Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 112 (The Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts Minasian Collection


A collection of two books on different subjects.

1. ff. 1b-139b
Language(s): Arabic

Islamic jurisprudence

This work is, in fact, a fatwa treatise on the provisions of cleanliness and prayers, with some very brief references to the reasons. It is presented in several books, containing principles and topics for Persian-speaking followers, for the use of the public, and in a fatwa style. The book has two 'techniques', the first to include several topics and the second to include two article, the first article containing 17 chapters.

Incipit: بسمله، حمدله، اما بعد چنین گوید اقل عبادالله ابوالقاسم بن الحسن الجیلانی این چند کلمه‌ایست در بیان مسائل عبادات حسب‌الاقتضای جماعتی از برادران دینی مرقوم قلم شکسته رقم میگردد و آنرا مسمی کردیم بمرشد العوام بچند کتاب. کتاب الصلوه چون نماز افضل اعمال دینیه است…
Explicit: … میفرماید خدای تبارک و تعالی من روا داشتم شهادت شما را و آمرزیدم برای او آنچه را میدانم از جمله چیزها که شما نمی‌دانید و بنابراین قبل از مردن و بعد از مردن هر دو می توان نوشت. تمام شد. اللهم اغفر… یا الرحم الراحمین.
Colophon: کتبه ابن میر نظام الرضوی. ختم هذا الکتاب در یوم الثلثا سیزدهم شهر شوال المکرم سنه ۱۲۲۵.


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 843
2. ff. 139b-234b
Language(s): Persian

Principles of Islamic jurisprudence

This copy includes an introduction, and various parts and chapters which deal with explanatory and affirmative topics, giving an account of the principles of the religion of Islam, and two religious principles of the Shiite faith.

Incipit: بسمله، حمدله، امّا بعد چنین گوید اقل عباد الله ابوالقاسم ابن الحسن الجیلانی که این چند کلمه‌ای است در اصول… و این مشتمل است بر مقدمه و چند باب مقدمه بدان که اصول دین سه چیز است…
Explicit: … بنا بر اقوی و مختص امام است و در زمان غیبت مقتضی اخبار اینست …||
Colophon: None.


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 70

Similar copies in other libraries:

  • MAJ, 45/225
  • MNL, 22/58
  • UTL, 8/189

Similar manuscripts listed in other catalogues:

  • ALZ, 2/182

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Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Western paper (watermark), blue, pistachio, varying thickness (regular, thin, thick). Rubricated titles. Western paper (watermark), blue, varying thickness (regular, thin, thick), one size. Rubricated titles.
Extent: 234 ff. 21.5 × 17 cm. 21 × 17 cm. 15 × 9.5 cm. 15.5 × 9.5 cm.


ff. 1b-139b ff. 139b-234b


19 lines per page.

ff. 1b-139b

19 lines per page.

ff. 139b-234b


Graceful Naskh, one hand, regular hand. Ibn Mīr Niẓām al-Raz̤avī ابن میر نظام الرضوی Anonymous

Additions: Short explanations of the text in the marginalia.


Black leather, 22.5 × 18 cm, front + back cover, leather + pasteboard.


Origin: Unknown place of origin 13 Shavvāl 1225 AH 1225 AH 1810 CE

Provenance and Acquisition

Donated to The Ferdowsi Library by Dr Caro Minasian in 1972.

Record Sources

This record was created based on the information published in: Mir-Ansari, Ali, 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.


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