Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 1092B (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Kashf al-maḥjūb by Hujvīrī


Summary of Contents: The well-known treatise on Sufism, Kashf al-maḥjūb, composed in the 11th century CE by ʻAlī ibn Us̱mān Hujvīrī.
Incipit: ربنا آتنا من لدنک رحمته و هی لنا من امرنا رشدا. الحمد لله الذی کشف الاولیاء بواطن ملکوته الخ.
Explicit: و اندر حکایات مشهور است که جنید و محمد بن مسروق

On f. 1v, the author's name is misspelt as Ḥujvīrī.

Language(s): Persian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: ff. i+340 + wrapper
Dimensions (leaf): 260 × 145 mm.
Dimensions (written): 170 × 82 mm.

India Office stamped foliation.




End defective; slightly worm-eaten and damp-stained. Loose leaves. Without binding and encased in a wrapper.


15 lines per page.


Nastaʻlīq; copied in black ink, with headings and overlinings in red.


Margins ruled in yellow and outer frame in blue.


Marginal corrections and a few glosses.

Folio 1r includes an undated note by a former owner Aḥmad Qīyām al-Dīn who was presented with the book by his father Sayyid Khvājah Abu al-Ḥasan al-Ḥusayn . A second note at the bottom of the page has been erased but the date 1201 (1786/87) can be read.

Folio 1v includes a prayer? in another hand at the top of the page. The same has been repeated in the margin of f. 147v.


Black Government of India Delhi MSS oval stamp (ff. 1r, 339v).

Black undated oval seal of Muḥammad Nūr (f. 148v).

Accompanying Material

Wrapper: East India Company Acquittance Roll dated April 1833. Watermarked J. Whatman Balston & Co., 1828.


Origin: Undated; probably 17th century.

Provenance and Acquisition

Presented by Sayyid Khvājah Abu al-Ḥasan al-Ḥusayn to his son Aḥmad Qīyām al-Dīn (note on f. 1r).

Owned by Muḥammad Nūr (his seal f. 148v).

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 R. Levy's description in Drafts for Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts in the India Office Library, vol. III, Mss Eur E207/13, f. 10r. Revised by Sheida Heydarishovir


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