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.
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.


Rubricated titles; rubricated lines above the verses with interpretation.

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 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).


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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