Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 291 (The Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts Minasian Collection


Summary of Contents: This is a work written in an introduction and five parts on Shiite Scholastic Theology (Kalām) in honour of Shāh Sulṭān Ḥusayn Ṣafavī. The introduction briefly outlines the principles of the religion. The first part is on the Reasoning of the Existence of God in 12 chapters, the second on the God's Justice in 8 chapters, the third on Prophethood (Nubuvvah) in 6 chapters, the fourth on Imāmat in 6 chapters, and the fifth on Imāmat.
Language(s): Persian

Kalām (Islamic Scholastic Theology)

Incipit: بسمله، ثمره شجره عبارت‌آرایی حمد و ثنای حکیم حکمت‌آفرین است که شاهد زیبای یکتایی ذات منزه صفات بیمثالش در آن…
Explicit: … او را ای پروردگار من چنانکه مرضی باشد و خشنود باشی از او اگر از انبیا میراث نمی‌بود بابست که حضرت رسول…
Colophon: وقع الفراق من کتابته یوم الخمیس… جمادی‌الاولی من شهور سنه ۱۲۰۰.

Based on the available catalogues, the copies of this work are very limited in number.


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 69

Similar copies in other libraries:

  • MAJ, 48/303
  • MNL, 19/185

Similar manuscripts listed in other catalogues:

  • ALZ, 2/186

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Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Western paper (watermark), natural buff, regular thickness, one size, glossy. Rubricated titles.
Extent: 48 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 17 × 10.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 12 × 7 cm.


17 lines per page.


Graceful Nastaʿaliq and graceful cursive Naskh, two hands, regular hand. Titles are blank. Anonymous

Additions: Oval stamp: محمد صادق ۱۳۱۵ .


Black leather, 18 × 11 cm, front + back cover, leather + pasteboard.


Cover detached from the copy. Damage to the head band and stitching.


Origin: Jumādī al-avval 1200 AH; 1786 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.


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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