Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

MS296 (New College Library, New College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts


1 work on the subject of Islamic law

Language(s): Arabic

Islamic Law

A commentary on Minhāj al-wuṣūl ilá ʻilm al-uṣūl of Bayḍāwī, ʻAbd Allāh ibn ʻUmar, d. 1286?

Incipit: بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم والاعتضاد بكرمه العميم هذه غرر الفرائد ودرر الفوائد وزواهر الجواهر المرزية لقلائد الخرائد جمعها شيخي وأستاذي والدي . . . بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم الهمنا اللهم رشدنا الحمد لله الذي اعلا معالم الاسلام وبين لطرق المعاش والمعاد قوانين الشرع والاحكام . . . قال اقول لما وجب على الخايض في كل علم ان يتصوره ليمكن له التوجه اليه ٯدم ٮعرٮف اصول الفقه
Explicit: واذا جاز له جاز لغيره اجماعا فجاز الاستثناء في اصول الدين لكل واحد سواء كان مجتهداّ اولا ،،، والله اعلم بالصواب


GAL I 418, II 198.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Semi-glossy, light-biscuit-coloured paper. May have been trimmed. Folio 142 is a more glossy replacement leaf with apparent impressions of the misṭarah.
Dimensions (leaf): 23.8 × 15.7 cm.
Dimensions (written): 18.5 × 10.6 cm.

The manuscript is foliated in pencil.



Single column with 33 lines of text per page.


Unpolished and casual naskh bookhand of 14th or 15th century? with many elongations of letters such as lām and nūn. Inconsistently dotted throughout. Replacement folio is in a finer and more polished hand perhaps of the 16th or 17th century

  • marginalia
  • orthography
  • paper
There are catchwords.


The volume is bound in brown leather over pasteboards. The leather has a tooled floral and foliate design at the four corners of a rectangular panel in the centre and a panel at the perimiter of the binding on both front and back. The spine has six spine bands. Probably a 19th-century binding.


The binding is quite worn.


Origin: Gregorian CE


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Funding of Cataloguing

New College (University of Oxford)


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