Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 111 (The Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts Minasian Collection


Summary of Contents: The work, compiled in 32 chapters, gives an account of some speeches, advices, interpretations of some Quranic verses, and some tales and narratives. The first chapter is on the two virtues of 'Bism Allāh al-raḥmān al-raḥīm', the second chapter on the virtue of 'Fātiḥah al-Kitāb', the fifth chapter on the virtue of Ḥaz̤rat Muṣtafá (PBUH), the tenth chapter on Holding the Tongue (Not to Speak), the 20th chapter on the virtue of Banquet, the 30th chapter on the Beauties of Tales, the 31st chapter on An Account of Forgiveness and Patience, and the 32nd chapter on Humility and Modesty.
Language(s): Persian


According to the existing catalogues, the copies of this work are rare.

Incipit: بسمله، که عالم شهادت تا در مظهر سر کنت کنزا مخفیا جلوه کند و آدمیان را موجود گردانید… آن عالی مقداری که فراغت و رفاهیت ساکنان این ولایت… برعایت عدل و احسان اوست… باعث بر تالیفاین مجموعه مملو از فواید آنک این فقیر حقیر دعاگوی اکثر اوقات بدعای خیر و جاندرازی حضرت مخدومی مواظبت می‌نمود… آن حضرتچندان انعامات و کرامات نسبت باین فقیر حقیر مخلص علی بن مولانا حسین ابن موسی المشتهر الواعض [واعظ] فرمودند که شمه‌ای از شمایم آن در حیز کتابت نمی‌گنجد خیال این شد که در مقابلهٔ انعامات و الطافات آن حضرت… این مختصر را که مشحونست از مواعظ و نصایح… نوشته شد آن را انیس‌العارفین نام نهاده شد مشتمل بر سی‌ودو باب…
Explicit: باب در آخر کتاب،… جاندرازی صاحب کتاب / ای ز عدلت جهان گرفته قرار…ملک دنیا ازو قرار گرفت / ملک عقباش همه مقرر باد… و عترته الطاهرین.
Colophon: … فقد تمته النسخته الشریفیه… فی غره شهر جمادی الآخر سنه ۱۰۶۳… کتب العبد الضعیف… حسین خاکسار و چاکر دولت‌سرای حضرت محمد و علی و ایمهٔ معصومین… و علیهم اجمعین. تمت الکتاب بعون الملک الوهاب.

As reported by Aḥmad Munzavī (in فهرست نسخه‌های خطی فارسی ) and Āqā Buzurg Tihrānī (in الذریعه ), only two copies of this work had already been seen: one in the Library of Muḥammad ʿAlī Najafī in Najaf, and the other in Dār al-Kutub in Cairo. The copy of the Library of Ayatollah Ha'iri (Library of Faydiyya Seminary) in Qum was found after their report.


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 99

Similar copies in other libraries:

  • LAH, 2/14

Similar manuscripts listed in other catalogues:

  • ALZ, 2/462
  • FAM, 2/1055
  • DEN, 2/278

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Oriental paper, natural buff, varying thickness (thick and regular), one size. Many brittle folios, torn ending foilios; edge mending of ending folios.
Extent: 172+2 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 23 × 18 cm.
Dimensions (written): 16 × 11.5 cm.


15 lines per page.


Cursive Nastiʿalīq (body text), one hand, fairly large.

Additions: Stamp on f. 172a: خاک ره محمد ملائک… . Oval stamp wiped out on f. 172a. On end paper 1: hadith, interspersed Persian couplets, quotations from the Imams. On f. 172a: Persian poetry, the book's price.


Simple cardboard with leather spine, 19 × 24 cm, front + back cover.


Origin: Unknown place of origin; Jumada al-Thani 1063 AH; May 1653 CE

Provenance and Acquisition

Donated to The Ferdowsi Library by Dr Caro Minasian in 1972.

Record Sources

This record was created by Dr Mohammad Emami based on the information published in the Persian catalogue by Dr Ali Mir-Ansari (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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