Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 514 (The Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts Minasian Collection

Contents

Summary of Contents: This is a famous commentary on Alfīyah of Ibn Malik on Arabic syntax. Abū ʿAbd Allāh Muḥammad ibn ʿAbd Allāh al-Ṭāʾī al-Jīlānī known as Ibn Mālik composed a work including 1,000 couplets called 'Arjūzah' on Arabic syntax. This 1000-couplet composition in syntax is known as Alfīyah of Ibn Mālik. Numerous commentaries and annotations have been written on this work, that are listed in Kashf al-Ẓunūn. This work has always been a textbook used in Iranian religious schools and published several times in Iran and outside Iran.
Language(s): Arabic

Arabic language--Syntax

Incipit: بسمله، احمدک اللهم علی نعمتک و آلائک و اصلی و اسلم علی محمد خاتم انبیائک… امّا بعد فهذا شرح لطیف مزجته بالفیه ابن مالک مهذب المقاصد واضح المسالک… لم یسبقه الیها غیره من الشروح و سمیته بالبهجه المرضیه فی شرح الالفیه…
Explicit: … عند صدور اولو الالباب و قال ابن عبّاس رضی الله عنه ما اوتی عالم علما الا و هو شاب فالحمدلله هدانا لهذا و ما کنا لنهتدی لو لا ان هدینا الله لقد جاءت رسل ربنا… و بارک علی محمد و آله و اصحابه و ازواجه و ذرّیاته کما بارکت علی ابراهیم و علی آل ابراهیم فی العالمین انک حمید مجید و اختم و لنا بخیر و اصلح لنا… و سایر المسلمین برحمتک یا ارحم الراحمین و یا اکرم الاکرمین.
Colophon: و قد اتفق الفراق من تسوید هذه النسخه فی یوم الثانی من شهر رمضان المبارک فی ۱۱۲۵.

References

Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 115

Similar copies in other libraries:

  • NLI, 16/203, 15/175
  • SEP, 3/263

Similar manuscripts listed in other catalogues:

  • ARP, 134
  • DEN, 2/554

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Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Western paper (watermark) for the first three folios, Oriental paper for the rest, natural buff, varying thickness (thin, regular and thick), one size, glossy. Rubricated titles.
Extent: 304 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 18 × 12 cm.
Dimensions (written): 11.5 × 6.5 cm.

Layout

11 lines per page.

Hand(s)

Calligraphic Naskh, several hands, fairly large hand; annotated (Nastaʿalīq and Naskh). Anonymous

Additions: Note on f. 304a: قد صار ملکا لعبد الله العلیم ابن محمد التقی القمی محمد ابراهیم سنه ۱۱۴۰ . On the inner cover: Persian and Arabic poetry and historical narratives. Rectangular stamp on f. 1a.

Binding

Black leather, 13 × 19 cm, front + back cover, leather + pasteboard.

Simple tooling (medallion and two half-medallion).

History

Origin: Unknown place of origin; 2 Ramadhan 1125 AH; 1714 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.

Availability

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:

Libraries:

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;

Catalogues:

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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