Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 1079A (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Three treatises on sufism


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Shamāʼil al-anqiyā va dalāyil al-atqiyā by Rukn al-Dīn ʻImād; 1 copy of رسالهٔ شوقیّه by Abū al-Maʻālī; 1 copy of Naṣīḥat al-ʻārifīn fī is̱bāt al-mushāhadah by ولی ملوک شاه الصدیقی
1. ff. 1v-275r
Language(s): Persian

Delhi Persian 1079Aa. A comprehensive treatise on Sufism during the 14th century sultanate period by Rukn al-Dīn ʻImād, also known as Rukn al-Dīn Kāshānī, written at the request of the Chishti Shaykh Burhān al-Dīn Gharīb Chishtī(d. 732/1331).

Alternatively known as Shamāʼil al-anqiyā va dalāyil al-atqiyā, for another copy of this work see IO Islamic 1322 (Ethé 1836) and Delhi Persian 1079C.

19 lines to a page; cursive nastaʻliq; rubrications; marginal comments; beginning and end very worm-eaten; copyist, Zakariyā ibn Quṭb al-Dīn of Thārah; dated 13 Shavval 1019 (29 October 1610).

The work is divided into four main sections comprising 94 numbered bayān. It is preceded by a table of contents on ff. iii-vii.

2. ff. 275r-282r

Delhi Persian 1079Ab. A treatise on the phenomenon of mass-weeping during ecstasy and weeping in private, and on other Sufi manifestations by one Abū al-Maʻālī who was probably the spiritual successor of Dāʼūd Ṣādiq(active in 1068/1658), who was himself the successor to Muḥammad Ṣādiqof the Chishti order. For another copy of the same work see IO Islamic 449 (Ethé 1924/10).

f. 275r-282r (margins of ff. 280r and 281); incomplete; 22 lines to a page; cursive nastaʻliq; 17th century.

Language(s): Persian
3. 282v-393r

Delhi Persian 1079Ac. A comprehensive work on the mystical state of contemplation by Valī Mulūk Shāh al-Ṣiddīqī, written at the request of a number of friends including Shaykh Farīd who can possibly be identified with the Farīd who wrote a Sufi-cabbalistic work entitled Mashhad al-vujūd in 1146/1733.

Preceded by a table of contents on ff. 280v-281v. Followed (ff. 393r-395r) by an unidentified work and verses.

ff. 282v-393r; apparently incomplete, ff. 283v-284r, 295v, 296 left blank; cursive nastaʻliq; rubrications; 18th century.

Language(s): Persian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: ff. vii+395
Dimensions (leaf): 255 × 167 mm.


Loose leaves and very worm-eaten.





Leather oriental binding, stamped medallion, corners and pendants, marbled doublures. Loose boards encased in a hessian wrapper.


Oval seal of ʻAbd al-Raḥmān Khan fidvī-yi Shāh ʻĀlam bādshāh ghāzī, 1150? (1737/38)


Origin: 13 Shavval 1019 (29 October 1610) and 18th century AH ; India

Provenance and Acquisition

Purchased by the Government of India at sale organised by Delhi Prize Agents, 1859; administrative deposit India Office Library, 1876.


Government of India

Record Sources

Based on 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_f011r, f. 11r; MSS Eur E207/3, f. 77r; MSS Eur E207/4, f. 4r


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