Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 521 (The Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts Minasian Collection


Summary of Contents: This is a versified work in 220 couplets on definitions of Arabic words into Persian, corresponding couplets to Persian poetical and metrical measures. The number of couplets is recorded differently in the references. This work has been used to teach Arabic in Iran, India and Turkey as lately as the recent centuries. It has been printed several times in Iran.
Language(s): Persian


Incipit: بسمله، حمدله چنین گوید ابونصر فراهی / کتب من بخوان گر علم خواهی / که بردی رحمت حق باد رضوان / حسد حافده و حفد حاسده ما حرکت الشمال…
Explicit: … ناس و انس و اناس آدمیان / پدر و مادر و آدم و حوا
Colophon: تمت الکتاب… یوم پنجشنبه نزدیک ظهر سنه ۱۲۵۳


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 931

Similar copies in other libraries:

  • NLI, 1/397
  • MNL, 8/329
  • MAJ, 10/52

Similar manuscripts listed in other catalogues:

  • DEN, 10/691
  • ALZ, 24/165

Printed editions:

  • Several prints

On the Web:

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Western paper (watermark), natural buff, regular thickness, one size. Edge mending of the first folio.
Extent: 48 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 21 × 15 cm.
Dimensions (written): 14 × 9.5 cm.


15 lines per page.


Graceful Naskh, one hand, fairly large hand. Anonymous

Additions: Rectangular, illegible stamp on f. 2a. Rectangular stamp on f. 3a: عبده صفر الحسینی ۱۲۷۰ . Rectangular stamp on f. 3a: یا محمد… .


Black leather, 16 × 22 cm, front + back cover, single layer of leather only.

Simple tooling (medallion + half medallion).


Damage to the cover's decorations.


Origin: Unknown place of origin; 1253 AH; 1838 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.


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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