Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 366 (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: || … بر کفش از عقل نهاده چراغ / داده ز هر شمع و چراغش فراغ (about 100 initial couplets are missing)
Explicit: … نقطه‌هایش نه به قانون حساب / خارج از دایره صدق و صواب ||


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 157

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: Western paper (plain), natural buff, thin, one size, glossy; quadruple ruling (gilt, azure, black and green); gilt, azure, and cinnabar titles.
Extent: 114 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 18.5 × 11.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 13 × 7.5 cm.


Edge mending and rebinding of initial, medial, and final folios


14 lines in two columns per page, ruled


Graceful Nastaʿalīq, one hand, regular

Additions: Oval stamp on f.1a: شعاع .


Black leather, 12.5×19.5 cm, front + back cover, single layer of leather only; no pasteboard


Origin: Unknown place of origin; 13th century AH; 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.

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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