Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 1 (The Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts Minasian Collection


Summary of Contents: This book is one the most important and mose comprehensive books by Avicenna in medicine, one of the most prominent medicine books in the Islamic civilization, and one of the most important works in medicine in the ancient world. In the Islamic civilization, there are three books that are considered as the most important medicine books by Muslim medics: Al-ḥāvī by Mūḥammad Zakariyā Rāzī, Kāmil al-ṣanāʿah by Majūsī Ahvāzī, and Qānūn by Avicenna. Amongst these works, Avicenna's Qānūn excels the other works with respect to the richness of content and the quality of expression. Qānūn contains five books, including: book one: Kulliyāt al-ṭibbiyah, book two: al-Adviyah al-mufradah, book three: al-Amrāz̤ al-juzʾiyah li-kull-i ʿuz̤v, book four: al-Amrāz̤ al-juzʾiyah al-ghayr al-mukhtaṣṣah bi-ʿuz̤v, and book five: al-Adviyah al-murakkabah. Numerous commentaries have been written on this book, some of the most important of which to include: Sharḥ-i Quṭb al-Dīn Shīrāzī, Sharḥ-i Muḥammad bin Aḥmad Amshāṭī, Sharḥ-i Fakhr al-Dīn Rāzī, Sharḥ-i Quṭb al-Dīn Ibrāhīm bin ʿAlī Miṣrī, Sharḥ-i ʿAlā al-Dīn bin Abū Ḥazm Qurashī, Sharḥ-i Mūsá bin Yūnis. This copy is lacunary from around the middle of the fifth book.
Language(s): Arabic


A nearly complete copy with the text beginning part way through the author's introduction and breaking off shortly before the end of the tenth maqālah of the second jumlah of the fifth book

Incipit: (fihrist) ||وهو القربادين. الكتاب الأول و هو أربع فنون. الفن الأول في حدّ الطب و موضوعاته. الفن الثاني في تصنيف الأمراض والأسباب والعراض الكليه. الفن الثالث… بسمله، الفصل الاول من التعلیم الاول من الفن الاول من کتاب الاول من القانون فی حد الطب اقول ان الطب علم یتعرف منه احوال بدن…
Explicit: السكرجة الصغيرة سبعة شامونات السكرجة الكبيرة أربع عشرة شامونة الباقلة اليونانية شامونتان وأثولوين …السكرجة ستة أساتير وربع ملعقةالعسل||
(Comment); Commenting in marginalia on the body text; Dedicated to children on the conditions listed on the first folio of the book and other books, and the formula outlined in the book.


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 711

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Western paper (watermark), natural buff, varying thickness (thin, regular and thick), one size, glossay.
Extent: ff. 759
Dimensions (leaf): 29.5 × 20.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 22.5 × 12 cm.


Twenty-nine lines of text in one column


Graceful, curvasive Nastiʿaliq and naskh, several hands, regular. Unknown.


Rubricated titles and lists of contents.


Maroon Leather, 21 × 30 cm, front + back cover, leather + pasteboard, honey-coloured leather doublure; spine mending by honey-coloured leather.


Origin: Unknown place of origin; 12th century? AH; 18th 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).


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Key to bibliographical abbreviations of alternative versions:


AQR: Central Library of Astan Quds Razavi; FAW: Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford (Minasian Collection); GIE: Great Islamic Encyclopedia Library, Manuscripts; GIP: Great Islamic Encyclopedia Library, Photographed and Microfilmed Manuscripts; GUL: Library of Ayatollah Gulpayigani; MAJ: Library, Museum and Documentation Center of the Islamic Consultative Assembly; MAL: Malek National Museum and Library; MNL: Mar'ashi Najafi Library; NLI: National Library of Iran; SEP: Sepahsalar (Shahid Motahari) Mosque and School of Tehran; TCL: Tabriz Central Public Library; UTL: Central Library of University of Tehran;


ALZ: الذریعه; ARP: فهرست کتاب‌های چاپی عربی; COM: فهرست مشترک نسخه‌های خطی فارسی; DEN: فهرستواره دست‌نوشته‌های ایران (دنا); FAM: فهرست نسخه‌های خطی فارسی; FAP: فهرست کتاب‌های چاپی فارسی; FIH: فهرستواره کتاب‌های فارسی; KAS: کشف الظنون عن اسامی الکتب و الفنون; RAY: ریحانة الادب فی تراجمِ المعروفین بالکنیة او اللّقب; TAB: طبقات اعلام الشیعه.

Funding of Cataloguing

Wadham College (University of Oxford)


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