Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 549 (The Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford)

Oriental ManuscriptssubMinasian 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: ||… والشهادتان والصلوة علی النبی و آله و اقل اشهد ان لا اله الا الله وحده لا شریک له و اشهد…
Explicit: … و ان کان مما لا یوکل لحمة و یقع علیه الزکاة کاالاسد و النمرض … ||
Colophon: None.

References

Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 831

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

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Oriental paper, natural buff, dark buff, varying thickness (thin, regular, thick), one size. Titles rubricated.
Extent: 135 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 20.5 × 13 cm.
Dimensions (written): 12 × 8 cm.

Layout

14 lines per page.

Hand(s)

Cursive Naskh, cursive Nastaʿalīq, Shikastah Nastaʿalīq, several hands, regular, small, fairly small and fairly large hands. Anonymous

Additions: Explanatory and miscellaneous notes.

Binding

Brown leather, 14 × 21 cm, front + back cover, single layer of leather only.

Tooled; medalion, half medalion.

Condition

Infestation (insect damage) in cover, cover decorations abraded, cover detaching from the copy, damage to the head band and stitching.

History

Origin: 12th century AH; 18th 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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