Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 666 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library


1 copy of Safīnat al-awliyāʾ by Dārā Shukūh

Language(s): Persian and Arabic

Substantive collection of hagiographical entries covering the lives of significant scholars and saints of the Qādirī, Chishtī, Kubravī, Suhravardī, and Naqshbandī schools of Sufism, by the Timurid (Mughal) prince, Sulṭān Muḥammad Dārā Shukūh ibn Shāh Jahān (d. 1069/1658), who calls himself here Dārā Shukūh Ḥanafī Qādirī.

Dated colophon (ff. 215v-216r): completed by Ghulām Muʿīn al-Ḥaqq Anṣārī Chishtī Quddūsī Rāmpūrī for ‘uncle’ Anṣārī Khān Ṣāḥib, 4 Z̲ū al-Qaʿdah in RY 21 of Emperor Muḥammad Shāh, 1151/13 February 1739.

Scribal nastaʿlīq; rubricated headings are frequently omitted.


Foliated in pencil throughout.

Original covers lost.

Loose folded paper wrapper (ledger, fragment of Acquittance Roll, dated November 1829, January 1830, Calcutta); watermarked (J Whatman […]); torn, stained, and incomplete. Folios unbound; cropped, water and fungal stains, creased, wormholes.

Condition fragile.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 216 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 201 × 129 mm.



Origin: 4_Zu_al-Qa‘dah_1151 AH; 13 February 1739 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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