Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 114 (The Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts Minasian Collection


A collection of 2 books on different subjects.

1. ff. 1b-74a
Language(s): Persian


The book is written in four chapters, and according to the author, it is a "comprehensive account of asceticism and preaching and ... and dismay of sins" based on Shiite hadiths.

Incipit: بسمله، حمدله،… بدرستی که من در سن بیست سالگی تا آنکه زیادت شد عمرم از پنجاه سال مشتاق بودم به جمع کتابی که…
Explicit: … روایت شده بسند صحیح که فرمود رسول‌الله ص که مبارزت علی ابن ابیطالب ع با عمرو بن عبدود در روز…||
Colophon: تمام شد کتاب جامع‌الاخبار بید اقل‌الطلاب احمد بن محمد حسن خوانساری بتاریخ بیست و هفتم شهر محرم‌الحرام مطابق سنه ۱۳۰۲.


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 743

Similar copies in other libraries:

  • NLI, 10/44
  • MAJ, 12/151

Similar manuscripts listed in other catalogues:

  • ALZ, 5/33
  • DEN, 8/367

Printed editions:

  • Mashhad, 1393 Shamsī/2014

On the Web:

2. ff. 74a-148b
Language(s): Arabic and Persian


Title: [Akhlāq]

In Minasian collection, the generic title of Akhlāq [Ethics] is given to a number of brief treatises that have defective incipits and explicits, hence lacking title and author information. They all, however, have the genral topic of ethics in common.

Incipit: ||… روی عن النبی ص ان فی الجنه اثنی عشر الف مدینة و فی کل مدینة اثنی عشر الف دار…
Explicit: … آنگاه جسد ایشانرا از درختان خرما درآویزند…||


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 21

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Western paper (relief stamp), natural buff, varying thickness (thin, regular and thick), one size. The first 16 folios are older and Oriental. Rubricated titles and chapter names. Corrosion at the edges of the initial folios. Western paper (watermark), natural buff, varying thickness (regular and thick). Rubricated titles.
Extent: 148 ff. 22 × 17.5 cm.


ff. 1b-74a ff. 74a-148b


ff. 1b-74a

ff. 74a-148b


Cursive Nastiʿaliq and Naskh, varying number of lines, varying heights and widths, regular hand, several hands. Khvānsārī, Aḥmad bin Muḥammad Ḥasan. خوانساری، احمد بن محمد حسن. Various scripts in different sizes. Anonymous

  • Notes about the years 1312, 1315 and 1316 Qamarī on f. 1a on hail and snowfalls, as well as worthwhile remarks on food prices; a birth note of the year 1315 Qamarī.


Simple cardboard with leather back bone, 18 × 23 cm, front + back cover.


Origin: 1302 AH 1884 CE Unknown place of origin 13th century AH 19th Century 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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