Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 469 (The Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts Minasian Collection


Summary of Contents: Taz̲kirat al-awliyāʾ is a mystical book in plain Persian prose, rhymed at some points, on the biography of the masters of Awliyāʾ and Sufi figures. It has an introduction and 72 chapters, each discussing the lifes, attitudes, thoughts, and speeches of one of the mystics and Sufi figures, whose virtues, preachments, and words of wisdom are included in this book. The first chapter is dedicated to the attitudes and speeches of [Imām] Jaʿfar Ṣādiq, and the 72th chapter to Ḥusayn ibn Manṣūr Ḥallāj (died 309 AH). The authentic manuscripts of Taz̲kirat al-awliyāʾ up until the 10th century AH include only these 72 chapters, but additional chapters have been added after this time under the title of ذکر متأخران از مشایخ کبار (Mentions of the Latest Great Sufi Legends), which provide the attitudes and speeches of 25 mystics from the 4th and 5th centuries AH. The current copy has 70 chapters, each assigned to one of the Awliyāʾ, with the firts being Imām Jaʿfar Ṣādiq, the second Uways Qaranī, and the last Ḥusayn ibn Manṣūr Ḥallāj.
Language(s): Persian


Incipit: || … گردان که کار تو بعلت نیست و من قسمی دیگر را طاقت ندارم میگویم که باشد که مستجاب… و دیگر باعث آن بود که تا فردای قیامت نظر شفاعتی در کار این عاجز کند…
Explicit: … و گفت اخلاص تصفیه عمل است از شوایب کدورت و گفت زبان گویا هلاک دلهای خوش است و گفت گفت‌وگوی در عمل بسته است و افعال در شرک و حق … ||


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 169

Similar Copies in Other Libraries:

  • MAJ 17/114
  • MNL 28/286, 15/194

Similar Copies listed in Other Catalogues:

  • DEN 2/1060
  • KAS 1/385

Printed editions:

  • Tehran, 1389 Shamsī/2010

Physical Description

Support: Oriental paper, natural buff, varying thickness (thin and thick), one size, glossy; rubricated titles and signs; the folios 322 on are added later and newly written, but only one folio is left from this part.
Extent: 323 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 25 × 15.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 18 × 11.5 cm.


23 lines per page


Cursive, calligraphic Nastaʿalīq, one hand, regular


Green leather, 16.5×26 cm, front + back cover, leather + pasteboard


The cover is new and added later.


Origin: Unknown place of origin; 10th century AH; 16th 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.


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Funding of Cataloguing

Wadham College (University of Oxford)

Key to Abbreviations

  • DEN: (فهرستواره دست‌نوشته‌های ایران - دنا)
  • FAW: (Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford - Minasian Collection)
  • KAS: (کشف‌الظنون عن اسامی الکتب والفنون)
  • MAJ: (Library, Museum and Documentation Center of the Islamic Consultative Assembly)
  • MNL: (Mar'ashi Najafi Library)


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