Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 43 (The Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts Minasian Collection


Summary of Contents: The original text of Miftāḥ al-ʿulūm has been written by Abū Yūsuf Sakkākī (died 626 AH/1229), which was later summarised by Khaṭīb Damishqī (died 739 AH/1338) in a work called Talkhīṣ al-miftāḥ. ‎Taftāzānī has written two glosses on this 'summary', one known as Muṭawwal and then a shorter gloss known as Mukhtaṣar. In other words, when Taftāzānī completed his extensive commentary on Talkhīṣ al-miftāḥ in 748 AH (known as al-Muṭawwal), he then undertook to write another, shorter commentary in 756 AH (known as al-Mukhtaṣar). The current copy is the shorter edition of the writer's commentary on Talkhīṣ al-miftāḥ.
Language(s): Arabic


Incipit: || … لا بغیره من العلوم کالغة من الصرف والنحو تعرف دقایق العربیه و اسرارها فیکون…
Explicit: … لما فی بعض الفواتح والخواتم من ذکر الاهوال والافزاع… علی حسن الطاعة اعمارنا بالحسنی… الحمد لله رب العالمین
Colophon: تمت الکتاب… بعد الف من الهجرة النبویه سنه تسع و تسعین…
Colophon: قد وقع الفراق علی ید… محمد حسین الحسنی ولد عبدالعظیم الحسینی…


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 534

Similar Copies in Other Libraries:

  • MNL 3/170
  • NLI 7/93
  • SEP 2/416

Similar Copies listed in Other Catalogues:

  • ARP 215
  • DEN 9/238

Printed editions:

  • Tehran, 1373 Shamsī/1995

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Physical Description

Support: Oriental paper, Western paper (watermark, plain), plain and dark buff, regular thickness, one size, glossy.
Extent: 154 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 24.5 × 14.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 17.5 × 8 cm.


20 lines per page

Additions: Explanatory marginalia; A note at the end of the copy dated 1166 AH


Maroon leather, 25 × 15 cm, front + back cover, leather+pasteboard

Gold tooled; medallion, two half-medallion


Damage to the cover's decoration; back bone mending by leather; edge mending by leather.


Origin: Unknown place of origin; 1099 AH; 1688 CE This copy is made up of different parts of various copies that are put together to create a new copy. Therefore, the date of origin and paper type varies from part to part. The completion date is, in fact, the completion date of the assembly. There are parts in this manuscript that are older than the completion date.

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.


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Funding of Cataloguing

Wadham College (University of Oxford)

Key to Abbreviations

  • ARP: (فهرست کتاب‌های چاپی عربی)
  • DEN: (فهرستواره دست‌نوشته‌های ایران - دنا)
  • FAW: (Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford - Minasian Collection)
  • MNL: (Mar'ashi Najafi Library)
  • NLI: (National Library of Iran)
  • SEP: (Sepahsalar (Shahid Motahari) Mosque and School of Tehran)


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