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); rubricated titles; rubricated line above some expressions; infestation of 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.


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 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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