Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 377 (The Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts Minasian Collection


Summary of Contents: Ikhtīyārāt-i ayyām is a general title for treatises outlining auspiciousness and inauspiciousness of days, weeks, New Year Day, months, hours and other essentials, extracted from relaiable sources. The most importnt sources available under the title of Ikhtīyārāt belong to ʿAllāmah Majlisī and Mullā Ḥusayn Kashifī. The authors of this copy and the manuscript No. 248/2 (FAW 17) are, however, both unknown, and the copies are also different to the works of Majlisī and Kashifī.
Language(s): Persian


Author: Unknown.
Incipit: ||… و دوره خود چند بار مقیم کردند یعنی در نظر چنان نماید که چند روز ایستاده‌اند و حرکت نمی‌کنند بعد از آن چند روز راجع کردند…
Explicit: … و اگر خواهد که در سفر توقف نماید باید که در برج ذو جسدین باشد و باید که نیرین بهم ناظر باشند و بطالع…||
Colophon: None.


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 18

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Western paper (watermark). Rubricated titles. Rubricated line above some words.
Extent: 26 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 16 × 11 cm.
Dimensions (written): 12 × 5.5 cm.


7 lines per page.


Graceful Nastaʿalīq, regular, one hand. Unknown

Additions: Oval stamp. «میرزا محمدعلی بن محمد»


No binding


Origin: Unknown place of origin; 13th century Hijrī AH.; 19th century. CE

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)


  • Astronomy
  • Astronomy, Arab


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