Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

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

Oriental Manuscripts Minasian Collection

Contents

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.

References

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.

Layout

13 lines per page.

Hand(s)

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

Binding

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

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

Condition

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

History

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.

Availability

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:

Libraries:

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.

Catalogues:

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.


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