Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 308 (The Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts Minasian Collection


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.
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: قد فرغت من تسوید هذه النسخه فی شهر رمضان المبارک فی سنة اربعین مائتین بعد الالف… علی پناه زنجانی سنه ۱۲۴۰.


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 523

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), blue, thick, one size; rubricated line above the segments from Taṣrīf, rubricated line above some expressions.
Extent: 118 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 22 × 15.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 14 × 9 cm.


9 lines per page


Cursive Nastaʿalīq, one hand, large علی پناه زنجانی ʿAlī panāh Zanjānī


Light brown leather, 23 × 16 cm, front + back cover, single layer of leather only

Tooling; medallion; half medallion; decorated and ruled, tooled edges


Cover detached from the copy; damage to the head band and stitching


Origin: Unknown place of origin; 1240 AH; 1825 CE

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)
  • MNL: (Mar'ashi Najafi Library)
  • NLI: (National Library of Iran)


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