Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 1138 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library


1 copy of a work by Khvājah Aḥrār

Language(s): Persian

Untitled spiritual biography of the saint and founder of the Naqshbandī Ṣūfī order, Bahāʾ al-Dīn Muḥammad Bukhārī the Naqshband (d. 791/1388), compiled by Khvājah ʿUbayd Allāh Aḥrār (d. circa 895/1490).

Not dated at end.

Large proportions datable to mid to late sixteenth century, with replacement leaves from the seventeenth century.

Neat calligraphic nastaʿlīq.

Replacement folios 2, 154-169.

Persian and stamped foliation.

Original covers lost; front board of later delaminating leather binding only.

Folios partially bound; heavy water stains, wormholes, later repairs.

Condition fragile.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 169 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 215 × 118 mm.



Origin: Undated, late 16th century 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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