Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 457 (The Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts Minasian Collection


A collection of two books on different subjects.

1. ff. 1b-33b
Language(s): Persian and Arabic


In Minasian collection, there are 19 manuscripts under the generic title of Adʿīyah [Prayers]. The reason is that their individual titles have remained unknown for different reasons, including defective incipits and explicits.

Incipit: قبل از شروع بدعای سمات بگویند سبحانک لا اله الا انت…
Explicit: و صلی الله علی محمد و آله اجمعین.||
Colophon: None.


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 39
2. ff. 35a-41a
Language(s): Persian


This is a work on divinatory methods for Quran, along with some circles and tables describing how to achieve your needs from different Surahs.

Incipit: چنین گوید ترجمهٔ این رساله علی ابن محمد عفی الله که حضرت امام رضا بجهت مامون بعربی تضمین فرمود بود آنچنان…
Explicit: … در بنا کردن عمارت صبر کن / ار سلطان عرب باشی انشاءالله
Colophon: None.


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 664

Similar copies in other libraries:

  • MAJ, 34/191

Similar manuscripts listed in other catalogues:

  • DEN, 7/849

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Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Western paper (plain), buff (plain, dark), varying thickness (regular, thin), one size, glossy. Rubricated titles. Western paper (plain), natural buff, varying thickness (regular, thin), one size, glossy. Rubricated titles.
Extent: 41 ff. 13 × 8.5 cm. 9 5 10 × 6.5 cm.


ff. 1b-33b ff. 35a-41a


8 lines per page.

ff. 1b-33b

13 lines per page.

ff. 35a-41a


Graceful Naskh, one hand, fairly large hand. Shikastah Nastaʿlīq, one hand, regular hand. Anonymous

Additions: > > >


Light brown leather, 9 × 14 cm, front + back cover, leather + pasteboard.

Ruled, tooled edge.


Origin: 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.


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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