Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 44 (The Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts Minasian Collection


A collection of two books on different subjects.

1. ff. 1a-421a
Language(s): Arabic

Islamic jurisprudence

This work contains 5963 hadiths. It is one of the Four Books and one of the most credible Shiite books which is compiled in six volumes. Since its time of creation, it has always been acknowledged and received by Shiite scholars, who have continously refered to and cited from it in their short or long hadith collections. Shaykh Ṣaddūq has authored this book upon a request from one of the sayyids of the city of Balkh, called Sharīf al-Dīn Abū ʿAbd Allāh Muḥammad bin Ḥusayn, known as Niʿmat. He had requested Shaykh Ṣaddūq to write a book on Islamic jurisprudence similar to the medical book of Muḥammad ibn Zakariyā Rāzī, called "Man lā yaḥz̤uruh al-ṭabīb", so that it can be used by people who have no access to scholars and jurists.

Incipit: بسمله. و به نستعین و نتوکل. اللهم انی احمدک و اشکرک و اومن بک و اتوکل علیک و اقر بذنبی الیک… قال الشیخ… ابوجعفر محمد بن علی بن الحسین بن بابویه القمی مصنف هذا الکتاب… بکتاب من لا یحضره الفقیه…
Explicit: … و خذک من خذلهم اللهم من کان له من انبیاءک… سلک تقتل و اهل بیت فعلی و فاطمه و الحسن و الحسین و اهل بیتی فاذهب عنهم الرجس و طهرهم تطهیرا.
Colophon: تم کتاب من لا یحضره الفقیه تالیف الشیخ السعید الفقیه الصدوق… ابی جعفر محمد بن علی ابن الحسین بن موسی بن بابویه القمی نزیل الری… و کان الفراغ منه یوم الاثنین من السادس عشر شهر جمادی الثانی سنه ۱۰۹۶ ست و تسعین بعد الالف کتبه محمد شفیع الحسینی.


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 903

Similar copies in other libraries:

  • MAJ, 5/4108, 7/5656, 24/395

Similar manuscripts listed in other catalogues:

  • ALZ, 22/232
  • DEN, 8/506

Printed editions:

  • Tehran, 1388 Shamsī/2009

On the Web:

2. ff. 421b-439a
Language(s): Arabic

Rijāl (Biographical evaluation)

While authoring the book of "Man lā yaḥz̤uruh al-faqīh", the author made efforts to abridge his work, therefore he collected the Rijāl of Asānīd in a separate volume. This work is also known as "Rijāl man lā yaḥz̤uruh al-faqīh", "Mashīkhah al-faqīh" or "Mashīkhah man lā yaḥz̤uruh al-faqīh".

Incipit: بسمله، یقول محمد بن علی بن الحسین بن موسی بن بابویه القمی مصنّف هذا الکتاب رحمه الله کلما کان فی هذا الکتاب عن عمار بن موسی الساباطی فقد رویته عن ابی و محمد بن الحسن بن احمد بن ولید رضی الله عنهما عن سعد بن عبدالله عن احمد بن الحسن بن علی ابن فضّال…
Explicit: … و ما کان فیه عن سعد بن طریف الخفاف فقد رویته عن ابی رضی الله عنه عن سعد بن عبدالله عن الهیثم بن ابی مسروق الهندی عن الحسین بن علوان عن عمر ابن ثابت عن سعد بن طریف الخفاف. تمت اسانید کتاب من لا یحضره الفقیه… یقول محمد بن علی بن موسی بن بابویه القمی مصنف هذا الکتاب قد سمع… ابو عبدالله محمد بن الحسن العلوی الموسوی المدینی المعروف بنعمه… و تسدیده هذا الکتاب من اوله الی آخره بقراءتی علیه و رتبه و له عن مشایخی المذکورین و ذلک بارض بلخ من ناحیه ایلاق و کتبت بخطی… و ذلک فی ذی‌القعده من سنه اثنتین و سبعین و ثلثمائه.
Colophon: و قد وقع الفراق من تحریره فی شهر شوال سنه ست و تسعین بعد الف من الهجره… کاتبه… محمد شفیع الحسینی الیزدی.


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 62

Similar copies in other libraries:

  • NLI, 10/271
  • GIP, 176-177
  • MNL, 9/11

Similar manuscripts listed in other catalogues:

  • ALZ, 21/72
  • DEN, 1/715

Printed editions:

  • Beirut, 2004

On the Web:

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Western paper (watermark), natural buff, regular thickness. Rubricated titles. Western paper (watermark) + Oriental paper, plain and dark buff, regular thickness, one size. Rubricated titles. Rubricated line above Quranic verses and hadiths. Water damage on some folios; edge mending of folios.
Extent: 439 ff. 28 × 19 cm. 19 × 10.5 cm. 19 × 10.5 cm.


ff. 1a-421a ff. 421b-439a


23 lines per page.

ff. 1a-421a

23 lines per page.

ff. 421b-439a


Calligraphic Naskh, one hand, regular hand. Cursive, gracefull Naskh, one hand, regular hand. Annotated, Nastaʿalīq, Shikastah Nastaʿalīq. Ḥusaynī, Muḥammad Shafīʿ حسینی، محمد شفیع

Additions: Oval, illegible stamp. > Rectangular stamp: جعفر . > > Oval stamp on f. 421b and f. 430a: عبده محمد الحسینی .


Maroon leather, 29 × 20 cm, front + back cover, leather + pasteboard.

Tooled cover (medallion and two half-medallions); ruled.


Corrosion of the edges of the cover.


Origin: Unknown place of origin 1096 AH 1685 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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