Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 245 (The Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts Minasian Collection


Summary of Contents: This is a story about the love affairs of Jahāndār Sulṭān, Mihrparvar, and Mihrbānū. The story is inspired by the narratives of Brahmans and ancient legends of India, completed by the author during his course of isolation in the monastery of Quṭb al-Dīn Bakhtiyār in Delhi in 1061 AH/1651. This book has been used as a textbook in the Indian subcontinent among other works such as Gulistān, Būstān, Iskandar'nāmah, and Yūsuf and Zulaykhā. Many commentaries and glossaries have been written on this work to date.
Language(s): Persian


Incipit: بسمله، دیباج پیرایه ده دیباچهٔ سخن حمد حکیمیست که ملک معنی را بوساطت تیغ ناطقه مسخر معشر بشر گردانیده و در خطهٔ خاک خطبهٔ خلافت را بنامش بلندآوازگی داد و تیغ زبان را با جوهر بیان آراسته …
Explicit: … سیه‌کاری مکن چون خامهٔ خویش / … چشم پرخون نامهٔ خویش / زبان را گوشمال خاموشی ده / که هست از … خاموشی به.
Colophon: تمت الکتاب… در یوم پنجشنبه نوزدهم شهر شوال‌المکرم سنه ۱۲۵۵ یا علی مدد صورت اتمام پذیرفت.


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 112

Similar copies in other libraries:

  • GIE, 1/36
  • MAJ, 26/387
  • MNL, 20/74

Similar manuscripts listed in other catalogues:

  • ALZ, 3/158
  • FAM, 5/3533
  • COM, 6/1007
  • FAP, 1/803
  • DEN, 2/543

Printed editions:

  • Printed repeatedly in India, the latest of which in 1911 in Lucknow.

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Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Western paper (watermark and plain), natural buff, varying thickness (thin, regular and thick), one size, glossy; rubricated titles; rubricated line above some terms and words.
Extent: 207 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 25 × 17.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 17 × 10.5 cm.



19 lines per page.


Shikastah-looking Nastʿalīq, one hand, regular. Anonymous


Black leather, 18 × 26 cm, front + back cover, leather + pasteboard.

Decorated, tooled edges.


Cover corners destroyed; head band and stitching in disarray.


Origin: Unknown place of origin; 19 Shavval 1255 AH; 1839 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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