Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 18 (The Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts Minasian Collection


Summary of Contents: This is an account containing 40 hadiths on ethical and worship matters cited from Shiite Imams that Shaykh Bahāʾī completed on 13 Ṣafar 995 in Iṣfahān. The work is devided into 40 sections under 40 hadiths. The sections/hadiths include: "Reward for memorizing Arbaʿūn ḥadīs̱ā" (first hadith), "Attributes of the Friends of Allāh" (second hadith), "Importance of the priority times for prayers" (third hadith), ... "Ablution of Amīr al-Muʾminīn" (fifth hadith), ... "Importance of Ḥajj" (tenth hadith), ... "Disparage of the worship of idolatry and love in the world" (twentieth hadith), ... "An account of inhibitions cited from the Prophet of God" (thirtieth hadith), ... "Fate of the believers' spirits after death" (fortieth hadith). The work has been taken seriously as of its creation time, so as there have since been many commentaries, annotations, and translations created for it.
Language(s): Arabic


Title: Arbaʿīn
Incipit: ان احسن حدیث تجلی اللسان بجواهر حقایقه و خیر خبر تجلی الانسان فی زواهر حدایقه… و بعد فان الفقیر الی الله الغنی بهاءالدین محمد العاملی… یقول ان اعظم المطالب و المفاخر بعد ایمان بالله و الیوم الاخر هو ما یتوصل به الی السعاده الابدیه… و صرف فیه لیله و نهاره و هذه اربعون حدیثا من طرق اهل بیت…
Explicit: … اتفق الفراغ من شقه شقه ضحوه یوم الاثنین ثالثا العشر الثالث من ثانی شهور السنه الخامسه من العشر العاشر من المائه العاشره من الهجره سید المرسلین… علی ید مولفه…||
Colophon: None.

The work is given the name of "Sharḥ-i Arbaʿīn" at the outset of this copy.


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 50

Similar copies in other libraries:

  • NLI, 10/338-339
  • GIP, 17
  • GIE, 1/13, 2/12
  • MAJ, 1/10, 13/55, 14/201, 26/131-200-374

Similar manuscripts listed in other catalogues:

  • ALZ, 1/425-426
  • TAB, 11/85-87
  • ARP, 36
  • DEN, 609

Printed editions:

  • Qum, 1373 Shamsī AH

On the Web:

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Western paper (watermark), natural buff, varying thickness (thin, regular and thick), one size, glossy. Rubricated titles, rubricated line above some terms and expressions. The first folio is appended and newly written.
Extent: 186 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 18 × 10 cm.
Dimensions (written): 13.5 × 4.5 cm.


16 lines per page.


Cursive Nastaʿalīq, regular hand, one hand. Marginalia in Shikastah Nastaʿalīq and Shikastah. Anonymous

  • Persian poetry on f. 186b


Black leather, 11 × 19 cm, front + back cover, leather and pasteboard

Ruled, tooled edges.


Edge and back bone mending by maroon leather.


This cover has been damaged and replaced by a new, maroon leather case binding.


Origin: 11th-12th century AH; 17th-18th century CE ; Unknown place of origin

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.

Funding of Cataloguing

Wadham College (University of Oxford)


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