Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 254 (The Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts Minasian Collection


Summary of Contents: Jurjānī wrote a book in medicine in 504 AH/1111 and dedicated it to Sultān Quṭb al-Dīn Abū al-Fatḥ Muḥammad ibn Khvārazmshāh, giving it the title of 'Ẕakhīrah-'i Khvārazmshāhī'. A while later, he himself summarized the book for ʿAlāʾ al-Dīn Atsiz, the son of Khvārazmshāh, as ordered by his minister, Abū Muḥammad Ṣāḥib ibn Muḥammad Bukhārāyī, and gave it the title of al-ʾAghrāz̤ al-Ṭibbīyah. Jurjānī put this work together in five parts, calling each part a book as well. These 'books' are: (1) اندر یاد کردن حدّ طب (2) اندر حفظ الصحه (3) اندر معالجات (4) اندر ادویهٔ مفرده and (5) اندر قرابادین . al-ʾAghrāz̤ al-Ṭibbīyah was later contracted again by its author and took the title of 'Khafī-i ʿAlāyī'. The current copy continues to the end of the 7th topic of the chapter 18 of the third book.
Language(s): Persian


Incipit: بسمله، توکلت…، حمد له، بباید دانست هر که بمجلس پادشاهی وسیلت خواهد جست یا خدمتی یا تحفهٔ عرض خواهد کرد و هیچ وسیلت و خدمت و هیچ تحفه‌ای چون تحفهٔ علمی نیست… خاصه پادشاهی چون خداوند و خداوندزادهٔ ملک عالم عادل علاءالدین فخر السلاطین…
Explicit: … شراب انگوری، عصیرهٔ انگور بگیرند بر هر ده من عصیر ده استیر داروی کوفته و در کویی بسته درافکنند و بگذارند تا شراب شود دارو اینست…||
Colophon: None.


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 77

Similar copies in other libraries:

  • GIE, 1/23
  • SEP, 3/173
  • UTL, 8/28, 10/1849, 14/3881
  • AQR, 3/141, 241

Similar manuscripts listed in other catalogues:

  • FAM, 1/473
  • COM, 1/486
  • FAP, 1/423
  • DEN, 2/59-60

Printed editions:

  • Tehran, 1345 Shamsī/1966
  • Tehran, 1384/2005

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Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Western paper (watermark and plain), natural buff, varying thickness (thin, regular, thick), one size, glossy. Titles and medicine names are rubricated. Papers are damaged by water and corrosion.
Extent: 412 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 26 × 14.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 19 × 10.5 cm.


18 lines per page.


Cursive Nastaʿalīq, several hands, regular hand. Marginalia in an script which is seemingly Armenian, probably written by Dr Caro Minasian. Anonymous Initial and final folios are newly written.



Black, simple cardboard, 15.5 × 27 cm, front + back cover.


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


Origin: 12-13th century AH; 18-19th 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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