Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 48 (The Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts Minasian Collection


A collection of 3 books on different subjects.

1. ff. 1b-163a
Language(s): Arabic


This book is one of the foundations of the Islamic jurisprudence. A set of jurisprudential principles are discussed therein from which the provisions of Islamic jurisprudence can be derived. These principles are of ultimate importance for the jurists who use them to figure out jurisprudential provisions through a comparative method. The author frequently discusses methodological topics in a digressive way and shows how these topics can lead the jurist to infer a subsidiary religious provision.

Many appendices, glosses and commentaries have been written for this book, including "Jāmiʿ al-Maqāṣid", "Kashf al-Lis̱ām" and "Miftāḥ al-Kirāmah". It is said that the jurisprudential topics discussed in this book reaches an appoximate number of 660. Allāmah Ḥillī wrote this book around the time he was entering his sixth decade of life (about the year 698) upon a request from his son, Muḥammad Fakhr al-Muḥaqqiqīn.

Incipit: بسمله، حمدله، اما بعد فهذا كتاب قواعد الاحكام فی معرفة الحلال و الحرام لخصت فيه لب الفتاوی خاصة و بينت فيه قواعد الاحكام الخاصه… و قد رتبت هذا الكتاب علی عدة كتب كتاب الطهارة…
Explicit: … لو دفع اليه مالا و قال اصرف بعضه الزيد و الباقی لك فمات قبل الدفع انغزل و لو قال ادفع اليه بعد موتي لم ینغزل.
Colophon: قد تشرف باتمام هذه النسخه سنه ۱۰۱۳.


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 737
2. ff. 163b-166a
Language(s): Persian


The book was written in the year 1648, and was presented to Shāh ʿAbbās II. Mullā Muḥsin says that 'I had written a treatise entitled Z̤iyāʾ al-Qalb in Arabic on the topic of how to recognise the articulate self of human and treat it in accordance with the provisions. When the Shāh learned of it, I decided to transalte its summary to present to his majesty. As it was attributed to the Shāh, I called it Āyīnah-'i Shāhī'. After this statement, he continues on his content in the treatise about wisdom, tradition and custom into the strata of provisions.

Incipit: بسمله، حمدله، سپاس شایسته و ستایش بایسته سزاوار نثار پروردگاری… امّا بعد چون خاطر اشرف نواب… شاه عباس ثانی… متوجه شنیدن سخنی چند بود… داعی کمترین محمد بن مرتضی المدعو بالمحسن… رساله‌ای بزبان تازی نوشته بود موسوم بضیاء القلب… خلاصهٔ آنرا مترجم ساخته تحفهٔ آن مجلس بهشت آیین نمود… و منسوب بشاه دین‌پرور موسوم بآیینه شاهی نمود…
Explicit: … در تاریخ تصنیف گفته شد برسم تعمیه: آیینه جان برگیر از مکمن غیب دل / کایینه شاهی را تاریخ شود حاصل.
Colophon: None.


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 6

Similar copies in other libraries:

  • MAL, 2/3-5
  • UTL 16/416
  • MNL, 4/215

Similar manuscripts listed in other catalogues:

  • ALZ, 1/53
  • FAP, 1/7
  • DEN, 1/88

On the Web:

3. ff. 166b-168a
Language(s): Persian


This is a brief treatise on potentials of days based on hadiths from the Shiʾa infallible Imams (AS) and credible principles from astronomers, which are collected under two sections: the first section discusses the potentials of times taken from the hadiths by the Shiʾa infallible Imams (AS) and consists of fourteen chapters, while the second section covers the potentials of hours taken from the credible principles presented by astronomers, consisting of three chapters.

Incipit: بسمله، دمبدم و نفس بنفس هزاران سپاس و ستایش مر خدایرا که پروردگار جهانیان است… چنین گوید محسن بن مرتضی… که این رساله‌ایست موسوم به معیار الساعات…
Explicit: … این بود آنچه اراده داشتیم درین کتاب ایراد مینمائیم معیارالساعات بانجام آمد. والحمدالله…||
Colophon: سنه ۱۱۴۱.


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 876

Similar copies in other libraries:

  • MAL, 5/373
  • MNL, 19/136
  • UTL, 4/949

Similar manuscripts listed in other catalogues:

  • ALZ, 21/279
  • DEN, 9/941

On the Web:

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Western paper with watermark, natural buff, regular, varying sizes, glossy; rubricated titles with red ink; water damage on some folios. Western paper with watermark, natural buff, varying thickness (regular, thick), glossy. Western paper with watermark, natural buff, regular, one size, glossy; rubricated titles; rubricated line above names, hadiths, quranic verses and some terms; water damage.
Extent: 168 ff. 29 × 19 cm. 19.5 × 13 cm. 29 × 19 cm. 25 × 17 cm. 29 × 19 cm. 27 × 18 cm.


ff. 1b-163a ff. 163b-166a ff. 166b-168a


ff. 1b-163a

ff. 163b-166a

ff. 166b-168a


Naskh and nastaʿliq, two hands, relatively large hand. Graceful naskh, regular, one hand. Shikastah nastaʿliq, regular, one hand. Anonymous Anonymous Anonymous

Additions: "ʿAbduhū Aḥmad bin Muḥammad Muḥsin". Oval stamp; the stamp's impression torn on the fly leaf 1 Note on the fly leaf 1, ownership, 1259; a second miscellaneous note.


Light brown leather, 20 × 30 cm, front + back cover, leather + pasteboard.


Origin: Unknown place of origin 1013 AH 1604 CE Unknown place of origin 1141 AH 1729 CE Unknown place of origin 1141 AH 1729 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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