Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 444 (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: … هذا المضمون الذی هو الاول المتحرک منه مضموم فی الظم… ||


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 528

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: Oriental paper, natural buff, varying thickness (regular, thin), glossy; rubricated titles.
Extent: 88 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 18 × 10 cm.
Dimensions (written): 12 × 5 cm.


Edges rebound.


14 lines per page


Nastaʿalīq, Naskh, several hands, regular

Additions: Rectangular stamp: لا اله الا الله . Illegible, circular and oval stamps Explanatory comments in marginalia; miscellaneous notes


Brown leather, 19 × 11 cm, front + back cover, single layer of leather only


Cover detached from the copy; head band and stitching in disarray


Origin: Unknown place of origin; 11th century AH; 18th centuray 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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