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. ⟨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.


Rubricated titles; rubricated line above some expressions.


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 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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