Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 685 (The Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts Minasian Collection


Summary of Contents: This is a work on the history of Shiʿa, with a focus on the lives of Shiite Imams.
Language(s): Persian

History of Islam

Author: Unknown
Title: [Tārīkh-i Islām]
Title: [تاریخ اسلام]
Incipit: || … و به پرسند که آیا کسی آیهٔ تحریم خمر را باین مرد خوانده یا نه اگر دو کس شهادت دهد…
Explicit: … در غیر موسم گل و چون گردیدم و بوییدم و نظر کردم آنشخص را ندیدم و چه بسیار است معجزه دربارهٔ حضرت.
Colophon: اقل طلبه ابن… الحرمین الشریفین حاجی سلطان محمد میبدی علیرضا سنه ۱۰۲۶.


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 136

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Western paper (watermark), natural buff, varying thickness (thick and regular); infestation on some folio edges.
Extent: 78 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 20 × 14 cm.
Dimensions (written): 14.5 × 9 cm.


22 lines per page.


Graceful Naskh, regular, one hand.


Rubricated titles; rubricated lines above some expressions.


Black leather, 15 × 21 cm, front + back cover, single layer of leather only.

Tooled, ruled edges.


Damages to decoration; infestation of cover edges; cover detached from the copy.


Origin: Unknown place of origin; 1026 AH; 1617 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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