Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 288 (The Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts Minasian Collection


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 AH/1481.
Language(s): Persian


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: … مهر نه خاتمهٔ این خطاب / شد رقم خاتم تم الکتاب


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 156

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, natural buff, regular thickness, one size, glossy; rubricated titles, some folio edges torn.
Extent: 85 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 18 × 11 cm.
Dimensions (written): 11 × 6 cm.


Edge mending and rebinding of initial, medial, and final folios; initial folios are newly written.


12 lines in two columns per page


Calligraphic cursive Nastaʿalīq, one hand, regular

Additions: Rectangular stamp on f.85b: … علی … .


Bright brown leather, 12×19 cm, front + back cover, single layer of leather only


Cover detached from the copy


Origin: Unknown place of origin; 12-13th century AH; 18-19th century 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.


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)
  • 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)
  • NLI: (National Library of Iran)


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