Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 764 (The Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts Minasian Collection


A collection of 2 books.

ff. 1a-57a
Language(s): Arabic


In this work, under the impression of the number seven having sacred properties, seven sessions are prepared under the names of the seven days of the week. In each session, the author writes some content related to the day, including some ethical narratives and hadiths, and historical stories about prophets. At the beginning of each session, there are a Quranic verse and a hadith appropriate for the day on which a discussion is presented, followed by a narrative having the number seven mentioned somewhere as well as some supplementary ethical preachments and customs.

Incipit: ||… و الکوفه و الرابع العراق و الشام و الخراسان الی بلخ و الخامس الروم و ارمنیه…
Explicit: … ثم قال الله تعالی لجبرئیل قل لمحمد هل ترید منی الدیه فقال الرسول نعم الدیه تکون امتی والله اعلم تمت الرساله بعون الله تعالی.


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 464

Similar copies in other libraries:

  • MAJ, 24/121
  • MNL, 14/168
  • MAL, 5/243

Similar manuscripts listed in other catalogues:

  • KAS, 2/20
  • DEN, 6/37

Printed editions:

  • Cairo, 1429 AH/2008

On the Web:

ff. 57b-114b
Language(s): Arabic


The author says that the work is a collection of whimsical hadiths, delicate points and references, and playful narratives, which are taken from various works such as Kutub al-tāj, and put together in a number of sessions.

Incipit: بسمله، حمدله، صلواه، قال الشیخ الامام المصنف زینه الائمه زین الواعظین… سلیمان بن داوود النسفی… اودعت فی هذا جملا و جوامعا من صناعه المذکرین مشتملا علی وعد الله و اوردت فیه من الاحادیث الغریبه و النکاة اللطیفه و الاشارة الظریفه… و سمیته کتاب بهجه الانوار من خفیات الاسرار استنبطه من اخرجت کتب الکثیره مثل کتاب التاج و اللطایف و المواید… و اخذت من النکاه ظرایفها و من الاشاراه طرایفها و کل لفظ استحسنه بالفارسیه کتبته کذالک تبرکا بالفاظ المشایخ الکبار… مجلس فی قوله تع و لقد خلقنا الانسان…
Explicit: … یعرفون اهل الجنه یوم القیمه قال النبی… بآثار و ضوئهم لانه علی ای موضع بلغ ما ماء الوضوء ففی یوم القیمه ضوء مثل القیمه لیله البدر.

According to available catalogues, the copies of this work are very limited in number.


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 113

Similar copies in other libraries:

  • UTL, 16/369

Similar manuscripts listed in other catalogues:

  • ALZ, 3/160
  • DEN, 2/548

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Western paper (plain), dark buff, thick, one size; rubricated titles. Western paper (watermark), dark buff, thick, one size; rubricated titles.
Extent: 114 ff. 21 × 14 cm. 16 × 10 cm. 21 × 14 cm. 16 × 10 cm.


ff. 1a-57a ff. 57b-114b


Water damage on some folios; book mending at some folio edges.


20 lines per page.

ff. 1a-57a

20 lines per page.

ff. 57b-114b


Naskh, one hand, regular. Cursive Naskh, one hand, regular. Anonymous.

Additions: Note on end paper 2; dispersed hadiths. Contains marginalia.


Green leather, 15 × 22 cm, front + back cover, leather + pasteboard.


The cover is newly built.


Origin: Unknown place of origin 11-12th century AH 17-18th 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.


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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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