Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 438 (The Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts Minasian Collection


A collection of 3 books on different subjects.

1. ff. 1a-74a
Language(s): Persian

Arabic grammar

In the Minasian collection, there are a number of manuscripts under the generic title of [Ṣarf va Naḥv]. The subject of all of these copies is the grammar of Arabic language, but their titles and authors are unknown due to various reasons, including the missing of their opening or ending folios.

Incipit: بسمله، بسم الله ابتدا می‌کنم بنام خداوندی که مستجمع جمیع صفات و منزه است از نقصان و زوال… کسی می‌گوید که چرا اسم را مقدم داشته‌اند بر الله…
Explicit: … و نزد بعضی دیگر عامل دو صفت آن عامل است که در موصوف است پس عامل در عالم دو قول ما جاءنی است..
Colophon: تمت الکتاب علی ید … ابن عالیجناب آخند ملا محمد طاهر اسماعیل جیلانی فی یوم شهر ذی القعده بیست و چهارم یوم پنجشنبه فی سنه ۱۲۴۷ در مدرسه ام سلطان.


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 621
2. ff. 74b-82a
Language(s): Arabic


This work is a guideline for Islamic education. The book has an introdution and 12 chapters as listed below:

Chapter one, The nature of science and its prominence over other professions

Chapter two, The student's intent, who should stand up for seeking knowledge for the sake of the truth and the elimination of ignorance.

Chapter three, How to choose the scientific discipline, teacher and classmate

Chapter four, Seriousness and ambition for education

Chapter five, The time, quantity and order of the first lesson the student learns

Chapter six, Trust

Chapter seven, The time of learing science

Chapter eight, The benefit of a teacher's advice and affection

Chapter nine, How to take advantage of and use the teacher's time to recieve education

Chapter ten, Self-righteousness

Chapter eleven, A discussion on what can cause retention of memory or forgetfulness

Chapter twelve, About what can cause providing or losing of livelihood and sustenance

This book gained such an acceptability and reputation from the very time of its writing that it emerged as a textbook used in Islamic schools and seminaries, and it is also included in our time in the 'Jāmiʿ al-muqaddamāt', the most well-known elementary book of the students of religious sciences (seminary students). Many mentions of Sunni poets and scholars can be found in this book, with some of their poetry and advices. Some scribes have removed these poems and advices, and attributed the work to Khvājah Naṣīr al-Dīn Ṭūsī (597-672 AH / 1201-1273). This work contains 12 chapters, similar to many works attributed to Khvājah Naṣīr (in this copy, with an introduction).

Incipit: بسمله، احمد الله علي آلائه و اشکره علی نعمائه… امّا فکثیر من طلاب العلم لا یتیسر لهم التحصیل و ان اجتهدوا و لا ینفعوا… لأنهم اخطاط طریقه… فاردت ان ابين طريق التعليم علي سبیل علي ما رأیت فی الکتاب و سمعت فی اساتیدی… فابين المقصود فی فصول شئي الفصل الاول فی ماهیه العلم و فضله…
Explicit: الفصل الثاني عشر فيما يجلب الرزق… و اسباغ الوضوء و حفظ الصحه و لابدّ من أين یتعلم شيئا من الطب و یتبرک بالاثار الوارده فی الطب الذی جمعه الشیخ الامام ابوالعباس المستغفري فی کتابه المسمی بطب النبی یجده من یطلبه.
Colophon: تم الکتاب بعون الله الملک الوهاب علی ید حقیر عبادالله ابن ملامحمد طاهر اسماعیل جیلانی. تمام شد فی شهر ذالحجه الحرام دوازدهم فی سنه ۱۲۴۷.


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 5

Similar copies in other libraries:

  • GIE, 3/1
  • MNL, 3/318, 10/34, 12/720, 18/200, 16/114, 24/18, 28/64, 31/58, 34/366, 382.
  • MAJ, 3/406, 9/637
  • UTL, 16/382

Similar manuscripts listed in other catalogues:

  • ALZ, 1/26
  • COM, 2/919-920
  • ARP, 4
  • FAM, 2/1491-1492

Printed editions:

  • Tihrān, 1294, 1300, 1370 (Q.) and 1387 (Sh.)
  • Tabrīz, 1310.
  • Najaf, 1343 Q.

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3. ff. 82b-84b
Language(s): Persian

Arabic orthoepy (Tajweed)

This is a poem in Arabic orthoepy (Tajweed) in 72 verses which, according to the last verses of the poem, is composed in the year 949 Q. Several commentaries have been written in this poem. In addition to this treatise, Mukhtār Iṣfahānī has written two more treatises in Tajweed, called Mukhtār al-Qurāʾ and a Persian treatise in Tajweed (Risālah-i Fārsī dar Tajvīd).

Incipit: بسمله، ای کلام از اعظم نام تو زیور یافته / وز صفات وز سپاست زیبی دیگر یافته
Explicit: صاد و سین و زا صفیری هست او بی اعتدال…||


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 361

Similar copies in other libraries:

  • SEP, 4/409
  • MNL, 30/597
  • NLI, 16/369

Similar manuscripts listed in other catalogues:

  • ALZ, 8/59
  • DEN, 4/1139

On the Web:

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Western paper with watermark, natural buff, varying thickness (regular, thick, thin), glossy, leaves of varying sizes. Western paper (watermark), natural buff, varying thickness (regular, thick, thin), glossy, leaves of varying sizes, rubricated titles. Western paper (watermark), natural buff, one size.
Extent: 84 ff. 17 × 11.5 cm. 15 × 11.5 cm. 17 × 11.5 cm. 11.5 17 × 11.5 cm. 12 × 6.5 cm.


ff. 1a-74a ff. 74b-82a ff. 82b-84b


ff. 1a-74a

ff. 74b-82a

ff. 82b-84b


Cursive naskh, regular, several hands, small hand. Graceful naskh, regular, several hands. Cursive naskh and nastaʿliq, regular, two hands. Jaylānī, Ismāʿīl ibn mullā Muḥammad Ṭāhir. جیلانی، اسماعیل ابن ملا محمد طاهر. Jaylānī, Ismāʿīl ibn mullā Muḥammad Ṭāhir. جیلانی، اسماعیل ابن ملا محمد طاهر. Anonymous The colophons on other works included in the manuscript have this information: Scribe: Ākhund bin Mullā Muḥammad Ṭāhir Ismāʿīl Jaylānī; Date: 1247; Location: Madrasah-i Umm-i Sulṭān It is likely that this poem on Tajweed is also scribed by Ākhund Jaylānī.

Additions: [Oval] [illegible] Miscellaneous notes.




Origin: Madrasah-i Umm-i Sulṭān [Umm-i Sulṭān School] 24 Zī al-Qaʿdah 1247 AH 1832 CE Madrasah-i Umm-i Sulṭān [Umm-i Sulṭān School] 12 Zīḥajjah al-Ḥarām 1247 AH 1832 CE Unknown place of origin 13th century AH 19th century CE

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.


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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.


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