Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 417 (The Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts Minasian Collection

Collection 52

A collection of two works

Physical Description

Extent: 249 ff.

Binding

Brown leather, 15 × 23 cm, front + back cover, leather + pasteboard, brown leather doublure.

Decorated tooled edges; cover decorations removed; back bone mending by leather.

History

Provenance and Acquisition

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

1) Persian Catalogue Sequence Number 830

Contents

Summary of Contents: This is one of the most authoritative texts in Shiʿa jurisprudence. It contains all aspects of jurisprudence, with a sequence known to the authors within Shia discipline, namely Prayers, Contracts, Unilateral Obligations, and Precepts. The author provides a clear, explicit, and brief overview of the Shia jurisprudence in this book. Muḥaqqiq Ḥillī had a book called 'Sharāyiʿ al-Islām fī Masāyil al-Ḥalāl va al-Ḥarām' in jurisprudence. He abridged it some time later to create al-Nāfiʿ fī Mukhtaṣar al-Sharāyiʿ, which gained a reputation as al-Mukhtaṣar al-Nāfiʿ. Mukhtaṣar-i Nāfiʿ is a book in jurisprudence that Muḥaqqiq Ḥillī has compiled based on his own Fatwas, containing the most important Shia jurisprudential issues in a concise manner. The book includes a full course of Shia jurisprudence with very detailed definitions and discussions, which show the mastery of the author in the field. The author himself has written a commentary on this work, called by him as 'al-Muʿtabar'.
ff. 1b-225a
Language(s): Arabic

Principles of Islamic jurisprudence

Incipit: بسمله، الحمد لله الذی صغرت فی عظمته عبادة العالمین و حصرت عن شکر نعمته… فانی مورد لک فی هذا المختصر خلاصة المذهب المعتبر بالفاظ محبّره و عبارة محرره تظفرک…
Explicit: … الثالثه لا یفعل العاقله بهیمة و لا اتلاف مال و لا یختفی ضمانها با الجنایة علی الادمی حسب فهذا ما اردنا زکوة و قصدنا… تم الکتاب بعون الملک الوهاب.
Colophon: تم الکتاب النافع… من تصانیف الشیخ… ابی‌القاسم جعفر بن الحسن بن سعید الحلی… تم.

References

Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 830

Similar Copies in Other Libraries:

  • MAJ 2/407
  • MNL 2/212
  • NLI 7/73
  • UTL 5/1569

Similar Copies listed in Other Catalogues:

  • ALZ 20/213
  • DEN 9/257

Printed editions:

  • Tehran, 1387 AH/1967
  • Translated into Persian; Tehran, 1362 Shamsī/1983

Physical Description

Support: Oriental paper, natural buff, varying thickness (thin, regular and thick), glossy, varying sizes. Rubricated titles.
Dimensions (leaf): 22 × 14 cm.
Dimensions (written): 14 × 7.5 cm.

Collation

ff. 1b-225a

Layout

15 lines per page

Hand(s)

Cursive Naskh, three hands, regular hand Anonymous

Additions: Rectangular stamp: ناداً علی ۱۱۰۹ Rectangular stamp: علی قلی ۱۱۰۶ Octangular stamp: ای ناخدای هستی… Notes on the text in the marginalia. Ownership note.

History

Origin: Unknown place of origin; 11th century AH; 17th century CE

2) Persian Catalogue Sequence Number 88

Contents

Summary of Contents: This work contains a thousand answers to the queries about the duties for Islamic prayer (Ṣalāh), prepared in an introduction, three chapters, and a conclusion. The introduction is on "al-Ṣalāt al-Wājibah", the first chapter on "al-Muqaddamāt", the second chapter on "al-Muqārināt", and the third chapter on "al-Munāfīyāt",... Of the famous commentaries written on this work, one may refer to a book called "Sharḥ-i Alfīyat al-Shahīd" by Muḥaqqig Karakī.
ff. 226b-249b
Language(s): Arabic

Principles of Islamic jurisprudence

Incipit: بسمله، حمدله، اما بعد، فهذه رساله وجیزه فی فرض الصلوه اجابه لالتماس من طاعه حتم و اسعافه غنم والله المستعان و هی مرتبه علی مقدمه و فصول ثلثه و خاتمه. اما المقدمه فالصلوه الواجبه افعال المعهوده…
Explicit: … و المشتبه یزید علی الحاضر ثنائیه قبل المغرب و ثنائیه بعدها و ان کانت اربعا قضی الحاضر و المسافر الخمس و المشتبه یزید علی الحاضر ثنائیتین قبل المغرب و ثنائیه بعدها و فرضه التعیین و کذا لوفاته الخمس و اشتبه الیومان اجتزاء بالثمانی و لا یقضی الجمعه و العید و لا الایات لغیر العالم بها ما لم یستوعب الاحتراق و لو اطلق القضاء علی صلوه الطواف و الجنازه فمجاز و کذا النذر المطلق.

References

Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 88

Similar Copies in Other Libraries:

  • GIE 2/19
  • GIP 36-37
  • MAJ 10/280
  • MNL 1/53

Similar Copies listed in Other Catalogues:

  • ALZ 2/296, 6/22-26, 13/107-114
  • ARP 84
  • DEN 2/115
  • TAB 8/205

Printed editions:

  • Tehran, 1271, 1308, 1312 AH

Physical Description

Support: Oriental paper, natural buff, regular thickness, one size.
Dimensions (leaf): 22 × 14 cm.
Dimensions (written): 15 × 8.5 cm.

Collation

ff. 226b-249b

Layout

9 lines per page

Hand(s)

Cursive Naskh, one hand, regular hand. Marginalia (commentary on the text) in Nastaʿalīq. Anonymous

History

Origin: Unknown place of origin; 11-12th century AH; 18-19th century CE

Additional Information

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.

Availability

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 Abbreviations

  • ALZ: (الذریعه)
  • ARP: (فهرست کتاب‌های چاپی عربی)
  • DEN: (فهرستواره دست‌نوشته‌های ایران - دنا)
  • 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)
  • MAJ: (Library, Museum and Documentation Center of the Islamic Consultative Assembly)
  • MNL: (Mar'ashi Najafi Library)
  • NLI: (National Library of Iran)
  • TAB: (طبقات اعلام الشیعه)
  • UTL: (Central Library of University of Tehran)

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