Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 189 (The Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts Minasian Collection


Summary of Contents: Ibn Khātūn, the translator, was a student of Shaykh Bahāʾī and one of the scholars of his time. He has been gaining knowledge in Shaykh Bahāʾī's lessons for years. When he arrived at the court of Sultan Quṭb Shāhī (died 1035 AH/1616), of the Quṭb Shāhī dynasty of India, he was commissioned to translate a book from Arabic to Persian, as were other scholars of his time. He therefore selected Shaykh Bahāʾī's Arbaʿīn for translation, a book containing 40 hadiths, and called it Tarjumah-'i Quṭb-i Shāhī upon completion.
Language(s): Persian


Incipit: بسمله، ای از تو حدیث معرفت را تبیین / وی ترجمهٔ وصف تو تنزیل مبین…
Explicit: … از مخفیات عالم فلکی سزاوار آنست که تصدیق نمایی آنجماعت… و بیده مفتاح الابواب و هانا اختم الکلام حامد الله علی التوفیق للاتمام.
Colophon: تم فی یوم الاحد عشر آخر من شهر جمیدی الثانی علی ید اقل خلق الله محمد حسین دماوندی فی سنه اربع و سبعون بعد الالف من الهجره النبویه.

This is one of the oldest copies of Tarjumah-'i Quṭb-i Shāhī.


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 175

Similar Copies in Other Libraries:

  • MAJ 37/209
  • NLI 3/147
  • UTL 13/3267

Similar Copies listed in Other Catalogues:

  • COM 4/2277
  • FAP 3208

Printed editions:

  • Tehran, 1387 Shamsī/2009

Physical Description

Support: Western paper (watermark), natural buff, regular thickness, one size.
Extent: 222 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 28 × 19 cm.
Dimensions (written): 18 × 11 cm.


Some folio edges are mended.


20 lines per page


Graceful Nastaʿalīq, one hand, regular Damāvandī, Muḥammad Ḥusayn دماوندی، محمد حسین


Rubricated titles; rubricated line above Quranic verses and hadiths.

Additions: Persian poetry and miscellaneous notes on the first and final folio. Square stamp on the last folio; likely to be of the scribe, but it is wiped out.


Pasteboard binding with yellow papers on sides, 20×29 cm, front + back cover, spine in brown leather


Front cover detached but existant; head band and stitching in disarray


Origin: Unknown place of origin; 1074 AH; 1664 CE

Provenance and Acquisition

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

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).


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

  • COM: (فهرست مشترک 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)
  • NLI: (National Library of Iran)
  • UTL: (Central Library of University of Tehran)



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