Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 180 (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) of Qurʾān to the beginning of Sūrat al-ʾAʿrāf.
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: … فمن قراء الانعام صلی علیه واستغفر لهم اولیک السبعون الف ملک بعدد کل آیه من سوره الانعام یوما و لیله. سوره الاعراف…||


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 95

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: Oriental paper, natural buff, varying thickness (thick, regular, thin), one size. Rubricated titles; rubricated lines above verses; some folios have signs of water damage or cuts on their edges, and many marginalia have been removed.
Extent: 228+1 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 24 × 17 cm.
Dimensions (written): 24 × 12 cm.


19 lines per page.


Nastaʿalīq (body text) and Naskh (Quranic verses), one hand, regular hand; annotation in marginalia (Nastaʿalīq). Anonymous

Additions: Rectangular stamp on f. 1a: یا محمد علی، ۱۲۴ . Rectangular stamp on f. 1a: لا اله الا الله محمد رسول الله علی ولی الله . Oval stamp on f. 1a: محمد… . Oval stamp on f. 1a: یا امام موسی کاظم . Ownership stamp erased on f. 1a and the last folio. Note on f. 1a: book price in Sīyāq script, ownership and ownership transfer notes. Ownership notes erased on f. 1a and the last folio.


Brown leather, 18×25 cm, front + back cover, leather+pasteboard

Tooled (medallion + two half-medallion); tooled, ruled edges


Back bone mending and edge mending by leather


Origin: Unknown place of origin; 12th century AH; 17-18th century 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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