Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 556 (The Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts Minasian Collection


Language(s): Arabic


This treatise contains a course of the ancient science of mathematics, organized in an introduction and ten chapters as follows:

Introduction: در تعریف علم حساب

Chapter 1: حساب صحاح از جمع و تفریق و ضرب و تقسیم

Chapter 2: در حساب کسور

Chapter 3: در استخراج مجهولات باربعه متناسبه

Chapter 4: در استخراج مجهولات بحساب خطئین

Chapter 5: در استخراج مجهول بعمل عکس

Chapter 6: در مساحت

Chapter 7: در آنچه از توابع مساحات است

Chapter 8: در استخراج مجهولات بطریق جبر و مقابله

Chapter 9: در قواعدی که برای محاسب لازم است

Chapter 10: در مسايل متفرقه.

Additionally, each chapter has several parts. In this book, Bahāʾī has discussed experimental problems as well as complex and unsolvable mathematical problems. Many commentary works have been written on this work.

Incipit: بسمله، نحمدک یا من لا یحیط بجمیع نعمه عدد… و بعد فان الفقیر الی الله الغنی بهاءالدین محمد بن حسین العاملی… یقول اعلم ان الحساب لا تخفی علو شانه…
Explicit: … السابع مجزوز اذا ازید علیه جذره درهمان او نقص منه جذره و درهمان کان المجتمع… عن الکثر اهل الزمان فاحفظ وصیّتی الیک والله حفیظ الیک.


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 357

Similar copies in other libraries:

  • NLI, 11/9
  • MAL, 6/237
  • SEP, 4/381
  • UTL, 4/883
  • GIE, 1/98-99

Similar manuscripts listed in other catalogues:

  • COM, 1/195-201
  • ALZ, 7/224
  • ARP, 334
  • DEN, 4/933-934

Printed editions:

  • Tehran, 1318 AH/1900

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Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Western paper (watermark), natural buff, regular thickness, one size.
Extent: 1+75 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 23.5 × 14 cm.
Dimensions (written): 11 × 6 cm.


Page edges rebound.


6 lines per page.


Graceful Naskh, one hand, relatively large. شریعتمدار، محمد Sharīʿatmadār, Muḥammad


Titles and mathematical tables rubricated.

Additions: Arabic-Persian glossary Note on mathematical topics; chronogram; a note on the purchase of the book: بعت هذا الکتاب باحدی عشر عبّاسی. . حرکت از اصفهان الی ولایت بیستم جمادی الاولی سنه ۱۲۴۷. محمد شریعتمدار محمد شریعتمدار


Black leather, 15 × 24 cm, front + back cover, single layer of leather only.

Simple tooling (medallion + 2 half-medallion on front and back covers.



Origin: Unknown place of origin; 19th century AH; 13th century 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; 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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