Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 425 (The Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts Minasian Collection

Collection 55

A collection of four works on different subjects.

Physical Description

Extent: 161 ff.

Binding

Brown leather, 11 × 17 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 71

Contents

Summary of Contents: This is a treatise called ʾUṣūl-i dīn. The author describes the five principles of Islam in a succinct and simple way in five chapters: chapter 1, Oneness; chapter 2, Justice; chapter 3, Prophethood (Nubuvvah); chapter 4, Imāmah; and chapter 5, Resurrection.
ff. 1b-119b

Principles of Islamic jurisprudence

Language(s): Persian
Incipit: ||… و مرتب گردانیدم بر پنج باب. باب اول در توحید است و در آن چند فصل است فصل اول در اثبات وجود واجب تعالی شانه…
Explicit: … واجب است بر بندگان شکر حق تعالی بر نعمتهایش و حمدش بر کرم و آلایش و رضا در حالی بقدرش و قضایش پس بدرستیکه حق تعالی ولی هر چیزی است…
Colophon: فی ۱۶ صفر المظفر سنه ۱۲۷۱.

References

Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 71

Similar Copies in Other Libraries:

  • MAL 2/31
  • MNL 3/132
  • NLI 5/14289, 5/13807

Similar Copies listed in Other Catalogues:

  • ALZ 2/192
  • DEN 1086

On the Web:

Physical Description

Support: Western paper (Russian stamp), buff, regular thickness, glossy. Rubricated titles. Rubricated line above Arabic phrases.
Dimensions (leaf): 17 × 11 cm.
Dimensions (written): 10.5 × 6 cm.

Collation

ff. 1b-119b

Layout

15 lines per page

Hand(s)

Persian content in Nastaʿalīq and Arabic content in Naskh, regular hand, one hand.

Additions: Rectangular stamp on f. 1a: illegible.

History

Origin: Unknown place of origin; 1271 AH; 1855 CE

2) Persian Catalogue Sequence Number 404

Contents

Summary of Contents: While the work's title is not known, it is a collection of various hadiths quoted from the Prophet and ʿAlī ibn Abī Ṭālib.
ff. 120a-127a
Language(s): Arabic

Hadith

Title: Unknown
Incipit: ||بسمله، قال رسول‌الله ص قال لو ان الاشجار و اقلام و البحر من الارض…
Explicit: … و انه قسیم الجنه و النار و انه صعد ظهر رسول و رمی الصنم الکبیر من ظهر الکعبه.
Colophon: فی ۲۳ صفر المظفر ۱۲۷۱.

References

Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 404

Physical Description

Support: Western paper (Russian stamp), buff, regular thickness, glossy. Rubricated titles. Rubricated line above Arabic phrases.
Dimensions (leaf): 17 × 11 cm.
Dimensions (written): 10.5 × 6 cm.

Collation

ff. 120a-127a

Layout

15 lines per page

Hand(s)

Naskh, regular hand, one hand.

History

Origin: Unknown place of origin; 1271 AH; 1855 CE

3) Persian Catalogue Sequence Number 182

Contents

Summary of Contents: ʾAsrār al-shahādah is one of the works by Sayid Kāẓim Rashtī. Once on his return journey from Karbalā, while stopping in Qazvīn due to an illness, the author asked the translator - who was one of his followers - to translate this book into Persian. Upon a request from ʿAbd al-Vahhāb Qazvīnī, the book of Asrār al-shahādah sets out to describe and analyze the martyrdom of Ḥaz̤rat-i Imām Ḥusayn (sa) and the secrets of the Ṭaf event (Karbalā). It also includes some related hadiths and a comparative statement about some Quranic verses and the incidents of Āshūrā.
ff. 129b-133a
Language(s): Persian

History

Incipit: بسمله، حمد و ثنایی که فوایح روایح اخلاص و اختصاصش فیض اثمار جنت الماوی و طیب…
Explicit: … و بقدر مقدور بایضاح تعبیر معانی کوشیده تا مقصود آن مقصد. و صلی الله علیهم… اعوذ بالله من الشیطان الرجیم.

References

Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 182

Similar Copies in Other Libraries:

  • NLI 5/14990

Similar Copies listed in Other Catalogues:

  • DEN 1/779

On the Web:

Physical Description

Support: Western paper (Russian stamp), buff, regular thickness, glossy. Rubricated titles. Rubricated line above Arabic phrases.
Dimensions (leaf): 17 × 11 cm.
Dimensions (written): 10.5 × 6 cm.

Collation

ff. 129b-133a

Layout

15 lines per page

Hand(s)

Naskh, regular hand, one hand.

History

Origin: Unknown place of origin; 1271 AH; 1855 CE

4) Persian Catalogue Sequence Number 373

Contents

Summary of Contents: Sayid Kāẓim Rashtī, who was the second in rank after Shaykh Aḥmad Iḥsāʾī of Shaykhiyah, was questioned by a number of Shaykhiyah believers about their beliefs. He therefore authored this book in Arabic detailing their beliefs, as well as giving a biography of Shaykh Aḥmad Iḥsāʾī, the founder of Shaykhiyah faith, including his written works and permissions. The current copy is a Persian translation of the book by one of the author's followers, Muḥammad Raz̤ī bin Muḥammad Riz̤ā. It has been printed several times.
ff. 133a-161a
Language(s): Persian
Incipit: بسمله، حمدله، اما بعد چنین گوید بنده جانی و اسیر فانی کاظم ابن قاسم الحسینی الرشیدی که جناب مولای امجد و بزرگوار…
Explicit: … فی کربلا الحسین ع علیه و صلوات الله و سلامه شرف الله بشرف الاصول فانه غایة المامول و نهایة المسول. بتاریخ شب یازدهم شهر شوال المعظم تمام شد سنه ۱۲۵۸.

References

Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 373

Similar Copies in Other Libraries:

  • MAJ 45/112
  • MNL 2/40
  • UTL 17/411

Similar Copies listed in Other Catalogues:

  • ALZ 8/360
  • DEN 4/1247

On the Web:

Physical Description

Support: Western paper (Russian stamp), buff, regular thickness, glossy. Rubricated titles. Rubricated line above Arabic phrases.
Dimensions (leaf): 17 × 11 cm.
Dimensions (written): 10.5 × 6 cm.

Collation

ff. 133a-161a

Layout

15 lines per page

Hand(s)

Naskh, regular hand, one hand.

History

Origin: Unknown place of origin; 1271 AH; 1855 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)
  • 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)
  • MAL: (Malek National Museum and Library)
  • MNL: (Mar'ashi Najafi Library)
  • NLI: (National Library of Iran)
  • UTL: (Central Library of University of Tehran)

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