Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

I.O. Islamic 4570 (St. Pancras, British Library)

Oriental Manuscripts

A collection of mystical tracts

Contents

Summary of Contents: 11 works by 8 authors on the subjects of Sufism Early works to 1800, Sufism Doctrines Early works to 1800, Predestination, Islamic meditations, and Jāmī
1. ff. 1-88b

A Persian commentary on the well-known metaphysical treatise in Arabic by Muḥammad b. Faz̤l al-Burhānpūrī (d. 1029/1620), محمد بن فضل البرهانپوری

This commentary, written it seems during the lifetime of al-Burhānpūrī, البرهانپوری , lacks the preface

Transcription completed in Safar 1210; Fol. 16 is blank

Language(s): Persian and Arabic

References

For a more detailed description see Arberry 1939, pages 358-9.
2. ff. 17-20
Incipit: الحمد الله رب العالمین و العاقبة المتقین . . . بدان ای عزیز ارشدک الله تعالی که صوفیان قائلین بوحدت وجود اند الخ

A brief anonymous account of the theosophical doctrines of the Ṣūfīs

Transcription completed on 10 Rabīʻ i 1210

Language(s): Persian

References

For a more detailed description see Arberry 1939, page 360.
3. ff. 21-26
Incipit: بعد از سپاس بیقیاس پروردگار و ستایش رسول مختار . . . این کلمۀ چند یست ماخوذ از اصطلاحات فرقۀ علیۀ صوفیه صافه در بیان وجود و تنزلات سنه مشتمل یر مقدمه وفصول هشتگانه و خاعه الخ

An exposition, illustrated by diagrams, of the theosophical ontology of the Ṣūfīs, written at the request of >Amīr Sayyid Maḥmūd “Arjumand Khān”, امیر سید محمود "ارجمند خان"

Transcription completed on 10 Rabīʻ i 1210; Foll. 27-8 are blank

Language(s): Persian

References

For a more detailed description see Arberry 1939, pages 360-1.
4. ff. 29-33
Incipit: این رساله ایست در شرح سر قضا و قدر و رمز خیر و شر الخ

An anonymous tract on the secret meaning of predestination

Transcription completed on 8 Rabīʻ-ʼi 1210 >

Language(s): Persian

References

For a more detailed description see Arberry 1939, page 361.
5. ff. 34-55
Incipit: الحمد الله المعبود فی کل مکان والصلوة علی نبیه محمد المقصود فی کل زمان و علی اله واصحابه المودود بکل جنان این سخن چند است از مباحثۀ روح با نفس در اثبات طاعت حق الخ شر الخ

A theosophical disquisition in the form of a dialogue between the author's higher and lower self

A Ṣūfī of this name is mentioned as one of the successors of Muḥammad Ṣādiq b. Fatḥ Allāh Gangōʼī Chishtī, محمد صادق بن فتح الله گتکوئی چشتی , and presumably lived in the second half of the seventeenth century: he is stated to have written a Risālah dar bayān-i az̲kār va ashghāl ( رساله در بیان اذکار و اشغال ) and an Arabic qaṣīdah, and it is possible that the author of the present treatise may be the same person

Transcription completed on 23 Rabīʻ-ʼi 1210

Language(s): Persian

References

For a more detailed description see Arberry 1939, page 361.
6. ff. 56-77

A theosophical treatise, variously ascribed to Maḥmūd Ushnūʼī “Durr-i Yatīm”, محمود اشنوئى "در يايم" , an obscure Indian Ṣūfī of the seventeenth century, and (as in this copy) to the celebrated ʻAyn al-Quḍāh al-Hamadhānī, author of the Tamhīdāt ( تمهیدان ) and other well-known works, who died in 533: the latter ascription is decidedly false

Transcription completed on 13 Ṣafar 1210

Language(s): Persian

References

For a more detailed description see Arberry 1939, pages 361-2.
7. ff. 80-110a
Incipit: المحمد لظهر ظهر به المظاهر والصالوة علی من هو مظهَر ومظهر . . . اما بعد این لطیفۀ چند است که فقیر ضعیف غلام محیی الدین سید عبد الاطیف از دریای حقیقتش بیرون آورده الخ

Religious and mystical meditations

The author is otherwise known as the author of an epic entitled Najībnāmah ( نجیبنامه ) or Nāmah-ʼi ṭurfah ( نامۀ طرفه ) on the career of the Rohilla chief Najīb al-Daulah, d. 1185/1771, نجیب الدوله

The work is made up of sections called laṭīfah

Transcription completed on 17 Muḥarram 1210

Language(s): Persian

References

For a more detailed description see Arberry 1939, page 362.
8. ff. 110a-110b (line 14)
Incipit: المحمد لظهر ظهر من عینه غیره مع انه عینه الخ

A very short tract in explanation of a saying of Shaikh ʻAbd al-Ḥaqq Muḥammad Makhdūm al-Qādirī, شیخ عبد الحق محمد مخدوم القادری , perhaps the same as Muḥammad ʻAbd al-Ḥaqq, author of a Risālah dar bayān-i wāḥidīyah ( رساله در بیان وحيدية )

The date of transcription is not given

Language(s): Persian

References

For a more detailed description see Arberry 1939, pages 362-3.
9. ff. 111b (line 15)-112
Incipit: الحمد الله رب العالمین . . . اما بعد میگوید غلام محیی الدین . . . که این رساله ایست مسمی المفتاح الاسرار در حل مسئله عینیت حقیقی اصظلاحی و غیریت حقیقی اصظلاحی الخ

A brief discussion of a saying of Shaikh ʻAbd al-Ḥaqq Muḥammad Makhdūm al-Qādirī, شیخ عبد الحق محمد مخدوم القادری

Transcription completed on 20 Muḥarram 1210

Language(s): Persian

References

For a more detailed description see Arberry 1939, page 363.
10. ff. 111b (line 15)-112
Incipit: الحمد متکاثرۀ و اثنیۀ متوافرۀ جمیع موجودات راجع بذاتی است . . . اما بعد چنین میگوید . . . رکن الدین محمد شاه عبد الحسن قادری . . . در اثبات حقیقی بودن وجود بار یتعالی الخ

A short treatise in the form of a catechism explaining difficult points of Ṣūfī metaphysics

The date of transcription is not given

Foll. 117-19 are blank

Language(s): Persian

References

For a more detailed description see Arberry 1939, page 363.
11. ff. 120-151

The commentary on the Lavāʼiḥ ( لوائح ) of Jāmī, 1414-1492, and completed in 901

This work is the same as the Ḥāshīyah-ʼi Lavāʼiḥ ( حاشیۀ لوائح ), except that in the present copy the exordium is omitted, and the text begins at a point which corresponds with fol. 2a (line 7) in Ethe's copy

Transcription completed on 13 Dhūʼl-Ḥijjah 1209

Language(s): Persian

References

For a more detailed description see Arberry 1939, pages 363-4.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 151 ff
Dimensions (leaf): 13.1 × 8.5 in.
Dimensions (written): 9.7 × 6.3 in.

Hand(s)

Good Indian nasta'liq and naskh

fully vocalized in red ink, all Arabic words being glossed in Persian; double ruled margins

Decoration

History

Origin: late 18th century CE

Record Sources

Manuscript description based on A. J. Arberry: Hand-List of Islamic Manuscripts acquired by the India Office Library, 1936–8. Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society (New Series) (1939), 71: pp 353-396

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