Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 881 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library


1 copy of Zubdat al-vaʿẓ by Muḥammad Karīm Allāh

Language(s): Persian and Arabic

Critical commentary on the Qurʾān(specifically chapters 1-11) including a collection of khuṭbah addresses for Friday or Jumʿah sermons, their classification and features in accordance with special occasions, entitled Zubdat al-vaʿẓ, but also known as Tafsīr-i Karīmī, comprising almost entirely extracts from other Arabic and Persian authoritative sources, compiled by Mawlavī Muḥammad Karīm Allāh ibn Luṭf Allāh Fārūqī Shāhjahānābādī(d. 1291/1874), pupil of a student of Shāh ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz Dihlavī the muḥaddis̲, and more immediately of the scholars Rashīd al-Dīn Khān Dihlavī and Muḥammad Kāẓim Dihlavī. In Sufism, the author was an initiate of Sayyid Āl Aḥmad Mārahravī.

The work beginning with an Arabic muqaddimah, followed by four sections termed aṣl.

Not dated at end.

List of contents appended at the beginning (ff. Ir-IIr).

Rough nastaʿlīq.

Author’s annotations throughout.

Binding, red half leather IOL covers; lacking dated stamp impression.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 418 ff. (+2)
Dimensions (leaf): 280 × 160 mm.



Origin: 1245 AH; 1830 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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