Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 416 (The Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts Minasian Collection


Summary of Contents: This is a famous commentary on Alfīyah of Ibn Malik on Arabic syntax. Abū ʿAbd Allāh Muḥammad ibn ʿAbd Allāh al-Ṭāʾī al-Jīlānī known as Ibn Mālik composed a work including 1,000 couplets called 'Arjūzah' on Arabic syntax. This 1000-couplet composition in syntax is known as Alfīyah of Ibn Mālik. Numerous commentaries and annotations have been written on this work, that are listed in Kashf al-Ẓunūn. This work has always been a textbook used in Iranian religious schools and published several times in Iran and outside Iran.
Language(s): Arabic

Arabic language--Syntax

Incipit: بسمله، احمدک اللهم علی نعمتک و آلائک و اصلی و اسلم علی محمد خاتم انبیائک… امّا بعد فهذا شرح لطیف مزجته بالفیه ابن مالک مهذب المقاصد واضح المسالک… لم یسبقه الیها غیره من الشروح و سمیته بالبهجه المرضیه فی شرح الالفیه…
Explicit: … عند صدور اولو الالباب و قال ابن عبّاس رضی الله عنه ما اوتی عالم علما الا و هو شاب فالحمدلله هدانا لهذا و ما کنا لنهتدی لو لا ان هدینا الله لقد جاءت رسل ربنا… و بارک علی محمد و آله و اصحابه و ازواجه و ذرّیاته کما بارکت علی ابراهیم و علی آل ابراهیم فی العالمین انک حمید مجید و اختم و لنا بخیر و اصلح لنا… و سایر المسلمین برحمتک یا ارحم الراحمین و یا اکرم الاکرمین.
Colophon: و قد فرغت من تسوید هذاالکتاب… فی شهر ذی‌الحجه الحرام سنه اثنا و ثلثون مئتان بعد الالف من الهجره النبویه سنه ۱۲۳۲


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 118

Similar copies in other libraries:

  • NLI, 16/203, 15/175
  • SEP, 3/263

Similar manuscripts listed in other catalogues:

  • ARP, 134
  • DEN, 2/554

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Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Western paper (watermark), natural buff and pistachio, varying thickness (thin, regular and thick), one size.
Extent: 164 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 21 × 17 cm.
Dimensions (written): 14 × 9 cm.


15 lines per page.


Graceful Naskh, several hands, regular hand; annotated (Nastaʿalīq); comment-text book. Anonymous


Rubricated titles; rubricated line above Alfīyah excerpts.

Additions: Persian poetry on f. 1a. Oval stamp on f. 1a-1b: عبدالله عطاء . Oval, illegible stamp.


Black leather, 18 × 22 cm, front + back cover, single layer of leather only.

Tooled, ruled edges.


Head band in disarray.


Origin: Unknown place of origin; 1232 AH; 1720 CE

Provenance and Acquisition

Donated to The Ferdowsi Library by Dr Caro Minasian in 1972.

Record Sources

This record was created by Dr Mohammad Emami based on the information published in the Persian catalogue by Dr Ali Mir-Ansari (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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