Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 182 (The Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts Minasian Collection


Summary of Contents: This work is compiled in 40 chapters, the first twenty chapters being dedicated to the biographies of Prophet Adam up until the prophet of Islam, and the second twenty chapters dedicated to the biographies of Imam ʿAlī up to Imam Mahdī.
Language(s): Persian

History of Islam

Author: Unknown
Title: [Tārīkh-i Islām]
Title: [تاریخ اسلام]
Incipit: || … پیغمبر علیه‌السلام باب ششم در قصهٔ نوح پیغمبر و دو فصولست باب هفتم در قصهٔ هود…
Explicit: … برو عطارد کو خود میشناسد / که سرور کیست و سرگردان کدامست.
Colophon: تمت الکتاب… فی یوم الاثنان ۲۰ شهر ربیع‌الثانی فی سنه اثنی و ستین بعد الالف…


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 132

Physical Description

Support: Western paper (watermark), buff (plain, dark), one size, varying thickness (regular and thick), glossy.
Extent: 325 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 27.5 × 17.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 20.5 × 15.5 cm.


Edges rebound, some folio edges have borders.


22 lines per page.


Cursive Nastaʿalīq and Naskh, one hand, relatively large.


Rubricated titles; rubricated lines above names and Quranic verses.

Additions: Birth note. Versified note slip dated 1236. Birth note related to the year 1227; damaged. Another note dated 1283 ⟨Ownership stamp on f. 61b destroyed.⟩ Illegible, rectangular stamp. Oval stamp on f.61b: الخاطی الراجی محمد کاظم الحسینی ۱۲۲۴


Black leather, 18.5 × 28.5 cm, front + back cover, leather + pasteboard, , burnt.

Gold tooled; a medallion and two half-medallions.


Cover decoration destroyed; decorating gold tooled medallions destroyed; back bone mending by maroon leather.


Origin: Unknown place of origin; 1062 AH; 1652 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).


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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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