Letters by ‘Alī Ḥamdānī


Maktūbāt-i Sayyid ‘Alī Ḥamdānī (Letters by Ali Hamdani) is a collection letters by the famous Persian scholar, saint, and preacher Sayyid ‘Alī Ḥamdānī (1314–85 A.D.; A.H. 714–87). He came from Hamdan in Central Asia and traveled to Kashmir in 1372–73 A.D. to spread the message of Islam. This is one of the rarest extant manuscripts of letters from the saint to his disciples, directing them how to unravel the secrets of Islamic mysticism. In the letters, Sayyid ‘Alī Ḥamdānī quotes a number of couplets from a 12th-century Persian poet, Shaykh ‘Attār. It is not known when this copy was made or by whom.

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مکتوبات سید علی حمدانی

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47 leaves ; 18.5 × 11 centimeters

Last updated: September 18, 2015