Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 609 (The Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts Minasian Collection


Summary of Contents: "After authoring a number of works, I decided to write a book for my eldest child, to include various rational and textual topics. The result of such decision is the book of al-Arbaʿīn, that I hope can be his guideline for the future", Imām Fakhr Rāzī says at the outset of this work. The work is compiled in 40 'Questions'. The first question is on حدوث العالم , the second on ان المعدوم لیس بشیء ..., the fifth on حقیقه اله , ..., the tenth on انه تعالی یمتنع ان یکون محلا للحوادث ..., the twentieth on بیان ان کنه حقیقه الله هل هو معلوم لبشر ام لا ..., the thirtieth on المعاد ... and the fortieth on فی ضبط المقدمات التی یمکن الرجوع الیها فی اثبات المطالب العقلیه .
Language(s): Arabic

Kalām (Islamic Scholastic Theology)

Incipit: بسمله، قال مولانا افضل العالم فخرالدین ناصرالاسلام الداعی الی الله ابی عبدالله محمد بن عمر ابن حسن رازی… امّا بعد، فان الله تع لما وفقنی حتی صنفت فی اکثر العلوم الدینیه و المباحث الیقینیه کتبا مشتمله علی تقدیر الدلائل و البینات… و اشرح… و انبه علی الغوامض العقلیه لیکون هذا الکتاب دستور اله یرجع فی المضایق الیه و یعول علیه و سمیته الاربعین فی اصول الدین…
Explicit: … فالفیلسوف یستدل بحال الموثر علی حال الاثر و المتکلم بحال الاثر علی الموثر و المعرکه الکبری و الطامه العظمی فی هذا الموضع هی مقدمه الوجوب و الامکان فی الذات و الصفات و بالله التوفیق و هذا آخر الکلام فی هذا الکتاب
Colophon: تم الکتاب فی شهر رمضان فی یوم الخمیس قبیل الظهر فی ید اقل الاکراد خضر المشهور بمامش فی قصبه ساوجبلاغ / سنه ۱۲۳۳


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 56

Similar copies in other libraries:

  • MAL, 1/27
  • NLI, 8/342
  • MAJ, 2/23

Similar manuscripts listed in other catalogues:

  • ARP, 36
  • DEN, 1/640

Printed editions:

  • Ḥaydarabād of India, 1352 AH
  • Egypt, 1344 AH
  • Tehran (Persian translation), 1375 Shamsī

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Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Western paper (watermark), natural buff, varying thickness (thin, regular and thick), one size, glossy. Rubricated titles.
Extent: 237+1 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 20.5 × 14.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 14.5 × 9.5 cm.


19 lines per page.


Cursive Naskh, regular hand, one hand. Khiz̤r mashhūr bih Māmish خضر مشهور به مامش

Additions: ‌Note on f. 1a on the event of birth: 1266 AH/1850, Būkān ‌Note on f. 1a on the event of birth: 1302 AH/1885 All other notes have been erased. Rectangular stamp on the last end paper: الراجی محمد الشریف [البانی ثم البوکانی]


Lacquer, 15.5 × 21.5 cm, front + back cover, leather + pasteboard.

Medallion and two half-medallion, with drawings of flowers and plants.


Cover detached from the copy.


Origin: 1233 AH; 1818 CE ; Sāvujbulāgh

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.



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