Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 518 (The Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts Minasian Collection

Collection 73

A collection of four books on different subjects

Physical Description

Extent: 63 ff.

Binding

Black leather, 12 × 16.5 cm, front + back cover, single layer of leather only; decorated tooled edges; cover detached from the manuscript.

History

Provenance and Acquisition

Donated to The Ferdowsi Library by Dr Caro Minasian in 1972.

1) Persian Catalogue Sequence Number 920

Contents

Summary of Contents: Allāmah Ḥillī (648-726 AH/1250-1326) abridged Miṣbāḥ al-mujtahid of Shaykh Ṭūsī into ten chapters, and called it Minhāj al-Ṣalāḥ fī Mukhtaṣar al-Miṣbāḥ. He then added to it a further chapter on Islamic beliefs, scholastic theology (Kalām), proving the existance of God, and His attributes, under the title of "al-Bāb al-Ḥādī ʿAshar fīmā yajib ʿalá al-Mukallifīn min Masāʾil Uṣūl al-Dīn". This chapter XI was most highly regarded by religious scholars, and was independently copied, commented on, translated and published. The present work is one of the well-known commentaries which was presented by Fāẕil Miqdād.
ff. 1b-42a
Language(s): Arabic

Kalām (Islamic Scholastic Theology)

Incipit: بسمله. الحمدلله الذی دل علی وجوده افتقار الممکنات و علی قدرته و علمه احکام المصنوعات، المتعالی عن مشابهة… نحمده حمداً یملاء الارض والسماوات… تعاقب الآنات. اما بعد فان الله لم یخلق العالم عبثا فیکون من اللاعبین… فمن تلک المقدمات، المقدمة الموسومة بالباب الحادی عشر من تصانیف شیخنا… جمال‌الدین ابی منصور الحسن بن مطهر الحلی… و کان قد سلف منی… ان کتبت شیئا یعین علی حلها… و سمیته النافع یوم الحشر فی شرح الباب الحدی عشر… قال: الباب الحادی عشر فیما یجب علی عامه…
Explicit: … فهذا ما تهیا لی تنمیقه و کتابته و اتفق لی جمعه و ترتیبه مع ضعف باعی و قصر ذراعی هذا مع حصول الاسفار و تشویش الافکار لکن المرجو من کرمه تعالی ان ینفع به کما ینفع باصله و ان یجعله خالصا لوجهه انه سمیع مجیب والحمد لله رب العالمین.
Colophon: فرغت… فی تسویده یوم الاحد ثلث عشرین شهر شوال المکرم فی سنة الثامن و الاربعین بعد الماتین و الالف… بید… محمد جعفر بن علی اکبر بن معزالدین بن علی اکبر بن اسدالله… الحمدلله رب العالمین.

References

Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 920

Similar Copies in Other Libraries:

  • MNL 29/586
  • NLI 11/244
  • UTL 17/237

Similar Copies listed in Other Catalogues:

  • ALZ 3/5
  • ARP 942
  • DEN 10/440

Printed editions:

  • Tihrān, 1374 Shamsī/1995

On the Web:

Physical Description

Support: Western paper (watermark), natural buff, regular, glossy, one size. Rubricated titles.
Dimensions (leaf): 15.5 × 11 cm.
Dimensions (written): 11 × 6 cm.

Collation

ff. 1b-42a

Layout

18 lines per page

Additions: Miscellaneous notes.

History

Origin: Unknown place of origin; 1248 AH; 1832 CE

2) Persian Catalogue Sequence Number 945

Contents

Summary of Contents: A brief treatise about the most important principles of Islamic jurisprudence in the opinion of the author.
ff. 42b-47b
Language(s): Arabic

Principles of Islamic jurisprudence

Incipit: بسمله، حمدله، اما بعد فهذه کلمات نظمت فی سمط التحریر و عقد التحریر مشتملة علی امهات عقاید الاصول المستفادة فی المعقول و المنقول ینتفع بها المبتدی و المنتهی و سمیتها بنهج السبیل الی معرفة الجلیل… مسئلة معرفة الله تعالی واجبة…
Explicit: … الی مرتبة الاجتهاد فی تحصیل الدلیل و تصحیح الاعتقاد بحیث یخلص من الشک و الارتیاب و یکون علی یقین من سلوک طریق الحق و الصواب. نسئل الله تعالی… من شافعین و لا صدیق.
Colophon: تمت فی یوم الاربعا فی لیلة النوروز فی سنه المذکور بی الحقیر و الفقیر المزبور. کاتبه… جعفر این علی اکبر الحسینی ۱۲۴۸.

No manuscript was found in the available catalogues with this title. It seems to be unique (single copy).

References

Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 945

Physical Description

Support: Natural buff, regular, glossy. Rubricated titles.
Dimensions (leaf): 15.5 × 10.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 10.5 × 6 cm.

Collation

ff. 42b-47b

Layout

18 lines per page

History

Origin: Unknown place of origin; 1248 AH; 1832 CE

2) Persian Catalogue Sequence Number 110

Contents

Summary of Contents: A work aiming at stating principles of Islamic jurisprudence, written and versified by Kashfī in Najaf. He has actually versified a self-authored text called al-ʾIjābat al-muz̤ṭarrīn. The author points out in the introduction that he has written and versified it for his friends. He has himself provided the titles of his book's sections, as: introdution, chapters (in monotheism, justice, prophethood, imamate, and the resurrection), and ending.
ff. 49b-62a
Language(s): Arabic

Principles of Islamic jurisprudence

Incipit: بسمله، بسم القدیم الملک العلام / انا فتحنا عقده الکلام… حررته فی النجف الغری / مشرفا بالمرتضی علی میته بالبلد الامین / فی البحث عن علم اصول الدین هذا هو الموسوم بالکلام / مصدره فی مصدر الاسلام… فصوله التوحید ثم العدل / و فی نبوه النبی فصل و رابع الفصول فی الامامه / خامسها المعاد و القیمه صنفته لاصدقاء الدین / هداهم الله الی الیقین انی حقیر الخلق فی الافاق / العلوی بن ابی اسحاق اجزاء کلی کلی الاجزاء / جیم و عین قبل فا و الراء…
Explicit: … صل علی المامول للشفاعه / وآله الی قیام الساعه و الحمد لله علی الاتمام / حمدا یکون لازم الدوام و الختم فی غیر الغیری غرا / من قد سری الله ای الکبری.
Colophon: تمت… بید الحقیر المذکور [محمد جعفر بن علی اکبر الحسینی] فی شهر ذی‌القعده الحرام فی سنه ۱۲۴۸ کتبت لنفسی قد سیکون لغیری الحمد لله علی الاتمام…

References

Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 110

Similar Copies in Other Libraries:

  • MAJ 2/363
  • MNL 2/199

Similar Copies listed in Other Catalogues:

  • ALZ 3/144
  • DEN 2/524

On the Web:

Physical Description

Support: Western paper (watermark), natural buff, regular, glossy, one size. Rubricated titles.
Dimensions (leaf): 15.5 × 10.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 10 × 5.5 cm.

Collation

ff. 49b-62a

Layout

18 lines per page

History

Origin: Unknown place of origin; 1248 AH; 1832 CE This copy is scribed during the author's life.

4) Persian Catalogue Sequence Number 14

Contents

Summary of Contents: A collection of hadiths about women of the prophet of Islam addressing her daugther, Fātimah.
ff. 62b-63a
Language(s): Arabic

Hadith

Incipit: احادیث فی باب النساء. بسمله، قل النبیصلی الله علیه و آله و سلم یا فاطمه ایما امره نظرت الی زوجها بوجه…
Explicit: … فی الجنه و زوجه الله بالف حوریه و کان کمن جاهد بین یدی محمد صلی الله علیه و آله و سلم.

References

Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 14

Physical Description

Support: Western paper (watermark), natural buff, regular, glossy, one size.
Dimensions (leaf): 15.5 × 10.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 14 × 9.5 cm.

Collation

ff. 62b-63a

Layout

27 lines per page

Hand(s)

Cursive naskh, regular, one hand.

History

Origin: Unknown place of origin; 12th century AH; 18th century CE

Additional Information

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

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Key to Abbreviations

  • ALZ: (الذریعه)
  • ARP: (فهرست کتاب‌های چاپی عربی)
  • DEN: (فهرستواره دست‌نوشته‌های ایران - دنا)
  • FAW: (Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford - Minasian Collection)
  • MAJ: (Library, Museum and Documentation Center of the Islamic Consultative Assembly)
  • MNL: (Mar'ashi Najafi Library)
  • NLI: (National Library of Iran)
  • UTL: (Central Library of University of Tehran)

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