Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 532 (The Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts Minasian Collection


Summary of Contents: This is a work on the history of Islam, Shiite Imams, and the reigns of Umayyad and Abbasid dynasties, which begins before ذکر امام چهارم، علی بن حسین (which is about Imam Husayn ibn Ali), and continues up to ذکر خلافت المستنجد بالله .
Language(s): Persian

History of Islam

Author: Unknown
Title: [Tārīkh-i Islām]
Title: [تاریخ اسلام]
Incipit: || … سلمان فارسی گوید که رسول الله صلی الله علیه و آله فرمودند الحسن و الحسین… دو پسر من‌اند هر که ایشان را دوست بدارد من را دوست داشته باشد و هر که من را دوست داشته باشد خدا را دوست داشته باشد…
Explicit: … نظر تمام بترفیه حال رعایا داشت مجموع بدعتها را برانداخت و ساعی و نمام را گوشمال بواجبی داد نوبتی بمجلس یکی از غمازان فرمان داد و آنشخص مدتی دیرباز در زندان بماند… ||


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 135

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Western paper (watermark), natural buff, varying thickness (thin and regular), one size, glossy; folios corroded; edge mending of initial and final folios.
Extent: 193 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 28 × 19.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 20 × 13 cm.


22 lines per page.


Calligraphic cursive Nastaʿaliq, regular, one hand.


Rubricated titles.

Additions: Oval stamp on f.193a; illegible.


Black leather, 20.5 × 29 cm, front + back cover, leather + pasteboard, maroon leather doublure.

Simple ruling on cover and doublure (medallion + half medallion + corner-pieces).


Damages to decoration; cover detached from the copy; back bone mending by leather.


Origin: Unknown place of origin; 12th century AH; 18th 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).


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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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