Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 14 (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: بهترین مقالی که سرخیل کاروان فنون محاورت تواند بود و خوشترین کلامی که بشادابی لالی کلماتش تیغ زبان بیانرا آبگیری تواند نمود حمپ ثنای یگانه‌ایست جلّ شأنه…
Explicit: … از این قبیل سخنان بشاشت‌انگیز مطایبه‌آمیز بسیار وسیلهٔ استخلاص گناه‌کاران میشود… توفیقات خود به هفت صفات کمال آراسته، همیشه منظور نظر لطف و عنایت با نهایت خود سازد بحمد واله اجمعین الطیبین الطاهرین المعصومین.
Colophon: تمت الکتاب بعون الملک الوهاب… هر که خواند این حقیر فقیر… را بفاتحه یاد و شاد فرماید… کتبه الفقیر الحقیر عاصی… اتمام این کتاب فی یوم یکشنبه ۱۸ شهر شوال المکرم ۱۲۵۴ باتمام رسید.


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 8

Similar copies in other libraries:

  • GIE, 2/5-6
  • GIP, 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 (watermark), natural buff, regular, one size, glossy. ⟨Edge mending of the first folio and final folio.⟩
Extent: 241 + 1 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 29.5 × 19 cm.
Dimensions (written): 21 × 12.5 cm.


21 lines per page.


Nasta_liq mixed with Shikastah, regular, one hand. Anonymous


Rubricated titles and lines above Quranic verses and hadiths.

Additions: "ʿAbduh al-Rājī Muḥammad Javād bin Muḥammad Jaʿfar 1250". «عبده‌الراجی محمدجواد بن محمدجعفر ۱۲۵۰. Oval stamp on the end paper. "[...] Shab-i Shanbah hifdahum-i māh-i Ramaz̤ān al-mubārak kātib al-ḥurūf... Zayn al-ʿĀbidīn Sākin qaryah-'i ...". «[...] شب شنبه هفدهم ماه رمضان‌المبارک کاتب‌الحروف… زین‌العابدین ساکن قریهٔ …». Some parts of the note at the end of the manuscript are worn off.


Black leather, 20 × 30 cm, front + back cover, leather+pasteboard

Simple tooling (medallion + 2 finials)


Edges of the cover and its ornaments are destroyed; back bone mending with fabric.


Origin: Unknown place of origin; Sunday, 18 Shavval 1254 AH; 1838 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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