Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 504 (The Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts Minasian Collection


Summary of Contents: In Minasian collection, the generic title of Akhlāq [Ethics] is given to a number of brief treatises that have defective incipits and explicits, hence lacking title and author information. They all, however, have the genral topic of ethics in common.
Language(s): Persian


Title: [Akhlāq]
Incipit: ||… از فاروق اعظم رضی‌الله عنه منقولست که گفت هرگز امارت را دوست نداشتم مگر در آنروز چون آنسرور از خیمه بیرون آمد…
Explicit: … و لا تحسبن الله غافلا عما یعمل الظالمون انما یوخرهم یوم تشخص فیه الابصار و کلام یکی از اکابر است که…||


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 24

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Oriental paper, natural buff, regular thickness. Rubricated titles. Corrosion in paper.
Extent: 82 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 20.5 × 11.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 16 × 8 cm.


17 lines per page.


Cursive Nastiʿaliq, Shikastah Nastiʿaliq, regular hand, two hands. Anonymous


Brown leather, 21 × 12 cm, front + back cover, single layer of leather only.

Simple tooling (medallion and half-medallion); ruled, tooled edge.


General damage to the cover and its decorations; cover nearly detached from the copy.


Origin: 13th century AH; 19th century CE ; Unknown place of origin

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.

Funding of Cataloguing

Wadham College (University of Oxford)



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