Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 470 (The Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts Minasian Collection


Summary of Contents: This is the most known and comprehensive work of Majlisī, comprised of a wide range of Shiʿī hadiths compiled by the author over a period of 36 years. It is also called "The Great Encyclopedia of Shiʿī Hadith". The current copy contains part 18 of the work, including Kitāb al-Ṭahārah and Kitāb al-Ṣalāh.
Language(s): Arabic


Incipit: بسمله، حمدله،… امّا بعد فیقول الخاطی… محمد بن محمد تقی المدعو بباقر… هذا هو الجزو الثامن عشر من کتاب بحارالانوار و هو یشتمل علی کتابین کتاب الطهاره و کتاب الصلوه و قد عد لنا من رموز الکتب الی… کتاب الطهاره ابواب المیاه و احکامها…
Explicit: … و اکتبا ما تعملان له اعلام‌الدین للدیلمی عن الزهری عن انس قال رسول‌الله ص ما من بیت الّا و ملک… هجره النبویه ص.
Colophon: بخط الاحقر ابن محمد سیف‌الدین لاری غفرالله ذنوبهم… اجمعین سنه ۱۲۱۷.


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 103

Similar Copies in Other Libraries:

  • MNL, 1/340
  • UTL, 5/1159
  • MAJ, 38/193

Similar Copies listed in Other Catalogues:

  • DEN, 2/376

Printed editions:

  • This work has repeatedly been printed in Iran and Arab countries such as Lebonan and Iraq.

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Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Western paper (watermark), natural buff, various thickness (thin, regualr, and thick), glossy; rubricated titles.
Extent: 332 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 21.5 × 15 cm.
Dimensions (written): 16 × 10.5 cm.


Some folio edges are corroded by paper infestation; some folio edges have been cut, affecting the main body of the text.


20 lines per page.


Graceful Naskh, relatively large, one hand. لاری، سیف‌الدین بن محمد Lārī, Sayf al-Dīn ibn Muḥammad


Green leather, 16 × 22.5 cm, front + back cover, leather + pasteboard.


Cover is newer than the copy itself.


Origin: Unknown place of origin; 1217 AH; 1802 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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