Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 1329 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Miscellaneous poetic works on Qadiri Sufism, 5 items (a-e)


Summary of Contents: Miscellaneous collection of Persian and Urdu poetic works mainly on Qadiri Sufism; several lacunae. Volume not dated; datable to the late eighteenth century. Rough shikastah āmīz tending toward taʿlīq, probably by multiple hands. Annotations and corrections in margins. Not foliated. Lacking original binding. Paper dust wrapper (BEIC legal publication, Regulation XX of 1817); partial watermark (J Whatman 1816); torn, folded, creased, stains; labels. Folios unbound, occasional lacunae; cropped, wormholes, later repairs, smudging, water stains. Ownership marks erased at the end. Condition poor.

Language(s): Persian and Arabic

1. ff. 1r-86v
Language(s): Persian and Arabic

Delhi Persian 1329a.

Dīvān containing the collected lyrics or ghazals in alphabetical order ascribed to the great saint of the Qādirīyah Sufi school, Sayyid Abū Muḥammad Muḥyī al-Dīn ʿAbd al-Qādir al-Jīlānī (d. 561/1166), with the takhalluṣ Muḥyī.

Not dated at end.

Title: Dīvān
Title: دیوان
2. ff. 87r-90v

Delhi Persian 1329b.

Untitled qaṣīdah or eulogy in praise of ʿAbd al-Qādir al-Jīlānī (d. 561/1166), detailing his genealogy as a Ḥasanī and Ḥusaynī ʿAlavī sayyid as well as his virtues, by the Chishtī saint Khvājah Quṭb al-Dīn Kākī Bakhtiyār Ūshī (d. 634/1236).

Not dated at end.

Language(s): Persian and Arabic
3. ff. 91r-96v

Delhi Persian 1329c.

Fragment from a larger treatise selecting excerpts from the Mas̲navī-'i maʿnavī by "Rūmī" Mawlānā Jalāl al-Dīn Muḥammad ibn Muḥammad Bahāʾ al-Dīn Valad Balkhī (d. 670/1271), organised into sixty-three chapters or bāb based on specific Sufi themes, compiled by Abū Bakr al-Shāshī.

The compiler wrote his treatise under the inspiration of Rūmī’s visitation in a dream, according to a brief opening statement introducing the contents.

There are several lacunae in this copy, with only chapters 1-3, (4 missing), 5, 17 represented here.

Not dated at end.

Language(s): Persian and Arabic
4. ff. 97r-101v

Delhi Persian 1329d.

Fragment from a larger untitled selection of lyrics or ghazalīyāt, ending in the letter alif (a), by Khvājah Shams al-Dīn Muḥammad Shīrāzī, takhalluṣ Ḥāfiẓ, also known by the later honorific Lisān al-ghayb (d. 792/1389).

The selection is defective at the end.

Not dated at end.

Language(s): Persian and Arabic
5. ff. 102r-109v

Delhi Persian 1329e.

Miscellaneous annotations comprised of poetic compositions in mixed genres and forms (ghazal, qiṭʿah, fard, rubāʿī) by numerous authors, with several notable Persian and Urdu qaṣāʾid termed munājāt in praise of the great saint of the Qādirīyah Sufi school, Sayyid Abū Muḥammad Muḥyī al-Dīn ʿAbd al-Qādir al-Jīlānī (d. 561/1166), known as the Ghaws̲-i Aʿẓam, possibly by the Suhravardī Sufi saint, Shaykh Abū Muḥammad Bahāʾ al-Dīn Zakariyā Multānī (d. 661/1262), and Amān Allāh (?), as well as the separate compositions of Princess Zīb al-Nisāʾ Baygum bint [Emperor] ʿĀlamgīr I takhalluṣ Makhfī (d. 1113/1702), and Abū al-Fatḥ Ghiyās̲ al-Dīn ʿUmar ibn Ibrāhīm Nayshāpūrī takhalluṣ Khayyām (d. 516/1122), better known as ʿUmar Khayyām.

The selection concludes with several recipes for food and medicines.

Multicolumnar arrangement of text, in alternating (usually diagonal) orientations.

Not dated at end.

Language(s): Persian, Arabic, Urdu

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 109 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 161 × 118 mm.



Origin: 1750 - 1799 CE ; 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


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