Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 694 (The Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts Minasian Collection

Collection 103

A collection of two works

Physical Description

Extent: 60 ff.

Binding

Black leather, 22 × 16.5 cm, front + back cover, single layer of leather only

Condition

Cover detached from the copy, but existing

History

Provenance and Acquisition

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

1) Persian Catalogue Sequence Number 190

Contents

Summary of Contents: This is a well-known text on the morphology of Arabic language, known also as "Sharḥ-i Taṣrīf", "al-ʿIzzá fī al-Taṣrīf" and "al-Taṣrīf al-ʿIzzá". The work has received attention and respect from scholars and scientists throughout centuries, and has been used as a textbook for the students of Islamic sciences for years. Several commentaries, appendices, and translations have been written for or about this work. There would be few, if any, libraries in the world which lack a copy of "al-Taṣrīf" or "Sharḥ-i Taṣrīf" of Zanjānī.
ff. 1b-13b

Arabic language--Morphology

Language(s): Arabic
Incipit: بسمله، حمدله، اعلم ان التصریف فی اللغه التغییر و فی الصناعة تحویل الاصل الواحد الی امثلة مختلفة لمعان مقصودة لا تحصل الا بها…
Explicit: … من الفعل کقول حسن الطعمه و الجلسه و العقده و السلام علی من اتبع الهدی.
Colophon: تمت بعون الله تعالی… فی سلخ شهر جمادی الاولی سنه ۱۲۷۵. کتبه المذنب… محمد علی ابن ملا زین العابدین نجف‌آبادی من البلوکات الاصفهان.

References

Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 190

Similar Copies in Other Libraries:

  • MAL 1/139-140
  • NLI 12/21
  • UTL 17/463

Similar Copies listed in Other Catalogues:

  • ALZ 12/47
  • DEN 3/7

Printed editions:

  • Tehran, 1343 AH/1925

Physical Description

Support: Western paper (watermark), natural buff, regular thickness, one size, glossy; rubricated titles, rubricated line above some expressions.
Dimensions (leaf): 21 × 15.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 18 × 7.5 cm.

Collation

ff. 1b-13b

Condition

Water damage on some folios.

Layout

10 lines per page

Hand(s)

Graceful, cursive Naskh, one hand, regular Najaf'ābādī, Muḥammad ʿAlī ibn Mullā Zayn al-ʿĀbidīn نجف‌آبادی، محمد علی ابن ملا زین العابدین The mariginalia and in-line texts are explanatory comments on the body text in cursive Nastaʿalīq and Naskh.

Additions: Note on 13b: مالکه سیّد هاشم ۱۳۰۴ .

History

Origin: Najaf'ābād, Iṣfahān; 1275 AH; 1859 CE

2) Persian Catalogue Sequence Number 527

Contents

Summary of Contents: This is a famous, comment-text commentary on al-Taṣrīf al-ʿīzzá of al-Zanjānī (655 AH) on Arabic Morphology (declension). Many commentaries have been written on this book, which are listed in Kashf al-Ẓunūn (2/1139). Taftāzānī completed this commentary in 738 AH, at the age of 19, in his hometown, Faryūmad.
ff. 14b-60b
Language(s): Arabic

Arabic language--Grammar

Incipit: بسمله، ان اروی زهر یخرج فی ریاض الکلام من الاکمام و ابهی حبر تحاک ببنان البیان و اسنان الاقلام…
Explicit: … انطلاقة واحدة للمرة و حسنة او قبیحة او غیرها للنوع و کذلک البواقی، والله اعلم والمنزه والحمد لله رب العالمین.
Colophon: حرره… فی بیست و ششم شهر ذی الحجة الحرام من شهور سنه ۱۲۷۴.

References

Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 527

Similar Copies in Other Libraries:

  • MAJ 17/359
  • MNL 1/136
  • NLI 7/86

Similar Copies listed in Other Catalogues:

  • DEN 6/538

Physical Description

Support: Western paper (watermark), natural buff, regular thickness, one size, glossy; rubricated titles, rubricated line above some expressions.
Dimensions (leaf): 21 × 15.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 18 × 7.5 cm.

Collation

ff. 14b-60b

Layout

19 lines per page

Hand(s)

Naskh, one hand, regular

Additions: Explanatory comments.

History

Origin: Unknown place of origin; 1274 AH; 1858 CE

Additional Information

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.uk for further information on the availability of this manuscript.

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)
  • MAL: (Malek National Museum and Library)
  • MNL: (Mar'ashi Najafi Library)
  • NLI: (National Library of Iran)
  • UTL: (Central Library of University of Tehran)

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