Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 163 (The Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts Minasian Collection


Summary of Contents: The work is one of the famous interpretations of Qurʾān on which many interpreters rely. The interpretation is authored using a number of other interpretations together with some additions from the author himself. There have been many commentaries and annotations written on this interpretation so far. This copy covers from the beginning (Sūrat al-Tawḥīd) to the end (Sūrat al-Nās) of Qurʾān.
Language(s): Arabic

Qurʼan--Criticism, interpretation

Incipit: بسمله، صلوه،… و بعد فان اعظم العلوم مقدارا و ارفعها شرفا و منارا علم التفسیر الذی رئیس العلوم الدینیه… و الاتیان بما قصدته نادیا ان اسمیه بعد ان اتممه بانوار التنزیل و اسرار التاویل…
Explicit: … والناس بیان للوسواس او للذی او متعلق بیوسوس فی صدورهم من جهه الجنه و الناس و قیل بیان للناس علی ان المراد به ما یعم الثقلین… فان نسیان حق الله تعالی یعم الثقلین عن النبی صلی الله علیه و سلم من قراء المعوذتین فکانما قراء الکتب التی انزل الله تعالی.
Colophon: تم انوار التنزیل و اسرار التاویل… علی ید العبد… موسی بن الشیخ علی الخطیب… و کان الفراق من نسخ هذا الکتاب المبارک یوم الاربعا من شهر رجب الفرد سنه ۱۸۲ بعد الالف تم.


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 94

Similar copies in other libraries:

  • GIE, 2/22
  • MAL, 1/64
  • NLI, 15/145
  • SEP, 1/118-120
  • MNL, 21/164-166
  • UTL, 1/15

Similar manuscripts listed in other catalogues:

  • ALZ, 6/44, 23
  • COM, 1/50, 57
  • DEN, 2/218

Printed editions:

  • Tehran, 1284 AH
  • Cairo, 1355 AH
  • Istanbul, 1270 AH
  • Leipzig, 1844

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Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Western paper (watermark), natural buff, regular thickness, one size. Folios corroded due to infestation; edge mending of the beginning and ending folios.
Extent: 235 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 30 × 19 cm.
Dimensions (written): 23 × 13.5 cm.


35 lines per page.


Cursive Naskh, one hand, regular hand; annotated (Nastaʿalīq and Shikastah Nastaʿalīq). Comment-text book. موسی بن شیخ علی خطیب Mūsá bin Shaykh ʿAlī Khaṭīb

Additions: Circular stamp on f. 1a and the last folio: موسی علی… . Oval stamp of the benefactor on f. 1a and the last folio: بدل بن علی… ۱۲۴۸ . Oval stamp on f. 1a: یا باقر العلوم… ۱۲ . Oval stamp on f. 1b: Illegible. Ownership stamp erased on f. 1a. Note on f. 1a: A biography of Qāz̤ī Bayz̤āwī, a statement of benefaction, a note on ownership transfer. Miscellaneous notes on the last folio. Ownership transfer notes erased on f. 1a.


Brown leather, 20×31 cm, front + back cover, leather + pasteboard.



Origin: Unknown place of origin; 1182 AH; 1768 CE

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.


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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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