microfilm 446.

Language(s): Persian and Arabic
2. ff. 89v-142v

Item b.

Arabic untitled treatise in refutation of the Akhbārīyah school of Shīʿī thought by an unnamed author.

The work is endorsed at the end by the scribe as Risālah-'i radd-i Akhbārīyah.

The date of the work’s completion is stated as Ramaz̤ān 1093/September 1682.

Colophon not dated (f. 142v): completed by Aṣghar ʿAlī.

See IOL microfilm 442.

Language(s): Arabic
3. ff. 143v-170r

Item c.

Untitled polemic treatise propounding arguments questioning the legitimacy of Yazīd ibn Muʿāviyah’s caliphate, written in response to an unidentified work of Shīʿah apologetics, by an unnamed author.

Dated colophon (f. 170r): completed Thursday, 4 Muḥarram 1252/21 April 1836.

Annotations in margins, some indicating the work has been checked against an authority.

The work is followed by a lengthy Arabic note (ff. 170v-171r) on the authenticity of the phrase ‘al-ṣalātu khayrun min al-nawm’ in the āz̲ān to the fajr prayer.

See IOL microfilm 492.

Language(s): Persian and Arabic
4. ff. 171v-187r
Language(s): Persian and Arabic

Item d.

Untitled discursive treatise on Shīʿah perspectives regarding the illegitimacy of the Umayyad Caliphate, by an unnamed author.

Not dated at end.

Small nastaʿlīq in watery ink.

See IOL microfilm 493.

5. ff. 188v-284r
Language(s): Persian and Arabic

Item e.

Incomplete commentary to a treatise on Shīʿī apologetics, the Āʾīnah-'i ḥaqq'numā of Mawlavī Dildār ʿAlī al-Naṣīrābādī Lakhnavī (d. 1235/1811), by ʿAbd al-ʿAẓīm al-Ḥusaynī al-Iṣfahānī.

The work opens with an Arabic preface detailing its dedication to and title after the King of Avadh (Oudh), Navvāb Rifʿat al-Dawlah Rafīʿ al-Mulk Ghāzī al-Dīn Ḥaydar Khān Bahādur Shahāmatjang (d. 1243/1827).

The text breaks off abruptly at the end of folio 284v without conclusion or subscription.

Not dated at end.

Rough scribal nastaʿlīq with awkward naskh for select passages of Arabic.

See IOL microfilm 494.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 285 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 290 × 170 mm.
Dimensions (written):



Origin: 4 Muḥarram-15 Ramaz̤ān 1252 (21 April 1836 - 24 December 1836) 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 E207/10_f154r


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