Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 559 (The Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts Minasian Collection


Summary of Contents: The author says that, according to the Quranic verse which says "Wa jādilhum bil-latī hī-ya aḥsan", the prophet and the impeccable Imāms had participated in many debates, and Islamic figures have also debated with many disbelievers and enemies of the religion of Islam. As it would be useful for the believers to know about these debates, I decided to collect most of them and translate anything found of them in Arabic into Persian. The result is now this book, containing 65 chapters, as follows: chapter one, On a debate between the prophet and the believers of the five religions; chapter two, On a debate between Ali (PBUH) and the Emigrants and the Helpers; chapter three, On a debate between Ali (PBUH) and Abu Bakr and Umar; chapter four, On a debate between Imam Hassan and his and his father's deniers; chapter five, On a debate between Imam Hossain and Umar bin Khaṭṭāb;... chapter 63, On a debate between an erudite person of the time and an erudite person from the opposition (Ahl-i Khalāf) in the land of India; chapter 64, On a debate between Abū Jaʿfar Muḥammad Muʾmin al-Ṭāq and Ibn Abī Aḥz̤arah; chapter 65, An account of a strange story.
Language(s): Persian


Incipit: بسمله و به نستعین، حمد بیحد و ثنای بیعد نثار بارگاه احدیت حضرت معبود ذوالجودی که… اما بعد چنین گوید… عباس المولوی…
Explicit: … و مادر و جده من زناکار نبودند و من حلال‌زاده‌ام و از زنا حاصل نشده‌ام پس متوکل گفت او را از بغداد اخراج نمائید.
Colophon: تم الکتاب بعون الملک الوهاب.


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 97

Similar copies in other libraries:

  • SEP, 3/213
  • UTL, 8/417
  • MAJ, 17/144

Similar manuscripts listed in other catalogues:

  • ALZ, 2/429
  • DEN, 2/249

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Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Oriental paper, natural buff, varying thickness (thick, regular, thin), one size, glossy. Rubricated titles.
Extent: 257 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 23.5 × 16.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 17 × 11 cm.


16 lines per page.


Graceful Naskh, one hand, fairly large. Anonymous

Additions: Oval stamp: عبده محمد بن صادق بن زین‌العابدین الموسوی ۱۲۶۱ . Oval stamp: عبده عبدالرضا . Oval stamp: عبده هادی الحسینی . Miscellaneous notes.


Black leather, 17.5×24.5 cm, front + back cover, single layer of leather only.


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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