Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 305 (The Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts Minasian Collection


Summary of Contents: This is a brief biographical history about the Prophet and the Shiite imams. The work has been composed in 1085 AH/1674 in an introduction, 14 chapters, and a conclusion. The author of this copy has had another work written as a commentary and transaltion of Nahj al-balāghah.
Language(s): Persian


Incipit: بسمله، حمدله، چنین گوید بندهٔ خاکسار گنه‌کار محمد باقر بن محمد تقی… که این رساله‌ایست در بیان چگونگی احوالات کلمات اله التاقات اعنی حضرات ائمهٔ معصومین… از مدت حیات و سبب وفات و سنین عمر و عدد فرزندان و ازدواج و مواضع مشاهد ایشان… بر سبیل ایجاز و اختصار مینماید و آنرا بتذکره الائمه موسوم ساخت و بر مقدمه و چهارده باب و خاتمه مرتب گردانید…
Explicit: … و سایر صحابهٔ عظام از جمله سیصد و سیزده نفر باشند. و باینجا ختم شد اینرسالهٔ شریفه و قد فرغت من تسوید هذا الرساله… فی مشهد… علی بن موسی الرضا… فی اواخر شهر ذیحجه الحرام من خمس و ثمانین بعد الالف… و کتبت… ابن محمد تقی محمد باقر… تم بالخیر.
Colophon: تمت علی ید صفر علی بن کربلایی حسینعلی الاصل آخوربند و المسکن ۱۲۴۰.


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 168

Similar Copies in Other Libraries:

  • MAJ 17/274
  • MNL 1/155

Similar Copies listed in Other Catalogues:

  • ALZ 4/26
  • DEN 2/1051
  • FAM 6/4429
  • FAP 1236

Physical Description

Support: Western paper (watermark), natural buff, varying thickness (thin, regular, thick), one size, glossy; single ruling in cinnabar.
Dimensions (leaf): 19.5 × 11 cm.
Dimensions (written): 15 × 8 cm.


16 lines per page


Cursive calligraphic Nastaʿalīq, regular; titles are unwritten. Ṣafar ʿAlī ibn Karbalāyī Ḥusaynʿalī صفر علی بن کربلایی حسینعلی

Additions: Birth note on f.1a dated Muḥarram 1267 AH/1850.


Black leather, 14.5×21 cm, front + back cover, leather + pasteboard

Tooling, branded with gold (medallion + two finials); ruled, tooled edges


Front cover detached, but existant; golden cover of the finials taken off; edge mending by leather.


Origin: Ākhurband; 1240 AH; 1824 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)
  • 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)
  • MAJ: (Library, Museum and Documentation Center of the Islamic Consultative Assembly)
  • MNL: (Mar'ashi Najafi Library)


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