Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 880 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library


1 copy of Radd al-kufr ḥujjat al-Qavī by ʿAbd al-Qavī

Language(s): Persian, Arabic, Urdu

Polemic treatise broadly critiquing the doctrines of the Hindu or Vedantist tradition, written by the qānūngū of parganah Sāmānah who converted to Islam on 5 Shavvāl 1073/13 May 1663, ʿAbd al-Qavī, formerly named Har Kishan.

The work contains a rich seem of autobiographical and social information.

Dated colophon (f. 45r): completed by Quṭb al-Dīn known as Muḥammad Khūrram (sic) ibn Shaykh Muḥammad Anvar ibn Shaykh Ghulām Muḥammad Banī Isrāʾīl, resident of Rohtak in ṣūbah Shāhjahānābād (Delhi), Monday until Tuesday night, 11 Z̲ī Ḥijjah 1156/26 January 1744.

Scribal shikastah āmīz.

IOL deep red binding, stamp dated 22 August 1916.

Water stains and wormholes; gauze overlay in the latter third.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Gauze overlay
Extent: 45 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 222 × 160 mm.



Origin: 11_Zi_Hijjah_1156 AH; 26 January 1744 CE Shāhjahānābād (Delhi) ; India, Rohtak, Haryana

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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