Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 712 (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: ||… و الارشاد الی المراد و التوفیق للسدد و العصمة…
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: تمت الکتاب فی ید… الحاجی محمد الکاظمین من سکناء و مسکنه مند علی زجر من الله… صاحبه و مالکه ملا عبدالغفور بن اسماعیل غفر الله له و لوالدیه سنه ۱۲۴۵


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 832

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: Western paper (watermark), natural buff, regular thickness, one size, glossy. Titles rubricated with red ink; rubricated lines above some expressions.
Extent: 134 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 20 × 15 cm.
Dimensions (written): 14 × 7 cm.


19 lines per page.


Cursive Naskh, three hands, regular hand. Ḥāj Muḥammad حاج محمد Titles are unwritten in part 3 of the book, ff. 103-134.

Additions: Explanatory, ownership, ownership transfer, and miscellaneous notes. Illegible, rectangular stamp. Ownership stamp removed.


Black leather, 16 × 21 cm, front + back cover, leather + pasteboard.

Simple tooling: medalion, two half-medalions, edges (decorated tooling, linear tooling).


Spine destroyed and back cover broken, cover decorations damaged, cover detached from the copy.


Origin: 1245 AH; 1830 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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