Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 110 (The Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts Minasian Collection

Collection 13

A collection of five works on different subjects

Physical Description

Extent: 241 ff.

Condition

Initial folios have been rebound, but some folios are displaced.

Binding

Cardboard with leather back bone, marble design, 16*25 cm, front+back cover.

Condition

Cover's cardboard edges detached.

History

Provenance and Acquisition

Donated to The Ferdowsi Library by Dr Caro Minasian in 1972.

1) Persian Catalogue Sequence Number 851

Contents

Summary of Contents: A work in Persian in 53 chapters. Each chapter discusses a hadith from the prophet, and elaborates on it using some hadiths from his infallible family and successors. There are many bon mots and interesting anecdotes, proverbs, mottos, and preachings, written in good and fluent prose and poetry, using titles like 'Psalms', 'It is in the narrative that...', and 'They say...'.
ff. 1b-188a
Language(s): Persian

Hadith

Incipit: ||… پس در قیمت وی گفتگوی بسیار در میان آمد تا بر آن قرار گرفت که عزیز ویرا…
Explicit: … تخت بلقیس را دید در پیش خود گفته‌اند که عالم آصف برخیا بود خدایرا بدین نام بخواند که یا حی یا قیوم. تمت.
Colophon: صفت اتمام یافت و سمت اختتام پذیرفت کتاب مصابیح القلوب بر دست بندهٔ کمینه بی بضاعت… عبدالنبی قزوینی سنه سبعین بعد الالف.

References

Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 851

Similar Copies in Other Libraries:

  • MAJ 38/576
  • MNL 8/156
  • UTL 12/2869

Similar Copies listed in Other Catalogues:

  • ALZ 21/90
  • DEN 9/633

Printed editions:

  • Tehran, 1383 Shamsī/2004

Physical Description

Support: Western paper (watermark), Oriental paper, buff (plain, dark), varying thickness(regular, thick), glossy, one size. Rubricated titles. Rubricated line above some phrases.
Dimensions (leaf): 24.50 × 15.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 18.5 × 9.5 cm.

Collation

ff. 1b-188a

Layout

19 lines per page

Hand(s)

Cursive Nastaʿalīq, cursive Naskh, fairly large, two hands. Qazvīnī, ʿAbd al-Nabī قزوینی، عبدالنبی

Additions: Rectangular stamp: یا هادی المضلین ۱۱۵۰ . Explanatory notes in marginalia.

History

Origin: Unknown place of origin; 1070 AH; 1660 CE

2) Persian Catalogue Sequence Number 894

Contents

Summary of Contents: There are about a hundred psalm-like couplets begining with the title of 'Munājāt-i Ahlī-i Shīrāzī'. Other copies of this work of praise can be found in National Library of Iran and Majlis Library.
ff. 188b-189a
Language(s): Persian

Poetry

Title: Munājāt-i Ahlī-i Shīrāzī
Title: مناجات اهلی شیرازی
Incipit: خدایا توی آگه از احوال من / عیانست پیش تو احوال من…
Explicit: … ای شمس دین درویش شو اشکسته دلریش شو / در فکر کار خویش شو برخیز صبحدم.

References

Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 894

Similar Copies in Other Libraries:

  • MAJ 27/179
  • NLI 5/9899

Physical Description

Support: Western paper (plain), plain buff, regular, one size. Rubricated titles. Rubricated line above some phrases.
Dimensions (leaf): 24.50 × 15.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 17.5 × 9.5 cm.

Collation

ff. 188b-189a

Layout

18 lines per page

Hand(s)

Cursive Nastaʿalīq, regular, one hand Qazvīnī, ʿAbd al-Nabī قزوینی، عبدالنبی

History

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

3) Persian Catalogue Sequence Number 782

Contents

Summary of Contents: This is a brief treatise in Persian on religious ethics and customs. It includes 10 chapters and a conclusion, each chapter being divided into 10 sections itself, except for chapters 8 and 9 which have 30 sections each. Their titles are as follows: the ten things which bring protection, the ten things which create happiness, the ten things which make you age, the ten things which add to your life, the ten things which create sorrow, the ten things which bring you sublimity and reverence, the ten things which make you healthy.
ff. 189b-191a
Language(s): Persian

Islamic ethics

Author: Garūsī, ʿĪsá گروسی، عیسی
Title: Kunūz al-rumūz
Title: کنوز الرموز
Incipit: بسمله، حمدله، اما بعد بدانکه این رساله مشتمل است بر ده فصل که علماء و حکما نوشته‌اند و مسمّی شده است بکنوز الرموز…
Explicit: … در پیش بزرگتر خود راه رفتن… ||

References

Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 782

Similar Copies in Other Libraries:

  • MAJ 6/196
  • MNL 2/297
  • NLI 6/107

Similar Copies listed in Other Catalogues:

  • ALZ 18/172
  • DEN 2/524

Physical Description

Support: Western paper (watermark), Oriental paper, buff (plain, dark), varying thickness(regular, thick), glossy, one size. Rubricated titles. Rubricated line above some phrases.
Dimensions (leaf): 24.50 × 15.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 18.5 × 10 cm.

Collation

ff. 189b-191a

Layout

19 lines per page

Hand(s)

Cursive Naskh, fairly large, one hand. Anonymous

History

Origin: Unknown place of origin; 11th century AH; 17th century CE

4) Persian Catalogue Sequence Number 93

Contents

Summary of Contents: The author is very fond of the prophet's family, and says: as the enjoyment of peace in both worlds depends on the service to the prophet's family, I decided to prepare this treatise on biographies of each and every of the twelve Imāms such that they are introduced sufficiently. As a result, this treatise was created in twelve parts (each part containing an Imām's biography), each part including 24 chapters, as follows: chapter one, on Name; chapter two, on Laqab; chapter three, on Kunyah; chapter four, On Father's Name; chapter five, On Mother's Name; chapter six, Day of Birth; chapter seven, Month of Birth, chapter eight, Year of Birth; chapter nine, Place of Birth; chapter ten, Name of the Ruler at the Time of his Birth; chapter 11, On Virtues and Dignities; chapter 12, On Children; chapter 13, On Predecessors; chapter 14, On Jewel Design, chapter 15, On the Successor's Name, chapter 16, On the Length of Life; chapter 17, On Cause of Decease; chapter 18, Day of Decease; chapter 19, Month of Decease; chapter 20, Year of Decease; chapter 21, Name of the Ruler at the Time of his Decease; chapter 22, Place of Decease; chapter 23, Place of the Grave; chapter 24, Pilgrimage Reward. Additionally, there is a prayer at the end. The author has widely made use of Allāmah Ḥillī's works.
ff. 191a-220b
Language(s): Persian

Biography

Title: Ansāb al-aʾimmat al-zakīyah
Title: انساب الائمة الزکیه
Author: Ḥijāzī, Amān Allāh (13th century Qamarī/19th century حجازی، امان‌الله (۱۳ق/۱۹م)
Incipit: بسمله، نیکوترین کلامی که نکته‌دانان معانی بقلم مشکین زبان بر صفحهٔ بیان نگارند و بهترین حدیثی که سخن‌پردازان در لوح ضمیر محفوظ دارند… و بعد بر ضمایر باهره ارباب سعادت و اقبال…
Explicit: … داریم چو سلیمی آشفته‌حال دست / در دامن لوای تو یا صاحب الزمان.

References

Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 93

Similar Copies in Other Libraries:

  • NLI 3/349

Similar Copies listed in Other Catalogues:

  • DEN 2/191

Physical Description

Support: Western and Oriental paper, varying thickness(thin, regular, thick), glossy. Rubricated titles. Initial folios are edge-mended and rebound.
Dimensions (leaf): 24.50 × 15.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 22 × 5 cm.

Collation

ff. 191a-220b

Layout

19 lines per page

Hand(s)

Cursive Nastaʿalīq, large, one hand. Qazvīnī, ʿAbd al-Nabī قزوینی، عبدالنبی

History

Origin: Unknown place of origin; 1070 AH; 1659 CE

5) Persian Catalogue Sequence Number 332

Contents

The story of the Seven Sleepers of Ephesus

ff. 222a-241a
Language(s): Persian

Fiction

Author: Unknown.
Title: [The story of Decius and the Seven Sleepers of Ephesus]
Title: [حکایت دقیانوس و اصحاب کهف]
Incipit: حکایت دقیانوس و اصحاب کهف و آنچه بر ایشان گذشته. راویان اخبار و ناقلان آثار و گذارندگان اسرار چنین روایت کرده‌اند که در روزگار سابق جوانی بود از بنی اسرائیل…
Explicit: … که قوله تعالی سیقولون خمسه سادسهم کلبهم رجما بالغیب و یقولون سبعه و ثامنهم و کلبهم قل ربی اعلم بعدتهم الا قلیل.
Colophon: تمت هذه الحکایت العظیم… فی تاریخ خامس عشرین شهر جمیدی الثانی سنه ۱۰۷۰.

References

Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 332

Physical Description

Support: Western paper (plain), buff, regular, glossy, one size. Rubricated titles.
Dimensions (leaf): 24.50 × 15.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 17 × 9.5 cm.

Collation

ff. 222a-241b

Layout

18 lines per page

Hand(s)

Cursive Nastaʿalīq, regular, one hand. Qazvīnī, ʿAbd al-Nabī قزوینی، عبدالنبی

Additions: A note on purchase of the book by the owner of the stamp of f. 241b, from the year 1256 Qamarī. Oval stamp of ownership: عبده محمد مهدی الحسینی .

History

Origin: Unknown place of origin; 25 Jumādī al-S̱ānī 1070 AH; 7 March 1660 CE

Additional Information

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.

Availability

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Key to Abbreviations

  • ALZ: (الذریعه)
  • DEN: (فهرستواره دست‌نوشته‌های ایران - دنا)
  • FAW: (Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford - Minasian Collection)
  • MAJ: (Library, Museum and Documentation Center of the Islamic Consultative Assembly)
  • MNL: (Mar'ashi Najafi Library)
  • NLI: (National Library of Iran)
  • UTL: (Central Library of University of Tehran)

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