Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 79* (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Treatise on Sufism, 2 items (a-b)


Summary of Contents: Collection of miscellaneous fragments, substantially comprised of an unidentified work on Sufism. Volume not dated; item b dated ([1] Ṣafar 1096/[7] January 1685). Annotations in margins. Lacking foliation. Lacking original binding. Paper dust wrapper (BEIC legal publication on the trade of tobacco and ganza, dated 30 January 1852); watermarked (crowned lion rampant guardant, in crowned oval frame; not dated); labels, torn and stained. Folios unbound; large wormholes, stains, creases. Condition fragile.

Language(s): Persian and Arabic

1. ff. 1r-1v
Language(s): Persian and Arabic

Delhi Persian 79* a.

Detached sheet of accounts relating to the repair of Rampur fort.

Not dated.

Raqm annotations.

2. ff. 2r-103r

Delhi Persian 79* b.

Untitled treatise on Sufism by an unnamed author.

The work is defective at the beginning.

Lacunae after folio 7.

It is quite possible that folios 2-7 are later replacement folios augmenting an older fragmentary copy.

Dated colophon (f. 103r): completed by Sayyid Aʿẓam Ḥusaynī for Miyān Shaykh Muḥammad Fāz̤il, midday Sunday, [1] Ṣafar 1096/[7] January 1685, in the reign of Emperor ʿĀlamgīr I.

Inelegant scribal nastaʿlīq frequently tending to shikastah āmīz by multiple hands.

Ends with a rough and incomplete transcription of sūrah Fātiḥah (Qurʾān, I: 1-3) by a later hand.

Language(s): Persian and Arabic

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 103 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 220 × 155 mm.



Origin: 1_Safar_1096 AH; 7 January 1685 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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