Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 768 (The Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts Minasian Collection


Summary of Contents: This work describes the incidents of the Prophet's life in a versified form (Masnavi). It begins with آمدن اسعد بن زواره و ذکوان بن عبد قیس بجهت ادای عمره و اسلام ایشان بر رسول خدا (ص) and ends with دعوت نمودن رسول عرب مردمرا در ذیحجه و معامله اهل شعب .
Language(s): Persian

History of Islam

Author: Unknown
Title: [Tārīkh-i Islām]
Title: [تاریخ اسلام]
Incipit: || … به پیمان هر چه خاهی بمان / میندیش از فتنهٔ مردمان…
Explicit: … برای رسالت ز اهل زمین / مرا برگزید است دیان دین ||


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 138

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Western paper (watermark), natural buff, regular, one size, glossy; rubricated titles, rubricated line above some expressions. ⟨Water damage on some folios.⟩
Extent: 139 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 30 × 21 cm.
Dimensions (written): 23 × 13.5 cm.


23 lines per page, in four columns.


Graceful naskh, regular, one hand.


Maroon leather, 22 × 31 cm, leather + pasteboard.

Tooled, ruled edges.


Cover is not original and is appended later, and is now detached from the copy; head band and stitching in disarray.


Origin: Unknown place of origin; 13th century AH; 19th 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.


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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