Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

MS. Hertford 31 (Hertford College Library, Hertford College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts


A copy of Majmūʻah-ʼi Khānī fī ghurrat al-maʻānī [a sunnite legal work in Persian].

Incipit: اجمعين اما بعد دعا گوی مسلمنان اضعف...

Incomplete at begining and end. Contains 50 chapters. The author quotes Ibn Kathīr's al-Bidāyah wa-al-nihāyah, and Abū Layth al-Samarqandī's Khizānat al-fiqh.

Language(s): Persian, Arabic


Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: ff. 199 [first two and last two leaves are flyleaves].
Dimensions (leaf): 198 × 120 mm.


One column throughout. 14 lines per page. 150 × 78 mm.


Script: Nastaʿlīq in black ink at beginning, changing to Shikastah towards the middle and end. Some rubrication of chapter headings and underlining in red ink.


No decoration.


19th-century Library binding of tan leather over boards. Spine has 5 bands.


Origin: Undated.

Provenance and Acquisition

Stamp of Claud Martin.

Ex libris Colleg. Hertf. apud Oxon.

The Hertford College Manuscripts are on long-term deposit with the Bodleian Library.

Record Sources

Manuscript description based on: Beeston, A. F. L. (Alfred Felix Landon); Ethé, Hermann, 1844-1917.; Sachau, Eduard, 1845-1930; Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford; at the Clarendon Press 1889-1953


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Funding of Cataloguing

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation



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