Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 306 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Miscellaneous works on Shi’ism, 2 items (a-b)


Summary of Contents: Miscellaneous collection of works on Shi’ism. Volume not dated; item b dated (18 Rajab 1058/8 August 1648). Previously owned by Ibn Muḥammad Amīn Samar (?) al-Dīn Muḥammad al-Ṭabīb al-Shīrāzī. Neat scribal shikastah āmīz and naskh, by multiple hands. Extensive annotations in margins and folios preceding and following the main work. Not foliation. Lacking original binding. Binding damaged, buckram spine intact, labelled. Folios mostly bound, occasionally loose; torn, cropped, wormholes, later repairs. Condition very fragile.

Language(s): Arabic and Persian

1. ff. 1v-10v

Item a.

Untitled collection of miscellaneous Twelver Shīʿī traditions or ḥadīs̲ relating to the imams along with other canonical and supererogatory supplications (aʿmāl), including Duʿāʾ ziyārat al-arbaʿīn, Duʿāʾ Kumayl, and prayers appropriate to particular months and days of the week.

The collection is defective, ending abruptly about halfway through Duʿāʾ Kumayl.

Not dated at end.

Neat miniscule scribal naskh and shikastah āmīz written in alternating oblique directions.

Folios severely damaged.

2. ff. 12v-111r

Item b.

Arabic treatise on the doctrines, rituals, and traditions of the Is̲nāʾ ʿAsharī Shīʿah by an unnamed author writing at the court of the Safavid ruler, Khudā Bandah Sulṭān Muḥammad(d. 1004/1595), praised in the introduction.

Dated colophon (f. 111r): completed at Muḥammadpūr, 18 Rajab 1058/8 August 1648.

Neat miniscule scribal naskh and shikastah āmīz.

Folios subsequent to the colophon (ff. 111v-114v) are filled with further annotations comprised of prayers and religious prescriptions, some copied from Bahāʾ al-Dīn Muḥammad al-ʿĀmilī, again in a neat miniscule scribal naskh and shikastah āmīz written in alternating oblique directions.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 114 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 162 × 87 mm.



Origin: 18 Rajab 1058 (8 Aug 1648) AH ; India or Iran, Muhammadpur

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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