Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 1084 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Two treatises (a-b): Risālah-ʼi ʻishqīyah by Ḥamīd al-Dīn Nāgawrī and Munājāt by Khvājah ʻAbd Allāh Anṣārī


Summary of Contents: A volume containing two works: Risālah-ʼi ʻishqīyah, a treatise on Sufism and mystic love by Ḥamīd al-Dīn Nāgawrī and Munājāt, mystical prayers, by Khvājah ʻAbd Allāh Anṣārī.
Delhi Persian 1084a.
Title: رساله عشقیه
Incipit: هو... الله لا اله الا هو و درود بیحد بران ظهور که شهود ذات و مقصود صفات است و بر آل و بر اصحاب و بر پیروان وی باد.
Colophon: تم تمام شد عشقیه تصنیف حضرت حمیدالدین ناگوری قدس سره العزیز به تاریخ [...] شهر ذیقعده سنه ۶ محمدشاه پادشاه مطابق سنه ۱۱۳۶ هجری در روز جمعه به دارالخلافه شاه جهان آباد نوشته شد برای یادگار محمد مظفر سلمه الله تعالی کاتب فقیر الحقیر نیازمند دارین اولغ [...] والاشاهی محمد فرخ سیر [...] [بیت] نوشته بماند [...] نویسنده [...].

Colophon dated Zu'l-Qaʻdah 1136, regnal year 6 of Muhammad Shah (July/August 1724). Copied in the capital Shahjahanabad for Muḥammad Muẓaffar.

Folios 50 and 51 are stuck together.

Language(s): Persian


Delhi Persian 1084b.
Title: Munājāt
Title: مناجات
Incipit: یا هو... مناجات اسرار ندیم درگاه جباری ابوسعید خواجه عبدالله انصاری قدس سره. ای ز دردت بی دلان را بوی درمان آمده/ یاد تو مرعاشقان را مونس جان آمده/ صدهزاران همچو موسی مست در هر گوشه ای/ رب ارنی گو شده دیدار جویان آمده
Explicit: کاشکی عبدالله خاک بودی تا نامش از دفتر وجود پاک بودی [بیت] دی آمدم و نیامد از من کاری/ امروز ز من گرم نشد بازاری/ فردا بروم بیخبر از اسراری/ ناآمدنم به بود از بسیاری
Colophon: آمین و رب العالمین برحمتک یا ارحم الراحمین به اتمام رساله تصنیف قطب العارفین حضرت شیخ عبدالله انصاری رحمت الله علیه بتاریخ دوازدهم شهر محرم الحرام سنه ۶ جلوس محمدشاه پادشاه در دارالخلافه برای یادگار محمد مظفر سلمه الله تعالی تحریر یافت. راقم نیازمند دارین اولغ خان [...] پادشاه محمد فرخ سیر شهید مظلوم. هرکه خواند دعا طمع دارم/ زآنکه من بنده گنه کارم. والسلام تم تم تمام شد کار من نظام شد.

Colophon dated in the capital, on 12 Muḥarram regnal year 6 of Muhammad Shah (1 October 1724). Copied for Muḥammad Muẓaffar.

Language(s): Persian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 58 folios + wrapper
Dimensions (leaf): 283 × 166 mm.
Dimensions (written): 208 × 94 mm.

India Office stamped foliation.




Worm-eaten and damp-stained. Loose leaves encased with a wrapper beneath the binding.


Written transversely in 2 columns of 17 lines, separated by a single line written vertically between them.


Nastaʻlīq; copied in black ink; marks and headings in red, overlining in red for most of the sentences. Ruled frame in blue and red. The copyist's name is Ulugh Khān.


f. 1r: invocation to God, a verse by Rūmī, an anecdote and the title and author of both books.

f. 58v: a passage in Arabic on the importance of replying to letters and returning regards. Below it another short note in Arabic about people who go to heaven. Below that, a note of a former owner, stating that the book ʻIshqīyah by Ḥamīd al-Dīn Nāgawrī was copied by the author 'Qāẓī Ṣāḥib' and was purchased via Khayr al-Dīn, servant of the court of Khvājah Quṭb al-Aqṭāb for 4 rupees on 7 Ramazan of the first regnal year of Muhammad Akbar Shah (28 July 1724).


Marbled board binding dating from the 19th century.


Black Government of India Delhi MSS oval stamp (ff. 1r & 57v).

Accompanying Material

Wrapper: East India Company Acquittance Roll dated Feburary 1832. Watermarked J. Whatman Balston & Co., 1828


Origin: Zu'l-Qaʻdah 1136 AH-12 Muḥarram regnal year 6 of Muhammad Shah (July/August-1 October 1724) Shahjahanabad (Delhi), India

Provenance and Acquisition

Copied for Muḥammad Muẓaffar in 1724.

Possibly belonged to Khayr al-Dīn, servant of the court of Khvājah Quṭb al-Aqṭāb and sold by him to an unnamed purchaser for 4 rupees on 7 Zu'l-Qaʻdah 1136 (28 July 1724).

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 in1876

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 E207/2, f. 35r and Mss Eur E207/1, f. 9r, and R. Levy's description, Mss Eur E207/12, f. 124r and Mss Eur E207/13, f. 1r. Revised by Sheida Heydarishovir


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