Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 1081 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Ṣirāṭ-i mustaqīm

Ṣirāṭ-i mustaqīm by Muḥammad Ismāʻīl


Summary of Contents: A treatise dealing particularly with the beliefs of Sayyid Ahmad Barelavi, compiled in 1819 by Shāh Muḥammad Ismāʻīl ibn ʻAbd al-Ghanī Dihlavī (1779-1831).
Incipit: حمدی که شایان شان بارگاه بی نیاز مطلق باشد در حیطه بیان احدی جز ذات پاک وی نمیگنجد و برهان ساطع این بیان از مطلع کلام تقدس التیام لا احصی ثناء علیک انت کما اثنیت علی نفسک بر مفارق جمهور انام می درخشد.
Explicit: از آن جمله تنبیه جهله اهل زمان است که ولایت را از ممنعات عقلیه شمرده و منحصر بر اوائل این امت دانسته قائل به انقطاع آن مثل انقطاع نبوت شده اند و السلام علی من اتبع الهدی و حمد الله اولا و آخر و ظاهر و باطنا و صلی الله علی خیر خلقه محمد و آله و صحبه و سلم فقط تمام شد.
Language(s): Persian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: ff. iv+99+i
Dimensions (leaf): 206 × 125 mm.
Dimensions (written): 168 × 83 mm.

India Office stamped foliation




Slightly worm-eaten.


19 lines per page.


Nastaliq, cursive and compact, copied in black ink, with headings in red. Arabic overlined in red.


Half-leather board binding covered in printed patterned paper.


Black Government of India Delhi MSS oval stamp (ff. 1r, 98v).


Origin: Undated, probably between 1819 and 1857. 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.

Acquired by the Government of India in 1876

Record Sources

Based on A.J. Arberry's description in "Drafts for Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts in the India Office Library, vol. III", Mss Eur E207/4, f. 23r, and R. Levy 's description, Mss Eur E207/12, f. 116r. Revised by Sheida Heydarishovir


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    C.A. Storey, Persian Literature: A Bio-bibliographical Survey, in Storey Online, , vol. 4 #460.

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