Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 462 (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 و الحمد لله رب العالمین. ||


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 529

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), one size, glossy; rubricated titles, segments from al-Taṣrīf in cinnabar.
Extent: 72 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 23 × 12 cm.
Dimensions (written): 16 × 6.5 cm.


21 lines per page


Naskh, two hands, relatively large; the first folio is an adjunct and rewritten.

Additions: Rectangular stamp. Two oval stamps. Explanatory comments in marginalia; miscellaneous notes.


Sharp brown leather, 24 × 13 cm, front + back cover, leather + pasteboard

Simple tooling; medallion, half medallion


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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