Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 115 (The Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts Minasian Collection


Summary of Contents: This work is compiled from ethical topics and related instructions, and is composed in two volumes. The first volume is written at the time of Shāh ʿAbbās (1642-1666) and the second at the time of Shāh Solaymān (1666-1693). The author intended to create a work of 8 volumes (to correspond the number of the gates of paradise), but he passed away before completing it. His son, Muḥammad Shafīʿ, has later composed a third volume for the series. The first volume has an introduction and a part (the first Bāb). The introduction is about preaching, gathered under three topics. The first part, which is about the transitory world and its depravities, has three chapters, each containing several sections in turn. The second volume has a part (i.e. the second Bāb) and 8 sections. The scond part is about the human life, gathered under 5 topics.
Language(s): Persian


Incipit: باب دویم از ابواب ثمانیه ابواب‌الجنان، بسمله. زلال مقالیکه از چشمه‌سار دل بجدول زبان جاری و بوستان جانفزای دین و ایمان بان آب‌یاری تواند شد چه میتواند بود جز حمد و ثنای خداوندی جلّت عظمته و عمّت نعمته که سلطان روحرا در مملکت بدن متمکن ساخته بر چاربالش عناصر اربعه تکیه داده است…
Explicit: … اگر برای دنیاست یعنی تحصیل مال و اسباب که زیاد از قدر ضرورتست پس بر او است قضا و اگرنه ملاقات خواهد نمود با خدای عزّوجل در حالیکه سبک گرفته و سهل شمرده و ضایع گردانیده سنّت رسول خدا را.
Colophon: تتمهٔ کتاب محتاج به تقلید است چون عبارت است از نماز نافله و صوم و اعتکاف و حج و غیره لهذا از اینجا نوشته نشد و فرصت نوشتن هم نبود. بتاریخ هشتم شهر شوال‌المکرم من شهور سنه ۱۲۹۸.


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 9

Similar copies in other libraries:

  • GIE, 2/5-6
  • GII, 3
  • MAL, 2/6-7
  • SEP, 3/30-31

Similar manuscripts listed in other catalogues:

  • FAM, 2/1518-1522
  • COM, 2/2210-2211
  • FAP, 1/145
  • ALZ, 1/76
  • DEN, 1/109

Printed editions:

  • Tehran, 1274, 1275, 1283, 1300, 1330, 1360 Hijrī AH
  • Tabriz, 1260, 1263, 1271 Hijrī AH
  • Lucknow, 1865

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Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Western (embossed stamp), natural buff, regular, one size / red titles, red lines above Quranic verses and hadiths.
Extent: 1 + 167 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 22 × 17.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 16 × 11.5 cm.


16 lines per page.


Shikastah nasta_liq, one hand, fairly large. Anonymous

Additions: End paper 1, pre-study prayers + religious stories.


Light brown leather, 18 × 23 cm, front + back cover, single layer of leather only; simple ruled tooling.


Origin: Unknown place of origin; 1298 AH; 1881 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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