Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 102 (The Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts Minasian Collection


Summary of Contents: This work is authored on the most essential provisions of Islām, comprised of an introduction, four 'destinations', and a conclusion. According to Al-Ẕarīʿah 1/521, all of the ʿIbādāt [Acts of Worship] and some of the Makāsib [Transactions] are discussed in this treatise. The author was one of the Shīʿa figures of his age, having enjoyed the classes and teachings of a range of scholar, such as Vaḥīd Bihbahānī, Sayid Muḥsin Kāẓimaynī, and Baḥr al-ʿulūm in Iraq, and Mīrzā-yi Qumī and Mullā Muḥammad Mahdī Narāqī in Iran. He has written several works, including "Nukhbat al-Aḥādīs̱ fī al-Vaṣāyā", "al-Ishārāt al-Uṣūl", "Īqāz̤āt", "Shavāriʿ al-Hidāyah", and "Risālah dar manāsik-i ḥajj".
Language(s): Persian

Islamic Jurisprudence

Incipit: بسمله، حمدله، امّا بعد چنین گوید خادم علوم دینیه و مستفیض اسرار شرعیه ابن محمد حسن الخراسانی محمد ابراهیم… که این رساله‌ایست در معرفه ضروری احکام دین مبین مسمّی بارشاد المسترشدین… و مشتمل است بر مقدمه و چهار و خاتمه…
Explicit: … اظهر تعیین علاوه نمودن غسل باب و کافور است و احوط علاوه نمودن تیمم است بدل از متعذّر و اگر متعذّر یکغسل باشد…||


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 59

Similar copies in other libraries:

  • MNL, 2/133-134, 12/34
  • SEP, 1/545-547
  • AQR, 2/130
  • MAJ, 17/53
  • TCL, 2/24

Similar manuscripts listed in other catalogues:

  • ALZ, 1/520-521
  • DEN, 1/690
  • RAY, 3/354

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Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Western paper, natural buff, varying thickness (thin and regular), one size, glossy.
Extent: 1+172 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 20 × 14 cm.
Dimensions (written): 14.5 × 8.5 cm.


17 lines per page.


Calligraphic Naskh, fairly large hand, one hand.


Frontispiece (gilt, azure, cinnabar, white), triple ruling (gilt, black), single decorative frame (black); edge mending of initial folios.

Rubricated titles. Rubricated lines above Quranic verses and hadiths.

Additions: ‌Note on f. 1a: the copy's price in Rupees.


Black leather, 21 × 15 cm, front + back cover, leather + pasteboard.

Dyeing illumination (medallion and two half-medallions); corner and back bone mending by leather.


Origin: 13th century AH; 19th century CE ; Iṣfahān

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.uk for further information on the availability of this manuscript.

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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