Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 76 (The Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts Minasian Collection

Collection 7

A collection of two works

Physical Description

Extent: 131 ff.

Binding

No cover.

Condition

Head band and stitching in disarray.

History

Provenance and Acquisition

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

1) Persian Catalogue Sequence Number 462

Contents

Summary of Contents: This is one of the masnavis of Haft Awrang of ʿAbd al-Raḥmān Jamī. It includes an introduction on monotheism, praise, and the cause of writing, followed by forty 'ʿAqd' (sections) comprised of ethical and mystical topics, narratives, and prayers in 2700 verses, and a conclusion.
ff. 1a-83a
Language(s): Persian

Poetry

Incipit: المنة لله که بخون گر خفتم / یکچند چو غنچه عاقبت بشکفتم
Explicit: … ختم الله لنا بالحسنی / همو مولانا نعم المولا
Colophon: و صلی الله علی النبی الامی الابطحی… الطاهرین. تمت. تم

References

Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 462

Similar Copies in Other Libraries:

  • MAJ 37/49
  • MNL 29/584
  • UTL 2/325

Similar Copies listed in Other Catalogues:

  • ALZ 12/126
  • DEN 6/28

Printed editions:

  • Tehran, 1313 Qamarī/1895

Physical Description

Support: Oriental paper, plain buff, regular thickness, one size, glossy; the incipit has a gilt frontispiece; single-line decorative frame.
Dimensions (leaf): 19.5 × 11 cm.
Dimensions (written): 15.5 × 5.5 cm.

Collation

ff. 1a-83a

Layout

19 lines in two columns per page

Hand(s)

Graceful Nastaʿalīq, one hand, regular

History

Origin: Unknown place of origin; 10-11th century AH; 16-17th century CE

2) Persian Catalogue Sequence Number 154

Contents

Summary of Contents: Tuḥfat al-aḥrār is one of the masnavis of Haft Awrang of ʿAbd al-Raḥmān Jamī. Its meter, similar to Makhzan al-Asrār of Niẓāmī, is "Muzāḥafāt-i baḥr-i sarīʿ" (Muftaʿilun Muftaʿilun Fāʿilun). It is put in verse in the same style as that book and Maṭlaʿ al-Anvār of Amīr Khusraw Dihlavī, in twenty articles. The topics are mainly ethical, mystical and educative, in the form of many anecdotes and narratives in every article. It has a preface in prose. In this masnavi, Jāmī has praised Khvājah Nāṣir al-Dīn ʿUbayd Allāh Aḥrār Naqshbandī, one of the main figures of the Naqshbandi sect. The number of couplets is recorded to be 1800. It has been composed in 886 Qamarī/1481.
ff. 83a-131b
Language(s): Persian

Poetry

Incipit: بسمله، حامدا لمن جعل جنان جنان کل عارف مخزن اسرار کماله و لسانه کل واصف مطلع انوار جماله گنجینهٔ اسرار کمالش مائیم / آیینهٔ انوار جمالش مائیم…
Incipit: بسم الله الرحمن الرحیم / هست صلای سر خوان کریم
Explicit: گاه زند بر رخ عم خال غم / گاه شود سیم ز دستش به ستم (only lacking the last four couplets) ||

References

Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 154

Similar Copies in Other Libraries:

  • GIE 1/46
  • MAJ 8/435
  • NLI 2/522

Similar Copies listed in Other Catalogues:

  • ALZ 19/135
  • COM 7/535-546
  • DEN 2/906
  • FAM 4/2706
  • FAP 1/1197

Printed editions:

  • Tehran, 1378 Shamsī/2000

Physical Description

Support: Oriental paper, plain buff, regular thickness, one size, glossy; both incipits have a separate frontispiece (gilt, azure, cinnabar), single-line decorative frame; rubricated titles.
Dimensions (leaf): 19.5 × 11.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 15.5 × 5.5 cm.

Collation

ff. 83a-131b

Condition

Water damage on some folios; edge mending of some folios

Layout

19 lines in two columns per page

Hand(s)

Graceful Nastaʿalīq, one hand, regular hand. Some couplets are removed on f.84a.

Additions: Illegible, oval stamp on f.131b. Rectangular stamp on f.131b: … علی … ۱۱۴ .

History

Origin: Unknown place of origin; 10-11th century AH; 16-17th century 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)
  • COM: (فهرست مشترک نسخه‌های خطی فارسی)
  • DEN: (فهرستواره دست‌نوشته‌های ایران - دنا)
  • FAM: (فهرست نسخه‌های خطی فارسی)
  • FAP: (فهرست کتاب‌های چاپی فارسی)
  • FAW: (Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford - Minasian Collection)
  • GIE: (Great Islamic Encyclopedia Library, Manuscripts)
  • 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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