Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 690 (The Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts Minasian Collection


Language(s): Arabic


Title: Balāghat
Title: بلاغت
Author: Unknown author.

A short treatise on the subject of eloquence which is mainly presented with Arabic literature in mind. The first and final folios are missing, and so the title and author are unknown.

Incipit: || … نحو الا یا اسجدوا و الثالث ما اضمر عامله فی شریطه التفسیر و هو کل اسم …
Explicit: … فیرد ما حذف و المفتوح ما قبلها یقلب الفادة. تمت الکتاب.


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 109

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Oriental paper, natural buff, thick; rubricated titles.
Extent: 68 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 21 × 13.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 11.5 × 8 cm.


5 lines per page.


Naskh, one hand, relatively large.

Additions: Commentary marginalia, ownership comment. Illegible oval stamp.


Honey-coloured leather, 14 × 22 cm, front + back cover, leather + pasteboard, reddish brown leather doublure.

Triangular overhang; back cover without half-medallion.


Front and back cover detached from the copy; head band and stitching in disarray.


Origin: Unknown place of origin; 11th century AH; 17th 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.


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; 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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