Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 285 (The Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts Minasian Collection


Summary of Contents: The genealogy of the children and companions of Shiʿī Imams (PBUT) is listed in this work. The attribution of the work to Abī Mukhannaf is questioned and argued. At the preface to the book, it is quoted from Abī Mukhannaf that "it is Baḥr al-Ansāb for Imams and their children". He says the book was written by Imām Jaʿfar Ṣādiq PBUH, with some text written by Imām Ḥasan ʿAskarī PBUH. It was kept in Al-Aqsa Mosque for some time before it was brought to Persia from Al-Aqsa Mosque by Sayid Abū Ṭāhir ibn jaʿfar ibn ʿUmrān ibn Mūsá ibn Imām Muḥammad Taqī PBUH in the year three hundred and fifty [AH]. It was then translated into Persian by Sayid Murtiz̤á Aʿlam al-hudá later.
Language(s): Persian


Incipit: بسمله، حمدله،… مصنف این کتاب ابو مخنف بن لوط بن یحیی خزاعی علیه الرحمه این کتاب را بحر الانساب نام کرده‌اند و کاتب این کتاب حضرت امام جعفر صادق… است که بدست مبارک خود نوشته بود و بعضی بخط حضرت امام حسن عسکری علیه السلام بود… و این کتاب شریف…
Explicit: … و اگر کسی خواسته باشد که از مذاهب صوفیه نیز اطلاع بهمرساند بهمان کتاب شریفه رجوع نماید. بالله التوفیق امید چنانست که خداوند تعالی ما را… والسلام علی من التبع من الهدی.
Colophon: تمت الکتاب… علی ید علی ابن سهراب سامانی من محل … اصفهان بتاریخ چهارم شهر شعبان المعظم من شهور ۱۲۷۵ حسب الخواهش جناب قبله‌گاهی آخوند ملامحمد علی جعفر… حاج ملامهدی… بخط مخصوص قلمی شد امید که… بطلب دعای مغفرت باو شاد نمایند سنه هزار دویست و هفتاد و پنج من هجرت نبوی ص ۱۲۷۵.


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 104

Similar copies in other libraries:

  • MAJ, 28/65
  • MAL, 2/49
  • UTA, 3/41-43
  • UTL, 16/101

Similar manuscripts listed in other catalogues:

  • ALZ, 3/164
  • FAM, 6/4417
  • FAP, 1/689
  • DEN, 2/413

Printed editions:

  • Tehran, 1286 AH
  • Mumbai, 1302, 1316, 1335 AH

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Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Western paper (watermark), natural buff, regular thickness, one size, glossy.
Extent: 39 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 22 × 17 cm.
Dimensions (written): 14 × 9 cm.


21 lines per page.


Shikastah Nastʿalīq, regular, one hand; annotated; titles unwritten. Sāmanī, ʿAlī ibn Suhrāb سامانی، علی ابن سهراب Copy ordered by Akhūnd Mullā Muḥammad Jaʿfar.


Maroon leather, 18 × 23 cm, front + back cover, single layer of leather only.


Edges of first folios mended.


Origin: Iṣfahan; 4 Shaʿban 1275 AH; 1858 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; UTA: Library of Literature Faculty, University of Tehran; 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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