Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 415 (The Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts Minasian Collection


Summary of Contents: This work has an introduction and several chapters on the practices of Islam. The author has provided religious issues, customs, and rules for his followers in the order of jurisprudential topics. The topics of طهارت and صلاه are comprehensive, while other topics are brief and imperative taken from his other book al-Maṣābīḥ. The topics of اجتهاد and تقلید are discussed in the introduction. The book has later been translated into Persian by one of the author's students, Ḥasan ibn Muḥammad ʿAlī Yazdī, by the order of the author himself. The current copy is the Persian translation of the original book, and contains from the beginning of the book up until the end of a chapter for صوم .
Language(s): Persian

Islamic jurisprudence

Incipit: بسمله، حمدله،… اما بعد. چون اخذ احکام و مفرقه حلال… در این ازمنه انحصار یافت در رجوع بفتاوی جناب فضایل مآب… آقای آقا سید محمد…، و آن جناب را تصنیفی بلغه فارسی که همه کس را منتفع شوند نبود امر فرمود پست‌ترین تلامذهٔ خود را… حسن بن محمد علی یزدی را بترجمهٔ اصلاح عمل خود که کتاب فتاوی ایشانست… امید که مقبول طبع شریف ایشان گشته…
Explicit: … و جایز است که مجتهد مزبور نایب و وکیل کند غیر مجتهد را… بعضی تجویز کردند و در آن اشکال و نظر است. تم بعون الله و توفیقه. ||
Colophon: تمت کتاب روز یکشنبه پانزدهم شهر شوال المکرم ۱۲۳۹.


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 415

Similar Copies in Other Libraries:

  • MAJ 24/273
  • MNL 3/260

Similar Copies listed in Other Catalogues:

  • ALZ 2/170
  • DEN 1/1060

Physical Description

Support: Western paper (watermark), pistachio, varying thickness (regular and thick), one size
Extent: 67 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 21 × 19 cm.
Dimensions (written): 14 × 10 cm.


17 lines per page


Cursive Naskh, one hand, regular ‎‎Yazdī, Ḥasan ibn Muḥammad ʿAlī, active 19th century‏ یزدی، حسن بن محمد علی The scribe would most likely be the same person as the translator of the book.

Additions: Birth notes on ff.67a-67b dated 1241, 1250, 1254, 1256, 1263, 1270, 1275, 1278, 1280, 1282. Death note dated 1268. Other notes include تاریخ کاشتن باغچه فی ۱۵ شهر رمضان‌المبارک سنه ۱۲۷۶ and هشترود رفتن ۱۲۶۳ . There are three different oval stamps on different folios of the copy and all are illegible, but one of them has the date of 1296 AH/1879.


Brown leather, 20×22 cm, front + back cover, single layer of leather only

Decorative tooling



Origin: Unknown place of origin; 15 Shavvāl 1239 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.


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Funding of Cataloguing

Wadham College (University of Oxford)

Key to Abbreviations

  • ALZ: (الذریعه)
  • DEN: (فهرستواره دست‌نوشته‌های ایران - دنا)
  • 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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