An 18th-century collection of Sufi teachings, prayers and invocations.
A collection of Sufi works
This volume is a compilation of finely calligraphed and illuminated texts related to Sufism, the mystical dimension of Islam. Shown here is part of an illuminated list of the ninety-nine canonical names of God according to Islamic teachings (Asmā’ Allāh al-ḥusnā). These are written in Arabic with Persian translations in red ink underneath each line. Such a work was designed for recitation and/or meditation. The rest of the volume is taken up with instructions on spiritual life, litanies (awrad), supplications (ad‘iya), and texts on talismans in Arabic and Persian. With explanations and translations of all the Arabic passages, this volume was intended for use by a Persian speaker.