Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 97 (The Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts Minasian Collection


Summary of Contents: This is a translation of Qaṣ‭īdah-'i Ashknavānīyah of ʿAmīd al-Mulk Fālī who was imprisoned in Ashknavān castle and composed the qasida for his son while in the same prison. Several commentaries have been written on this qasida, but no Persian translation was found of it.
Language(s): Persian


Translator: Anonymous
Incipit: بسمله، من یبلغن حمامات ببطحاء / ممتعات بسلسال و خضراء / کیست که برساند پیغام مرا بکبوترهایی که در بطحاء هستند…
Explicit: … گناهان من بالنسبه بعفو او کمتر است از قطره‌ای که در کنار دریا باشد.
Colophon: بتاریخ شهر رمضان المبارک ۱۳۰۱ هجری.

Existing catalogues do not mention any translation of this qasida into Persian. It seems to be unique.


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 174

Similar Copies in Other Libraries (Arabic copies only):

  • MAJ 16/36
  • MAL 5/370
  • MNL 32/48

Similar Copies listed in Other Catalogues (Arabic copies only):

  • DEN 8/214

Physical Description

Support: Western paper (plain), natural buff, regular thickness, one size, glossy; couplets in cinnabar; text and interpretation in black.
Extent: 44 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 17.5 × 10.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 11.5 × 6 cm.


11 lines per page


Shikastah Nastaʿalīq, one hand, regular


Brown leather, 11.5×18.5, front + back cover, single layer of leather only

Decorated, tooled edges



Origin: Unknown place of origin; Ramadhan 1301 AH; 1884 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)
  • MAJ: (Library, Museum and Documentation Center of the Islamic Consultative Assembly)
  • MAL: (Malek National Museum and Library)
  • MNL: (Mar'ashi Najafi Library)


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