Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 906B (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library


1 copy of Baḥr-i saʿādat by Muḥammad ibn Muḥammad ibn Ibrāhīm al-Kāzarūnī

Language(s): Persian and Arabic

Hagiographic treatise, entitled Baḥr-i saʿādat, on the traditions, character and manners of the Prophet Muḥammad, based on and condensing evidence from the authorities Anas ibn Mālik, Imām Aḥmad [ibn Ḥanbal], and [Aḥmad ibn al-Ḥusayn] Bayhaqī, written by Muḥammad ibn Muḥammad ibn Ibrāhīm al-mulaqqab bah Ḥājī Tāj al-Dīn Harrās al-Kāzarūnī, the latter may be the same as the founder of the Kāzarūnī Sufi Order, Shaykh Abū Isḥāq Ibrāhīm ibn Shahriyār Kāzarūnī(d. 426/1033).

The treatise is divided into twelve chapters.

This copy has lost the portion approximating to the second half of chapter twelve, suffering also from lacunae and disordered folios, with catchwords either obscured or lost. List of contents added by a later hand at beginning (f. 1v).

Not dated at end. Datable to early-sixteenth-century Iran.

Slightly faded illuminated frames around opening frontispiece, in the Timurid style typical of Hirāt (Herat, Afghanistan).

Fluent and elegant rounded naskh by several hands.

Stamped foliation in addition to pencil and original Persian foliations; some variance.

Folios rebound in IOL red half leather covers (stamp dated 22 August 1916); lacunae and disordered, heavily stained, cropped, wormholes, glazed with gauze overlay throughout.

Condition poor.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Gauze overlay
Extent: 228 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 250 × 170 mm.



Origin: 1500 - 1540 CE Hirāt ; Iran or Afghanistan, Herat

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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