Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 581 (The Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts Minasian Collection


Summary of Contents: This is a famous, comment-text commentary on al-Taṣrīf al-ʿīzzá of al-Zanjānī (655 AH) on Arabic Morphology (declension). Many commentaries have been written on this book, which are listed in Kashf al-Ẓunūn (2/1139). Taftāzānī completed this commentary in 738 AH, at the age of 19, in his hometown, Faryūmad.
Language(s): Arabic

Arabic language--Grammar

Incipit: بسمله، حمدله،… اعلم ان التصریف و هو تفعیل من الصرف…
Explicit: … انطلاقة واحدة للمرة و حسنة او قبیحة او غیرها للنوع و کذلک البواقی، والله اعلم والمنزه والحمد لله رب العالمین.
Colophon: قد تمت هذا الکتاب فی تاریخ سنه سبع و سبعین بعد الف… من ید… محمد تقی…


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 520

Similar copies in other libraries:

  • NLI, 7/86
  • MNL, 1/136
  • MAJ, 17/359

Similar manuscripts listed in other catalogues:

  • DEN, 6/538

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Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Oriental paper, natural buff, varying thickness (thin and regular), one size, glossy. Rubricated titles.
Extent: 122 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 19 × 12.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 13 × 6 cm.


15 lines per page.


Cursive Nastaʿalīq, one hand, regular hand. Muḥammad Taqī محمد تقی

Additions: Note on ownership transfer: محمد علی الحسنی ۱۲۴۳ . Ownership note eliminated. ‌Birth note: 1280 AH. Ownership note: 1290 AH. Miscellaneous notes. Rectangular stamp: محمد علی الحسنی . Oval stamp. Ownership stamp eliminated.


Maroon leather, 13 × 20 cm, front + back cover, leather + pasteboard.

Triangular overhang, half medallion, simple tooling, linear tooled edges.


Origin: Unknown place of origin; 1077 AH; 1666 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.


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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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