Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 307 (The Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts Minasian Collection


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.
Language(s): Persian


Incipit: || …نظرانرا بآن کاری و نه کامل خردانرا از آن اعتباری چون مقالات مستان همه بیهوده…
Explicit: … ختم الله لنا بالحسنی / همو مولانا نعم المولا
Colophon: تم الکتاب… فی عشر الاواخر من رمضان المبارک سنه خمس و الف…


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 AH/1895

Physical Description

Support: Western paper (watermark), natural buff, varying thickness (regular, thick), one size, glossy.
Extent: 61 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 20.5 × 13 cm.
Dimensions (written): 15 × 8 cm.


Oil damage


14 lines in two columns per page


Cursive Nastaʿalīq, one hand, regular


Rubricated titles and signs.

Additions: Oval stamp: عبده… الحسینی


Maroon leather, 14×21 cm, front + back cover, leather + pasteboard

Ruled, tooled edges


Head band and stitching in disarray


Origin: Unknown place of origin; 1050 AH; 1640 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).


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.ukfor further information on the availability of this manuscript.

Funding of Cataloguing

Wadham College (University of Oxford)

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)
  • UTL: (Central Library of University of Tehran)


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