Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 432 (The Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts Minasian Collection


Summary of Contents: The subject of this work is the occultation of Imam Mahdi, the disappeared Imam in Shia Islam. According to the author, he had noted in Nishabour, while on a return trip from Mashhad, that people are in doubt about the occultation of Imam Mahdi. Therefore, he decided to author a book to prove the occultation of Imam Mahdi using intellectual and narrative reasons. He completed this work in 354 AH/965, creating the book of 'Ikmāl a-Dīn va Itmām al-Niʿmah' in 62 chapters.
Language(s): Arabic

Kalām (Islamic Scholastic Theology)

The paper used for this copy is one of the highest quality Oriental papers in this collection.

Incipit: بسمله، حمدله،… قال الشیخ الفقیه محمد بن علی بن الحسین بن موسی بن بابویه مصنف هذا الکتاب… ان الذی دعانی الی تالیف کتابی هذا انی لما قضیت و طری من زیاره علی بن موسی الرضا… رجعت الی نیشابور و اقمت بها فوجدت اکثر المختلفین الی من الشیعه…
Explicit: … فقال عزوجل و من اضل فمن اتبع هواه بغیر هدی ان الله لا یهدی القوم الظالمین فقال فتعسا لهم و اضل اعمالهم و قال کبر مقتا عند الله و علی الذین آمنوا کذالک یطبع الله علی کل قلب متکبر جبار.
Colophon: تم تسوید الکتاب الموسوم بکمال الدین و تمام النعمه من تصانیف الشیخ الفقیه ابی جعفر محمد بن علی بن الحسینی بن بابویه القمی… لنصف مضی من شهر ذیحجه الحرام من شهور سنه خمس و ثمانین بعد الالف فی مدرسه الجلیلیه… بید افقر الطلبه ابن سلطان محمد امیر حسین.


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 78

Similar copies in other libraries:

  • NLI, 9/414
  • GIP, 36
  • MNL, 2/403, 9/239
  • AQR, 5/158
  • UTL, 5/1507
  • SEP, 5/207

Similar manuscripts listed in other catalogues:

  • ALZ, 2/238
  • ARP, 755
  • TAB, 4/287
  • DEN, 2/99

Printed editions:

  • Najaf, 1389 AH/1970

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Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Oriental paper, natural buff, varying thickness (thin, regular, thick), one size, glossy. Rubricated line above some terms and expressions. Back bone mending for some folios. The paper used for this copy is one of the highest quality Oriental papers in this collection.
Extent: 1+232 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 24.5 × 12.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 17 × 7.5 cm.


23 lines per page.

Additions: ‌Note on end paper 1: spell. Note on f. 1a: ownership. A note is wiped out on f. 1a. Rectangular stamp on f. 1a: … العلم … المومن . Oval stamp on f. 1a : … عبدالعلی .


Maroon leather, 13.5 × 25.5 cm, front + back cover, double layers, marble paper doublure.


Cover's edges destroyed; head band and stitching in disarray.


Origin: 1085 AH; 1674 CE ; Jalīlīyah Mosque

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)



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