Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 573 (The Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts Minasian Collection


Summary of Contents: This is a brief commentary on the Quran attributed to Imām Ḥasan ʿAskarī (AS), including interpretations of the two Suras of Fātiḥat al-Kitāb and Baqarah. Muḥammad ibn ʿAlī ibn Muḥammad ibn Jaʿfar ibn Daffāq quotes from Abū al-Ḥasan Muḥammad ibn Aḥmad and Abū Muḥammad Jaʿfar ibn Aḥmad, both quoting from Abū Yaʿqūb and Abū al-Ḥasan ʿAlī ibn Muḥammad Sayyār, who said that their fathers were Shiites living under the ruling of Ḥasan ibn Zayd ʿAlavī, nicknamed as Dāʿī ila al-Ḥaq, in Astarābād. As Ḥasan ibn Zayd ʿAlavī treated his opponents rigorously, they fleed with their families and presented themselves to Imām Ḥasan ʿAskarī. He welcomed them, and presented them a commentary on the Quran which included some information on the family of Muḥammad (SA). This book is that commentary. A Persian translation of this work was lithographed in 1320 AH (1902) in Mumbai under the title "Jawāhir al-Īmān fī Tafsīr al-Qurʾān".
Language(s): Arabic

Quran Commnetary

Incipit: بسمله، حمدله، قال محمد بن علی بن محمد بن جعفر بن دقاق حدثنی الشیخان الفقیهان ابوالحسن محمد بن احمد بن علی عن الحسن بن شاذان و ابومحمد جعفر بن محمد بن علی القمی…
Explicit: … و لا یابی الشهداء اذا ما دعوا قال من کان فی عنقه شهادة… ||


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 196

Similar Copies in Other Libraries:

  • MAJ 11/255
  • MAL 1/147
  • MNL 2/71

Similar Copies listed in Other Catalogues:

  • ALZ 4/285
  • ARP 2/1612
  • DEN 3/122

Printed editions:

  • Tehran, 1392 Shamsī/2013

On the Web:

Physical Description

Support: Western paper (watermark), natural buff, varying thickness (thin, regular, and thick), one size, glossy; rubricated titles; rubricated lines above the verses being interpreted.
Extent: 191 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 25 × 19 cm.
Dimensions (written): 17 × 9 cm.


First page torn.


21 lines per page


Calligraphic Naskh, one hand, regular. Titles on the final folios unwritten.

Additions: Oval stamp on f. 1a: wiped out; apparently ownership stamp.


Black leather, 26 × 20 cm, front + back cover; leather + pasteboard; gilt tooling (medallion and two finials); ruled, tooled edges.


Damage to the cover's decoration.


Origin: Unknown place of origin; 12-13th century AH; 18-19th century CE

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.


Entry to the Library is permitted upon presentation of a valid university ID card (for admissions procedures, please visit Wadham College Library, Persian Studies Section). Please Contact persian.library@wadham.ox.ac.ukfor further information on the availability of this manuscript.

Funding of Cataloguing

Wadham College (University of Oxford)

Key to Abbreviations

  • ALZ: (الذریعه)
  • ARP: (فهرست کتاب‌های چاپی عربی)
  • 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)
  • MAL: (Malek National Museum and Library)
  • MNL: (Mar'ashi Najafi Library)


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