Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 220 (The Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts Minasian Collection


Summary of Contents: The principles of Islamic jurisprudence are compiled in this work with an argumentative and comprehensive methodology in two volumes: volume 1, on "mabādī-i lughavīyah va mabāḥis̱-i ʾalfāẓ" , and volume 2, on "adillah-'i ʿaqlīyah va sharʿīyah" .
Language(s): Arabic

Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence

Incipit: بسمله، المنهج العاشر فی ادله الشرعیه و فیه مطالب. مقدمه تشتمل علی امور الاول الدلیل الغه فعیل بمعنی فاعل و عند الفقها کما فی النهایه و فیه نظر ما یمکن ان یتوصی…
Explicit: … وصلات الدنیا بل عن التوبه و الانابه و ابتلی بعملی و ایدی الاحیه عنّی منقطعه اعوذ بالله سبحانه منه و من امثاله
Colophon: در روز سه‌شنبه اجزاء آخر این کتاب بدست محمد کدکنی تمام شد فی تاریخ شهر ذیحجه الحرام ۱۲۷۹.


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 67

Similar copies in other libraries:

  • MAJ, 28/43
  • MNL, 5/34
  • UTL, 16/677

Similar manuscripts listed in other catalogues:

  • ALZ, 2/97
  • DEN, 1/837

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Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Western paper (watermark), natural buff, varying thickness (thin, regular, thick), glossy. Papers of the first part of the copy are older. Rubricated titles. The last folio is missing and its content is rewritten by another scribe.
Extent: 232 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 30 × 19.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 20.5 × 11 cm.


32 lines per page.


Graceful Nastaʿaliq and cursive Naskh, two hands, regular hand. Titles are blank. Kadkanī, Muḥammad کدکنی، محمد Muḥammad Kadkanī is the scribe of the copy's second part, but there is no name of the first part's scribe. The first part is older.

Additions: ‌Note about the comparision on the last folio: بلغت تصحیح هذه النسخه الشریفه مع بعض اخوانه حتی فرغت من تصحیح مع… آقا سید محمد… فی لیله العاشر من شهر شوال المکرم سنه ۱۲۸۱ . There is a second note on the last folio from a religious student called Shaykh Ḥasan Qumī in 1282, who points out to his studentship in Iṣfahan.


Black leather, 20 × 31 cm, front + back cover, leather + pasteboard.

Simple tooling (medallion and 4 half-medallion).


Damage to the cover's decoration.


Origin: 1279 AH; The first part is older. 1862 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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