Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 605 (The Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts Minasian Collection

Collection 91

This manuscript contains two works on Arabic grammar and syntax.

Physical Description

Extent: 207 ff.

Binding

Black leather, 17.5 × 22 cm, front + back cover, single layer of leather only.

Simple tooling (medallion + two half-medallion); decorated, tooled edges.

Condition

Damage to decorations.

History

Provenance and Acquisition

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

1) Persian Catalogue Sequence Number 526

Contents

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.
ff. 1b-58b
Language(s): Arabic

Arabic language--Grammar

Explicit: … انطلاقة واحدة للمرة و حسنة او قبیحة او غیرها للنوع و کذلک البواقی، والله اعلم والمنزه والحمد لله رب العالمین.
Colophon: تمت الکتاب المسمی بسعد الدین… علی ید الحقیر… میرنظام ابن میر اسحق الموسوی… فی الف و اثنا ماة و تسعة خمسون… فی تسعة عشر شهر رمضان المبارک فی یوم الشنبه وقت الظهر سنه ۱۲۵۹.

References

Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 526

Similar Copies in Other Libraries:

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

Similar Copies listed in Other Catalogues:

  • DEN 6/538

On the Web:

Physical Description

Support: Western paper (watermark), natural buff, varying thickness (regular and thin), one size, glossy. Rubricated line above some expressions; edge mending of the first folio.
Dimensions (leaf): 21 × 15.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 15 × 10 cm.

Collation

ff. 1b-58b

Layout

15 lines per page

Additions: Rectangular stamp on f. 1a. Oval stamp on f. 1a: عبده الراجی نظام الموسوی . Various quatrains on the first folio.

History

Origin: Unknown place of origin; 1259 AH; 1843 CE

2) Persian Catalogue Sequence Number 122

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.
ff. 59b-207b
Language(s): Arabic

Arabic language--Syntax

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.

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: … لا حول و لا قوه الا بالله

References

Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 122

Similar Copies in Other Libraries:

  • NLI 16/203, 15/175
  • SEP 3/263

Similar Copies listed in Other Catalogues:

  • ARP 134
  • DEN 2/554

On the Web:

Physical Description

Support: Western paper (watermark), plain and dark buff, blue, varying thickness (regular and thick), one size. Rubricated titles.
Dimensions (leaf): 21 × 17 cm.
Dimensions (written): 14.5 × 9 cm.

Collation

ff. 59b-207b

Layout

4 lines per page

Hand(s)

Graceful Naskh, several hands, fairly large hand; annotated (Nastaʿalīq and Naskh) Mīr Niẓām ibn Mīr Isḥāq Mūsá میر نظام ابن میر اسحق الموسوی

History

Origin: Unknown place of origin; 13th century AH; 19th 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

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.

Funding of Cataloguing

Wadham College (University of Oxford)

Key to Abbreviations

  • 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)
  • SEP: (Sepahsalar (Shahid Motahari) Mosque and School of Tehran)

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