Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 602 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Three works on tradition


a. ff. 4v-16v
Incipit: بسم الله…حمدی که مسبّحان صوامع جوامع معرفت از ادای کنه حمدیت بعجز معترف …
Explicit: و عمر وی هفتاد و چهارساله بود رح. الحمد الله علی کل حال تحقیق اشمإ الرجال الشمایل مصنف مهمد فیض الواسطی بالکرامی

The introductory portion of a Persian translation of al-Tirmidhī’s Shamāʾil al-Nabī, a collection of traditions concerning the person and character of the Prophet. Translated by Muḥammad Fayz̤ ibn Muḥammad Ṣādiq Ṣadr-i Jahān Ḥātim Badr al-Dīn al-Ḥusaynī al-Bilgrāmī al-Vāsiṭī al-Muḥammadī and completed in 1112 (1700-1701).

Preceded (f. 1) by an index, headed Fihrist-i Barzakh and the first leaf (f. 2) of what is possibly a Persian translation of al-Suyūtī’s Kitāb al-Barzakh. Further table on f. 3r (ff. 3v-4r are blank).

Language(s): Persian
b. ff. 17r-19r

Arabic definitions of different kinds of traditions.

Language(s): Arabic
c. ff. 21v-29v

Chapters (faṣl) 2-4 and the heading of chapter 5 from an unidentified Arabic work on Ḥadith.

Preceded on f. 20v by a further index.

Language(s): Arabic

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: ff. i+31+i
Dimensions (leaf): 214 × 156 mm.

Foliated in pencil.




Poor condition; broken binding.


13-17 lines per page.


Nastaʻlīq; copied in black ink with headings in red.


Some marginal notes.

Note on front pastedown.


Three-quarter leather binding with marbled boards; paper pastedowns.


Black Government of India Delhi MSS oval stamp (ff. 1r, 16v, 17r, 19v).


Origin: Undated, 19th century 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 C.A. Storey's description in Drafts for Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts in the India Office Library, vol. III, Mss Eur E207/5, ff. 106-9. Revised by Ursula Sims-Williams


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Microfilm IOL 356

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