Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 135 (The Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts Minasian Collection


Summary of Contents: This is a famous commentary on Alfīyah of Ibn Malik on Arabic syntax. Abū ʿAbd Allāh Muḥammad ibn ʿAbd Allāh al-Ṭāʾī al-Jīlānī known as Ibn Mālik composed a work including 1,000 couplets called 'Arjūzah' on Arabic syntax. This 1000-couplet composition in syntax is known as Alfīyah of Ibn Mālik. Numerous commentaries and annotations have been written on this work, that are listed in Kashf al-Ẓunūn. This work has always been a textbook used in Iranian religious schools and published several times in Iran and outside Iran.
Language(s): Arabic

Arabic language--Syntax

Incipit: بسمله، احمدک اللهم علی نعمتک و آلائک و اصلی و اسلم علی محمد خاتم انبیائک… امّا بعد فهذا شرح لطیف مزجته بالفیه ابن مالک مهذب المقاصد واضح المسالک… لم یسبقه الیها غیره من الشروح و سمیته بالبهجه المرضیه فی شرح الالفیه…
Explicit: … عند صدور اولو الالباب و قال ابن عبّاس رضی الله عنه ما اوتی عالم علما الا و هو شاب فالحمدلله هدانا لهذا و ما کنا لنهتدی لو لا ان هدینا الله لقد جاءت رسل ربنا… و بارک علی محمد و آله و اصحابه و ازواجه و ذرّیاته کما بارکت علی ابراهیم و علی آل ابراهیم فی العالمین انک حمید مجید و اختم و لنا بخیر و اصلح لنا… و سایر المسلمین برحمتک یا ارحم الراحمین و یا اکرم الاکرمین.
Colophon: … سنه ۱۲۲۰.


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 117

Similar copies in other libraries:

  • NLI, 16/203, 15/175
  • SEP, 3/263

Similar manuscripts listed in other catalogues:

  • ARP, 134
  • DEN, 2/554

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Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Western paper (watermark), natural buff, varying thickness (thin, regular and thick), one size, glossy. Rubricated titles; rubricated line above Alfīyah excerpts; papers damaged by water and smeared by oil. Folios 1 and 2 are newly written.
Extent: 2+88 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 20 × 15 cm.
Dimensions (written): 13.5 × 8 cm.


19 lines per page.


Graceful cursive Naskh, several hands, regular hand; annotated (Nastaʿalīq in Persian). Anonymous

Additions: Prayers and study spells + prayer and worship principles on ff. 1a-2a. Ownership note eliminated. Oval stamp on f. 1a: اذا جاء نصرالله ۱۲۲۲ . Oval, illegible stamp on f. 88a.


Black leather, 16 × 21 cm, front + back cover, leather + pasteboard.


Back cover detached from the copy; head band and stitching in disarray.


Origin: Unknown place of origin; 1220 AH; 1806 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.


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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