Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 596 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Tarjumah-’i Khulāṣat al-mafākhir


Summary of Contents: A translation by by an anonymous disciple of Jalāl al-Dīn Bukhārī (جلال الدین بخاری) of Uc̲h̲h, known as Makhdūm-i Jahāniyān (d. 1384) of biographical anecdotes largely about ʻAbd al-Qādir Jilānī (عبد القادر جلانى), written as a supplement to the Arabic work Rawḍ al-rayāḥīn fī ḥikāyāt al-Ṣāliḥīn by Yāfiʻī, ʻAbd Allāh ibn Asʻad, d. 1367 (يافعی، عبد الله بن أسعد).
Colophon: Folio 235v: Completed 26 Muḥarram 1031 (10 December 1621) in Dacca (Dhākah) for Miyān Sīdū(?).
Language(s): Persian

Contents listed on ff. 3r-4v.

Followed at the end by some sayings of ʻAbd al-Qādir (ff. 235v-236r).

Language(s): Persian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: ff. 235 [ie. ff. 2-236]+i
Dimensions (leaf): 240 × 140 mm.
Dimensions (written): 170 × 80 mm.

Foliated in pencil: 2-236 and in Persian: 5-241.


Catchwords on the bottom-left corners of the verso.


Loose leaves, detached binding.


15 lines per page.


Nastaʻlīq; copied in black ink, with heading in red.


Note (f. 6r) mentions that it was purchased by Muḥammad Karīm Allāh and also gives the alternate titles Takmilah-’i Sayyid ʻAbd al-Qādir Jilānī and Takmila’i Rawḍat al-rayāḥīn


Red leather binding with gilt triple-ruled frame, probably dating from the late 18th or early 19th century. Paper pastedowns


Black Government of India Delhi MSS stamp (ff. 6r, 236v).


Origin: 26 Muḥarram 1031 AH (10 December 1621 CE); Dacca, Bangladesh

Provenance and Acquisition

Formerly owned by Muḥammad Karīm Allāh who was active in the mid-19th century.

Purchased by the Government of India at sale organised by Delhi Prize Agents in 1859. Administrative deposit India Office Library, 1876.

Acquired by the Government of India in 1876

Record Sources

Based on C.A. Storey's description in "Drafts for Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts in the India Office Library, vol. III"Mss Eur 207/9, ff. 111-2. . Revised by Ursula Sims-Williams


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    C.A. Storey, Persian Literature: A Bio-bibliographical Survey, in Storey Online, , vol. 1 §1254.

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