Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 277 (The Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts Minasian Collection


Summary of Contents: One of the most significant works on Arabic syntax which has commonly been used as a textbook in seminaries, and on which many commentaries have been written. The author wrote it for his brother, ʿAbd al-Ṣamad, and called the book Favāʾid Ṣamadīyah. Shaykh Bahāʿī wrote this book in 975 AH, at the age of 22. The content is divided into 5 'Ḥadīqah', as follows: 1) در مقدمات ; 2) در آنچه متعلق به اسم میباشد ; 3) در آنچه متعلق به افعال است ; 4) در جمل و توابع آن ; and 5) در مفردات .
Language(s): Arabic


Incipit: بسمله، احسن الکلام یبتدء بها الکلام و خیر… اما بعد فهذه فواید الصمدیه فی علم العربیه حوت من هذه الفن ما نفعه اعم و معرفته للمبتدئین اهم…
Explicit: … علی العاطف و الرط اسم بعده فعل الاختصاص الایجاب فلا یقال هل لم یقم بخلاف الهمزه نحو الم نشرح لک صدرک.
Colophon: تمت الکتاب بعون الملک الوهاب سنه ۱۲۴۵.


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 690

Similar Copies in Other Libraries:

  • MAL 1/553-554
  • NLI 3/3
  • SEP 2/390

Similar Copies listed in Other Catalogues:

  • ALZ 15/16
  • DEN 7/1177

Printed editions:

  • Qum, 1383 Shamsī/2004

Physical Description

Support: Western paper (watermark), dark buff, glossy.
Extent: 24 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 20 × 15 cm.
Dimensions (written): 14 × 8 cm.


Copy contaminated by oil.


15 lines per page


Naskh, one hand, regular


Rubricated titles.

Additions: Oval stamp: عبده الراجی عباسعلی . Explanatory marginalia.


Light brown leather, 16×21 cm, front + back cover, single layer of leather only

Ruled, tooled edges


Origin: Unknown place of origin; 1245 AH; 1830 CE

Provenance and Acquisition

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

Record Sources

This record was created by Dr Mohammad Emami based on the information published in the Persian catalogue by Dr Ali Mir-Ansari (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

  • ALZ: (الذریعه)
  • DEN: (فهرستواره دست‌نوشته‌های ایران - دنا)
  • FAW: (Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford - Minasian Collection)
  • MAL: (Malek National Museum and Library)
  • NLI: (National Library of Iran)
  • SEP: (Sepahsalar (Shahid Motahari) Mosque and School of Tehran)


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