Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 506 (The Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts Minasian Collection


Summary of Contents: 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.
Language(s): Arabic

Arabic language--Grammar

Incipit: ||… و لا یلتام ما جرح اللسان و الکلم بکسر اللام جنس لا جمع اکثیر و تمره بدلیل قوله…
Explicit: … و جعلنا بعضهم فوق بعض و مررت بکل ای کل واحد و … ذلک و المقابله و هو …||
Colophon: None.


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 623

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Western paper (plain), oriental paper, plain and dark buff, varying thickness (thin, regular and thick), one size, glossy. Rubricated titles.
Extent: 137 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 18.5 × 12 cm.
Dimensions (written): 13 × 7 cm.


20 lines per page.


Naskh, Nataʿalīq, Shikastah Nataʿalīq, regular hands, several hands scribed in different years. Anonymous

Additions: Explanatory marginalia.


Brown leather, 15 × 21 cm, back cover only, leather+pasteboard

Textblock has been wrapped for protection in a card advertising Cholipin medicine, along with the board of a larger book. This board is covered with brown leather and decorated with 3 stamped inlaid almonds, originally painted bronze/gold.


Disarray in the head band and stitching


Origin: 11th century AH; 17th 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.


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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