Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Persian MS 333 (The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester)

Persian Manuscripts


Summary of Contents: A work on Sufi spiritual life by Husain ibn ‘Alim ibn Ḥasan al-Ḥusainī f. 140v, known as Amir Ḥusainī or Fakhr al-Sādāt (d. AH 718, A.D. 1318). It is in mixed prose and poetry, interspersed with stories and sayings of the holy men. It commences with an amplificatory preface in which he praises the prophet Muhammad and the first four Caliphs. The main text is a guidance for the spiritual traveller in various stages in his path to purity, divided into twenty-eight chapters (faṣl). According to the author in faṣl 28, Nuzhat al-arvāḥ was completed in A.H 711, when he was 40 years old: در ختم کتاب ای شب گرد بدروز سال عمرت بچهل رسیده و تو از جهل خود نارسیده... در شهور سنه احدی عشر و سبعماته مشاطه نشاط فکر بر بساط گردن و گوش هر یک را بزیور فصاحت و بلاغت مقرط و موشح گردانید It has been a popular Sufi work, widely copied and received several commentaries.
Incipit: (beginning) بتوفیقش چو روشن دیدم آواز سخن راهم بنامش کردم آغاز بگو ای مرغ زیرک حمد مولی که هست اورا سپاس و منت اولی
Language(s): Persian


For commentaries see Ethe, IO (1821)
lithograph version see Mushar, 3265.
Title: faṣl 5
Title: faṣl 6
Title: faṣl 10
Title: faṣl 15
Title: faṣl 16
Title: faṣl 17
Title: faṣl 24
Title: faṣl 28

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 142 folios; 11 fly leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 152 × 89 mm.
Dimensions (written): 120 × 55 mm.

The folios in two octavos are misarranged as following: 1- 3- 4- 5- 6- 2- 7- 8; 49- 50- 52- 51- 54- 53- 55- 56


Wormholes ; repaired


12 lines to the page; Illuminated title page, double ruled in with black and red


Black ink, rubrics in red, nasta‘līq


Illuminated title page

  • Marginalia Aditions in the margins ; marginal remarks in different hands.
  • inside cover Bookplates Bibilotheca Lindesiana, Bland MSS No. 553
  • Title on on fly leaf نسخه نزهت الرواح transcribed Nuzutalravah and translated into French Alrevah ou la Soirée.
Catchword on every verso page


Repaired and firmly rebound in red calf leather



Provenance and Acquisition

Formerly part of the collection of the Persian scholar Nathaniel Bland (1803-1865). Bland’s oriental manuscripts were sold through Bernard Quaritch in 1866 to Alexander Lindsay, 25th Earl of Crawford.

Purchased by Enriqueta Rylands, on behalf of the John Rylands Library, in 1901 from James Ludovic Lindsay, 26th Earl of Crawford.

Record Sources

Bibliographical description based on an index created by Reza Navabpour circa 1993. Identification of provenance based on manuscript catalogue by Michael Kerney, circa 1890s.


The manuscript is available for consultation by any accredited reader, see Becoming a Reader for details. Please contact uml.special-collections@manchester.ac.uk for further information on the availability of this manuscript.

Funding of Cataloguing

Iran Heritage Foundation and The John Rylands Research Institute


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