Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 571 (The Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts Minasian Collection


Summary of Contents: A treatise on Manṭiq and Kalām in Arabic. Taftāzānī completed its writing in Rajab 789. The original title, according to its introduction, has been غایة تهذیب الکلام فی تحریر المنطق و الکلام . Tahẕīb al-Manṭiq wa-al-Kalām is nearly a complete and brief course of Islamic logic and scholastic theology, a textbook whose prose style shows Taftāzānī's literary skills and his competency in delivering educational content. Taftāzānī has tried to make this work attractive while writing it in a simple and concise style. In his introduction, he states he has written the treatise to educate, inform, and guide the knowledge seekers, his son in particular. Tahẕīb al-Manṭiq wa-al-Kalām includes two parts: Manṭiq, known as Tahẕīb al-Manṭiq, and Kalām, known as Tahẕīb al-Kalām, which have also been used independently. Tahẕīb al-Manṭiq includes an introduction, two 'destinations' (sections) in 14 chapters, and a conclusion. Tahẕīb al-Kalām is in fact an abridged version of Taftāzānī's other work, المقاصد فی علم الکلام , which includes discussions on General Matters and Theology, in a vein appealing to the scholastic system of the followers of Sunnah.
ff. 163b-176b
Language(s): Arabic


Incipit: الحمدلله الذی هدانا سواء الطریق و جعل لنا التوفیق خبر رفیق و الصلوة علی من ارسله هدی هو بالاهتداء حقیق و نورا به الاقتداء یلیق و علی آله و اصحابه… و بعد فهذا غایة تهذیب الکلام فی تحریر المنطق و الکلام و تقریب المرام و تقریر عقائد الاسلام…
Explicit: والتحدید ای فعل الحد والبرهان ای طریق الی الوقوف علی الحق والعمل به و هذا بالمقاصد اشبه.
Colophon: تمت الکتاب تحریرا فی تاریخ خمسه عشر شهر رمضان المبارک… سمت تحریر یافت سنه ۱۰۴۹ کتبه الفقیر حجة‌الله الحسینی، تم تم تم تم تم تم. مرکب بد و خاطر افکار بود / نوشتن خط خوب دشوار بود. الکاتب، حجه الله سنه ۱۰۴۹.


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 571

Similar Copies in Other Libraries:

  • GIE 2/57
  • MAL 4/793
  • MNL 2/162
  • NLI 18/23

Similar Copies listed in Other Catalogues:

  • ARP 230
  • DEN 3/473

Printed editions:

  • Tehran, 1361 Shamsī/1982

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Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Oriental paper, natural buff, regular thickness, one size, glossy; rubricated titles.
Extent: 28 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 17 × 10 cm.
Dimensions (written): 10 × 4 cm.


6 lines per page


Calligraphic Nastaʿalīq, regular, one hand; annotated (Nastaʿalīq and Shikastah Nastaʿalīq) marginalia. حسینی، حجه الله Ḥusaynī, Ḥujjat Allāh

Additions: Notes on f.28b: Logical comments and tables.


No binding.


Origin: Unknown place of origin; 1049 AH; 1639 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.


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Funding of Cataloguing

Wadham College (University of Oxford)

Key to Abbreviations

  • ARP: (فهرست کتاب‌های چاپی عربی)
  • DEN: (فهرستواره دست‌نوشته‌های ایران - دنا)
  • FAW: (Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford - Minasian Collection)
  • GIE: (Great Islamic Encyclopedia Library, Manuscripts)
  • MAL: (Malek National Museum and Library)
  • MNL: (Mar'ashi Najafi Library)
  • NLI: (National Library of Iran)


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