Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 566 (The Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts Minasian Collection

Collection 82

A collection of two works

Physical Description

Extent: 82 ff.


Black leather, 14×26 cm, front + back cover, single layer of leather only

Two corner-pieces, Simple tooling (medallion + two half-medallions); decorated edges


Damage to the cover's spine; cover detached from the copy; head band and stitching in disarray


Provenance and Acquisition

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

1) Persian Catalogue Sequence Number 773


Summary of Contents: A treatise on Kalām (Islamic Scholastic Theology) with an unknown title.
ff. 1a-75b
Language(s): Arabic

Kalām (Islamic Scholastic Theology)

Author: Unknown
Title: [Kalām]
Title: [کلام]
Incipit: || … اولا و الاول واجب ان استحق بترکه ذم و الا فمنذوب و الثانی مکروه ان استحق بترکه مدح و الا فمباح و هما عقلیان اختلفوا …
Explicit: … او قبیح لانه اما ان یتعلق بفعله ذم اولا و الثانی الحسن و الاول القبیح و یسمی حراما و الحسن اربعه اربعه اقسام … ||


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 773

Physical Description

Support: Oriental paper, buff, varying thickness (thin and regular), glossy; red line above some expressions.
Dimensions (leaf): 25 × 13 cm.
Dimensions (written): 16 × 6 cm.


ff. 1a-75b


27 lines per page


Naskh, three hands, regular


Origin: Unknown place of origin; 12th century AH; 18th century CE

2) Persian Catalogue Sequence Number 919


Summary of Contents: This work, which is authored in 1063 AH, is a brief treatise on the weights and measures in relation to the religious issues. The author has composed it in several introductions and chapters using his father's book, Rawz̤at al-Muttaqīn of Muḥammad Taqī Majlisī.
ff. 76a-82a
Language(s): Arabic

Islamic jurisprudence

Incipit: بسمله، حمدله،… فیقول الفقیر الی رحمة ربه الغافر ابن ابن محمد تقی محمد باقر انی لما القیت کثیرا من المهمات المسائل الشرعیه …
Explicit: … الدراهم سبعة من هذه الدراهم والله اعلم و لیکن هذا اخرنا اوردنا ایراده فی هذه الرسالة والحمد لله… الحکمة و الشرف و النباله.
Colophon: قد تم فی شهر ربیع الاخر سنه ۱۲۲۸.


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 919

Similar Copies in Other Libraries:

  • MNL 18/322
  • NLI 12/527
  • UTL 16/153

Similar Copies listed in Other Catalogues:

  • ARP 940
  • DEN 2/302

Printed editions:

  • Tehran, 1310 AH/1892

Physical Description

Support: Western paper (watermark), plain and dark buff, regular thickness, glossy.
Dimensions (leaf): 25 × 13 cm.
Dimensions (written): 13 × 8 cm.


ff. 76a-82a


15 lines per page


Cursive Nastaʿalīq, one hand, regular Arūmī, Aḥmad ibn Muḥammad ارومی، احمد بن محمد Titles unwritten


Rubricated titles.

Additions: Oval stamp: عبده احمد . Rectangular stamp: بای من بعد اسمه احمد .


Origin: Unknown place of origin; 1228 AH; 1813 CE

Additional Information

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).


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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)
  • MNL: (Mar'ashi Najafi Library)
  • NLI: (National Library of Iran)
  • UTL: (Central Library of University of Tehran)


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