Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 424 (The Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts Minasian Collection

Collection 54

A collection of eleven works on different subjects

Physical Description

Extent: 182 ff.

Binding

Leather, brown, 13.5 × 19 cm, front + back cover, single layer of leather only.

History

Provenance and Acquisition

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

1) Persian Catalogue Sequence Number 854

Contents

Summary of Contents: The author says: the issues with some Arabic expressions are either formal and related to parsing, or semantic and related to meaning. The latter has been discussed in detail in Sharḥ-i Favāyid-i Ṣamadiyah. In this treatise, parsing issues will be discussed, with a little on semantic issues, in two sections: First on what is related to parsing, and second on what is related to meaning. This treatise was finished in the month of Dhu al-Qi'dah, 1118 H.
ff. 1b-24b
Language(s): Arabic

Rhetoric

Incipit: بسمله… الحمدالله الذی خلق الانسان و علم البیان و التبیان و هداه الی حل شکال الاشکال… اما بعد فیقول… بهاءالدین محمد الحسینی… ان اللغة قسمان بین اهل اللسان احدهما لفظی اعرابه مشکل و الاخر معنوی معناه مفصل و قد جمعت طرفا وافیا… من القسم الثانی من الالغاز فی شرحی علی الفوائد الصمدیه فی علم العربیه فحلت منه محل الطراز فاردت ان اجمع شیئا من القسم و بعض ما لا یتعلق بالاعراب من الثانی. و سمیته بالمطرز فی اللغز و رتبته علی قسمین: القسم فیما یتعلق بالاعراب…
Explicit: … تحقیق الحق و اصابه الصواب و کتب مولفه… بهاءالدین محمد الحسینی النائینی… فی ذیقعده الحرام لعام ثمانیه عشر و مائه و الف من هجرة النبویه.
Colophon: قد فرغت من تسوید هذه النسخة الشریفه فی محرم الحرام بعون الله الملک العلام.

References

Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 854

Similar Copies in Other Libraries:

  • MAJ 9/4003
  • MNL 4/192
  • UTL 8/459

Similar Copies listed in Other Catalogues:

  • ALZ 21/149
  • DEN 9/727

Physical Description

Support: Plain Western paper, buff, one size
Dimensions (leaf): 18 × 12.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 15.5 × 10.5 cm.

Collation

ff. 1b-24b

Layout

19 lines per page

Hand(s)

Nastaʿliq, regular, one hand. Rubricated titles, rubricated line above some expressions

History

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

2) Persian Catalogue Sequence Number 665

Contents

Summary of Contents: This work contains some of the regulations of the Islamic jurisprudence and disciplines in two introductions, thirty six 'Fāʾidah' and one conclusion.
ff. 25b-62b
Language(s): Arabic

Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence

Incipit: بسمله، الحمد لله رب العالمین حمداً لا یقوی علی احصائه الا هو و الصلوة علی محمد و اله الطاهرین… اما بعد فانه لما بعد العهد اعنی زمان الائمة علیهم السلم…
Explicit: … الصلوة الی الاوقات المکروهه بمکة یتعلق منها الله تعالی…||

References

Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 665

Similar Copies in Other Libraries:

  • MAJ 27/45
  • MNL 2/60
  • SEP 1/598

Similar Copies listed in Other Catalogues:

  • ALZ 16/330
  • DEN 7/1165

Physical Description

Support: Plain Western paper, buff, one size
Dimensions (leaf): 18 × 12.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 15.5 × 10.5 cm.

Collation

ff. 25b-62b

Layout

19 lines per page

Hand(s)

Calligraphic Naskh, regular, one hand. Some titles are in blue. Many titles are blank.

History

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

3) Persian Catalogue Sequence Number 227

Contents

Summary of Contents: This is a treatise on Jafr, in one introduction, three chapters and a conclusion.
ff. 63b-103b
Language(s): Persian

Jafr

Title: [Jafr]
Title: [جفر]
Incipit: بسمله، حمدله، و بعد چنین گوید عبدالصمد محمد بن میرزا محمد چون علم جفر صریح الفواید و صحیح القوائد بود زیرا که جملهٔ آن از ائمهٔ اطهار… و این رساله مشتمل است بر یک مقدمه سه فصل و یک خاتمه.
Explicit: … هر بار که عدد باتمام رسد از عقب آن بگوید اللهم انی ذکرتک بصفة…||

References

Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 227

Physical Description

Support: Plain Western paper, buff, one size
Dimensions (leaf): 18 × 12.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 15.5 × 10.5 cm.

Collation

ff. 63b-103b

Layout

10 lines per page

Hand(s)

Cursive Nastaʿliq, regular, one hand. Rubricated titles, rubricated line above some expressions. A few folios are newly written.

History

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

4) Persian Catalogue Sequence Number 735

Contents

Summary of Contents: A treatise on Jafr which is compiled in four chapters each in four sections. An ignorant scribe has written the title as 'Qudb al-Kashshāf'.
ff. 104a-129a
Language(s): Persian

Jafr

Incipit: بسمله، حمدله، بدانکه هر مبتدی پوشیده نماناد که آنچه بدین فقیر کم‌بضاعت در عالم سنه از حضرت دانیال بدین فقیر رسید شمه‌ای از ان بیان نمایم….
Explicit: … گفتم این صورت ندارد نمی‌بندد اگر شما جهد کنید سر جنگ خواهید خورد اختیار با شماست والله اعلم.

References

Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 735

Physical Description

Support: Plain Western paper, buff, one size
Dimensions (leaf): 18 × 12.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 15.5 × 10.5 cm.

Collation

ff. 104a-129a

Layout

12 lines per page

Hand(s)

Cursive Nastaʿliq, regular, one hand. Rubricated titles, rubricated line above some expressions.

History

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

5) Persian Catalogue Sequence Number 68

Contents

Summary of Contents: A brief treatise in a few folios including some terms of Jafr which are put together with no logical order.
ff. 129b-132b
Language(s): Arabic

Jafr

Incipit: بسمله، فی اصطلاحات الجفریه المحتاج الیها. ۱. حمل الکبیر عبارة عن حساب…
Explicit: … باطن الحروف علی باطنها او ضرب ظاهرها علی ظاهرها او ضرب الظاهر علی باطنها||

References

Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 68

Physical Description

Support: Plain Western paper, buff, one size
Dimensions (leaf): 18 × 12.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 15.5 × 10.5 cm.

Collation

ff. 129b-132b

Layout

14 lines per page

Hand(s)

Cursive Nastaʿliq, regular, one hand

History

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

6) Persian Catalogue Sequence Number 228

Contents

Summary of Contents: A brief treatise in a few folios containing some principles of Jafr which are put together with no logical order.
ff. 133b-135a
Language(s): Arabic

Jafr

Title: [Jafr]
Title: [جفر]
Incipit: بسمله الوسیط المجموع عبارة علی عدد الجمل ۳۱۵ الملفوظ …
Explicit: … عبارة عن اجتماع حروف الطالب اولا مع حروف مطلوبه ثانیاً||

References

Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 228

Physical Description

Support: Plain Western paper, buff, one size
Dimensions (leaf): 18 × 12.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 15.5 × 10.5 cm.

Collation

ff. 133b-135a

Layout

14 lines per page

Hand(s)

Cursive Nastaʿliq, regular, one hand

History

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

7) Persian Catalogue Sequence Number 37

Contents

ff. 135b-143b
Language(s): Persian and Arabic

Prayers

Incipit: بسمله یا دافع البلیات و یا مجیب الدعوات و یا قاضی الحاجات …
Explicit: … یا القدوس القدوس القدوس القدوس القدوس لا اله الا الله محمدا رسول الله علی ولی الله.

References

Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 37

Physical Description

Support: Plain Western paper, buff, one size
Dimensions (leaf): 18 × 12.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 15.5 × 10.5 cm.

Collation

ff. 135b-143b

Layout

10 lines per page

Hand(s)

Nastaʿliq, regular, one hand

History

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

8) Persian Catalogue Sequence Number 3

Contents

Summary of Contents: This is a collection of various customs that Muslims should perform in different Eids (Islamic day celebrations).
ff. 144b-156b
Language(s): Persian

Morality

Incipit: بسمله، السلام و علیکم ایها الحاضرون السلام علیکم ایها المؤمنون … روایتست در روز عید محافظت کنند و حقوق عید اینست که اول هر بنده …
Explicit: … آمرزش والدین دفع … برآمدن حاجات مبارکی روز روز عزیز را فاتحه.

References

Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 3

Physical Description

Support: Plain Western paper, buff, one size
Dimensions (leaf): 18 × 12.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 15.5 × 10.5 cm.

Collation

ff. 144b-156b

Layout

15 lines per page

Hand(s)

Cursive Nastaʿliq, regular, one hand

History

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

9) Persian Catalogue Sequence Number 72

Contents

Summary of Contents: Al-Maʾmūn, the Abbasid caliph, reqested from Imām Riz̤ā to state the principles of the religion for him. Imām Riz̤ā wrote this treatise in Tawḥīd (monotheism), ḥarām (the forbidden), ḥalāl (the permitted), and religious duties. This work is also known as "Rasālat al-Riz̤ā ilā al-Maʾmūn fī uṣūl al-dīn min al-Tawḥīd va al-z̤ilāl va al-ḥarām va al-farāʾiz̤ va al-sunan yā tamām al-sharīʿah al-Muṣṭafavīyah".
ff. 157b-164b
Language(s): Arabic

Principles of Islamic

Incipit: بسمله، حمدله، صلوة، اما بعد حدثنا ابوعلي بن محمد بن الحسين بن حسن بن فضل قال حدثنی احمد بن عیسی… ان المامون بعث الی علی ابن موسی الرضا…
Explicit: … الشریعة المصطفويه منقوله عن لسان الامام الهمام علی ابن موسي الرضا عليه السلام و علي آباء و اولاده المعصومين الطاهرين… برحمتک یا ارحم الراحمين.

References

Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 72

Similar Copies in Other Libraries:

  • MNL 6/145
  • NLI 5/7059
  • UTL 16/453

Similar Copies listed in Other Catalogues:

  • DEN 1/1079

Physical Description

Support: Plain Western paper, buff, one size
Dimensions (leaf): 18 × 12.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 15.5 × 10.5 cm.

Collation

ff. 157b-164b

Layout

14 lines per page

Hand(s)

Cursive Nastaʿliq, regular, one hand

History

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

10) Persian Catalogue Sequence Number 476

Contents

Summary of Contents: It is noted at the beginning of the copy that the content of this copy is "Sūrat al-vilāyat va al-nūr" whcih had been found in ancient sheets written by ʿAbd Allāh ibn Masʿūd.
ff. 165b-168a
Language(s): Arabic

Ḥadīs̱

Incipit: بسمله، يا ايها الذين آمنوا بنور من الذين انزلنا هما یتلون علیکم آیاتی و يحذرونکم عذاب يوم عظيم…
Explicit: … و علي الذين سلکوا مسلکهم مني رحمة و هم في الغروفات آمنون.

References

Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 476

Physical Description

Support: Plain Western paper, buff, one size
Dimensions (leaf): 18 × 12.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 15.5 × 10.5 cm.

Collation

ff. 165b-168a

Layout

10 lines per page

Hand(s)

Naskh, regular, one hand

History

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

11) Persian Catalogue Sequence Number 107

Contents

Summary of Contents: This is a copy of the versified 'Bakhtīyār'nāmah' whose poet was not identified due to the missing folios at its beginning and end.
ff. 169a-182b
Language(s): Persian

Poetry

Incipit: ||… سحرگاهان که خورشید خطایی / بعالم داد نورش آشنایی …
Explicit: … قضا را آنچنان بادی برآمد / که خاک تیره بر گردون برآمد …||

References

Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 107

Physical Description

Support: Plain Western paper, buff, one size
Dimensions (leaf): 18 × 12.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 15.5 × 10.5 cm.

Collation

ff. 169a-182b

Layout

15 lines per page

Hand(s)

Cursive Nastaʿliq, regular, one hand

History

Origin: Unknown place of origin; 13th century AH; 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

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Key to Abbreviations

  • ALZ: (الذریعه)
  • DEN: (فهرستواره دست‌نوشته‌های ایران - دنا)
  • FAW: (Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford - Minasian Collection)
  • MAJ: (Library, Museum and Documentation Center of the Islamic Consultative Assembly)
  • MNL: (Mar'ashi Najafi Library)
  • NLI: (National Library of Iran)
  • SEP: (Sepahsalar (Shahid Motahari) Mosque and School of Tehran)
  • UTL: (Central Library of University of Tehran)

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