Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 226 (The Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts Minasian Collection

Contents

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

Hadith

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: فرغ عنه فی تاسع عشر شهر شعبان المعظم سنه ۱۰۷۵. کتبه العبد الفقیر حاج حسن علی ابن المرحوم شیخ […]

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

References

Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 176

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, varying thickness (thin, regular and thick), one size; rubricated titles, rubricated line above Quranic verses and hadiths.
Extent: 307 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 28 × 20 cm.
Dimensions (written): 17 × 11.5 cm.

Condition

Water damage.

Layout

17 lines per page

Hand(s)

Graceful Naskh, one hand, regular Ḥāj Ḥasan ʿAlī ibn Shaykh [...] حاج حسن علی ابن شیخ […]

Additions: Oval stamp on the first and last folios: محمود الطباطبایی ۱۲۵۶ . Rectangualr, illegible stamp on f.2.

Binding

Lacquer, plain black with ruling and gilt decorative frame, 21×29 cm, front + back cover, double layer (lacquer + brown leather)

Condition

Cover edges corroded; head band and stitching in disarray

History

Origin: Unknown place of origin; 17 Shaʿbān 1075 AH; 1664 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.

Availability

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.

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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