Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 511 (The Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts Minasian Collection


Summary of Contents: This is one of the most important references of Shiite jurisprudence, compiled in 20 chapters and 15 thousands questions from ritual purity (Ṭahārah) to blood money and ransom (Diyat). The authoring of the work was completed in 676 or 696 AH/1277 or 1297. The author has written this work upon a request from his son, Fakhr al-Muḥaqqiqīn. Many explanatory volumes and commentaries have been written on this work so far, including "Majmaʿ al-Fāʾidah va al-Burhān" of Muqaddas Ardabīlī.
Language(s): Arabic


Incipit: بسمله، حمد له، … امّا بعد فانّ الله تعالی کما اوجب علی الولد الطاعه ابویه کذلک اوجب علیهما شفقه علیه بابلاغ مراداته فی الطاعات و تحصیل مآربه من القربات و لمّا کثر یطلب الولد… کتاب الطهارت والنظر فی اقسامها و اسبابها و ما تحصیل به…
Explicit: … فهذه خلایه ما افدناه فی هذه الکتاب و من ارداد التطویل بذکر الفروع و الادله و ذکر الخلاف الفعلیه بکتابنا المنتهی بمنتهی المطلب فانه بلغ الغایه و تجاوز النهایه و من اراد… غیر ذلک من کتبنا والله الموقف لکل خیر.
Colophon: تمت الکتاب بعون الله… علی ید الفقیر… محمد تقی بن آقا میرزای کوشلوان فومن… فی یوم السبت اثنی عشر من رجب المرجب من شهور سنه سبعه عشر و مائه بعد الالف من الهجره النبویه…


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 57

Similar copies in other libraries:

  • GIE, 1/14
  • SEP, 1/101-107
  • UTL, 3/1771, 5/1171
  • MAL, 1/29
  • NLI, 8/348, 9/146, 10/25, 14/280
  • MAJ, 10/641, 13/33, 26/42, 37/53, 38/442

Similar manuscripts listed in other catalogues:

  • ALZ, 1/50, 510, 6/14-17, 13/73-80
  • DEN, 1-657

Printed editions:

  • [Tehran], 1274 AH
  • Qum, 1410 AH

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Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Western paper (watermark), natural buff, varying thickness (thin and regular), one size, glossy. ⟨Water damage on the last 14 folios. Edge mending on the initial and final folios.⟩
Extent: 214 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 30.5 × 19 cm.
Dimensions (written): 21 × 10 cm.


14 lines per page.


Cursive, graceful Naskh, regular hand, three hands. Marginalia in Nastaʿalīq and Shikastah Nastaʿalīq; annotated. Kūshluvān Fūman, Muḥammad Taqī ibn Āqā Mīrzāy کوشلوان فومن، محمد تقی بن آقا میرزای


Rubricated titles.

Additions: ‌Note on f. 1a about financial matters, 1172 AH/1759. ‌Note on f. 214b about jurisprudential topics and Shiite Imams. Notes on the first end paper about financial matters and goods prices.


Black leather, 31.5 × 20 cm, front + back cover, leather + pasteboard.


Water damage on cover, resulting in the loss of quality. Edge mending and back bone mending by leather.


Origin: 12 Rajab 1117 AH; 1705 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 by Dr Mohammad Emami based on the information published in the Persian catalogue by Dr Ali Mir-Ansari (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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