Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 579 (The Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts Minasian Collection


Summary of Contents: Durj al-Maz̤āmīn is a versified work by Mullā Mukhtār Qārī Iṣfahānī in Tajwid which was composed in 949 AH in 72 couplets. The date of composition, number of couplets, poem's name, and composer's name are presented in abjad in the last two couplets. Several commentaries have been written on this work, including the commentary of Mullā Jaʿfar Sharīʿatmadār Astar'ābādī, and the present commentary of Muḥammad bin Sulaymān al-Madʿū bil-Muḥsin. This commentary has an explanatrory aspect only.
Language(s): Persian

Arabic orthoepy (Tajweed)

Incipit: ابن سلیمان المدعو بالمحسن احسن الله تعالی الیه و الی والدیه بدان که چون حضرت مرحمت و غفران‌پناه و جنت آرامگاه آخوند ملا مختار تجویدی بنظم درآورد و بعضی عبارات آن احتیاج بتوضیح و بیان داشت و بعضی از اخلاء روحانی خواهش نمودند که این قلیل بضاعت این را شرح نموده…
Explicit: … دوازده محسوب است نه همزه عدد ابیات این منظومه میباشد و تاریخ تالیف سنه هزار و صد و هفتاد و شش میباشد.
Colophon: تمت الکتاب… فی ید حقیر… و اضعف […] شب سه‌شنبه بیست و پنجم شهر رجب‌المرجب فیسنة ۱۲۶۸.

According to available catalogues, very limited copies exist of this work.


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 800

Similar copies in other libraries:

  • MNL, 7/16, 16/262

Similar manuscripts listed in other catalogues:

  • ALZ, 13/242
  • DEN, 8/1137

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Western paper (plain), thick, one size.
Extent: 32 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 21 × 12 cm.
Dimensions (written): 15 × 7 cm.


10 lines per page.


Naskh and cursive Nastaʿalīq, two hands, regular hand. Anonymous Scribe's name eliminated in the colophon.


Rubricated titles.

Additions: Oval stamp: علی قلی ابن نصرالله Miscellaneous notes.


Brown leather, 13 × 22 cm, front + back cover, single layer of leather only.

Decorated tooled edges.


Damage to the decoration.


Origin: 1268 AH; 1852 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).


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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