Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 362 (The Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts Minasian Collection


Summary of Contents: This is one of the most authoritative texts in Shiʿa jurisprudence. It contains all aspects of jurisprudence, with a sequence known to the authors within Shia discipline, namely Prayers, Contracts, Unilateral Obligations, and Precepts. The author provides a clear, explicit, and brief overview of the Shia jurisprudence in this book. Muḥaqqiq Ḥillī had a book called 'Sharāyiʿ al-Islām fī Masāyil al-Ḥalāl va al-Ḥarām' in jurisprudence. He abridged it some time later to create al-Nāfiʿ fī Mukhtaṣar al-Sharāyiʿ, which gained a reputation as al-Mukhtaṣar al-Nāfiʿ. Mukhtaṣar-i Nāfiʿ is a book in jurisprudence that Muḥaqqiq Ḥillī has compiled based on his own Fatwas, containing the most important Shia jurisprudential issues in a concise manner. The book includes a full course of Shia jurisprudence with very detailed definitions and discussions, which show the mastery of the author in the field. The author himself has written a commentary on this work, called by him as 'al-Muʿtabar'.
Language(s): Arabic

Principles of Islamic jurisprudence

Incipit: بسمله، الحمد لله الذی صغرت فی عظمته عبادة العالمین و حصرت عن شکر نعمته… فانی مورد لک فی هذا المختصر خلاصة المذهب المعتبر بالفاظ محبّره و عبارة محرره تظفرک…
Explicit: … الثالثه لا یفعل العاقله بهیمة و لا اتلاف مال و لا یختفی ضمانها با الجنایة علی الادمی حسب فهذا ما اردنا زکوة و قصدنا… تم الکتاب بعون الملک الوهاب.
Colophon: و کان الفراغ من کتابته… حادی عشر من شهر صفر… السنه السادس و خمسین علی ید… الحاجی عبدالله ابن عوفی ابن جعفر ابن دراج ابن حسین ابن عبدالهادی.


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 829

Similar copies in other libraries:

  • NLI, 7/73
  • UTL, 5/1569
  • MAJ, 2/407
  • MNL, 2/212

Similar manuscripts listed in other catalogues:

  • DEN, 9/257
  • ALZ, 20/213

Printed editions:

  • Tehran, 1387 AH/1967
  • Translated into Persian; Tehran, 1362 Shamsī/1983

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Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Western paper (watermark), natural buff, varying thickness (regular, thick), one size. Titles rubricated; Water damage on papers, worm and termite infestation.
Extent: 265 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 21 × 15.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 12 × 8 cm.


13 lines per page.


Cursive Naskh, Nastaʿalīq, Shikastah Nastaʿalīq, Naskh, several hands, fairly large hand. Ḥājī ʿAbd Allāh bin ʿAwfī حاجی عبدالله بن عوفی

Additions: Comentary on the text in the marginalia. Ownership note. Oval, illegible stamp: عبدالله بن شعیب ۱۲۲۱


Maroon leather, 16 × 22 cm, front + back cover, leather + pasteboard.

Tooled: medalion, half medalion, corner-piece, rectangular tooling, linear tooled edges.


Worm and termite infestation, damage to the spine, cover decorations eliminated, cover detached from the copy, damage to the head band and stitching.


Origin: 10-11th century AH; 16-17th century CE ; Unknown place of origin

Provenance and Acquisition

Donated to The Ferdowsi Library by Dr Caro Minasian in 1972.

Record Sources

This record was created based on the information published in: Mir-Ansari, Ali, Catalogue of the Persian and Arabic Manuscripts in the Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford (Minasian Collection), Tehran: Miras-e Maktoob, 2016.


Entry to the Library is permitted upon presentation of a valid university ID card (for admissions procedures, please visit Wadham College Library, Persian Studies Section). Please Contact persian.library@wadham.ox.ac.uk for further information on the availability of this manuscript.

Key to bibliographical abbreviations of alternative versions:


AQR: Central Library of Astan Quds Razavi; FAW: Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford (Minasian Collection); GIE: Great Islamic Encyclopedia Library, Manuscripts; GIP: Great Islamic Encyclopedia Library, Photographed and Microfilmed Manuscripts; GUL: Library of Ayatollah Gulpayigani; LAH: Library of Ayatollah Ha'iri (Library of Faydiyya Seminary); MAJ: Library, Museum and Documentation Center of the Islamic Consultative Assembly; MAL: Malek National Museum and Library; MNL: Mar'ashi Najafi Library; NLI: National Library of Iran; SEP: Sepahsalar (Shahid Motahari) Mosque and School of Tehran; TCL: Tabriz Central Public Library; UTL: Central Library of University of Tehran.


ALZ: الذریعه; ARP: فهرست کتاب‌های چاپی عربی; COM: فهرست مشترک نسخه‌های خطی فارسی; DEN: فهرستواره دست‌نوشته‌های ایران (دنا); FAM: فهرست نسخه‌های خطی فارسی; FAP: فهرست کتاب‌های چاپی فارسی; FIH: فهرستواره کتاب‌های فارسی; KAS: کشف الظنون عن اسامی الکتب و الفنون; RAY: ریحانة الادب فی تراجمِ المعروفین بالکنیة او اللّقب; TAB: طبقات اعلام الشیعه.

Funding of Cataloguing

Wadham College (University of Oxford)


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