Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 623 (The Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts Minasian Collection

Collection 94

A collection of two works

Physical Description

Extent: 1+101+2 ff.

Binding

Brown leather, 18 × 23 cm, front + back cover, leather + pasteboard.

Simple tooling (medallion + two half-medallion)

Condition

The copy's spine is torn.

History

Provenance and Acquisition

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

1) Persian Catalogue Sequence Number 81

Contents

Summary of Contents: ʾAlfīyah is one of the most reliable grammatical works in the Arabic literature. It is a versified work including 1,000 couplets composed in Rajaz metric. ʾAlfīyah is compiled in 71 chapters. Numerous commentaries have been written on this work so far, of which Suyūṭ‭ī's commentary is the most popular in the Iranian religious schools. Suyūṭ‭ī's commentary (al-Bahjat al-Marz̤īyah) is written in the marginalia of this copy.
ff. 1a-104a
Language(s): Arabic

Arabic language--Syntax

Title: ʾAlfīyah
Title: الفیه
Title: Arjūzah
Incipit: قال محمد هو ابن مالک / احمد ربی الله خیر مالک…
Explicit: … و آله الغز الکرام البرره / و صحبه المنتخبین الخیره.
Colophon: تمت الکتاب… تحریر فی شهر هفتم ذی‌القعده الحرام در روز جمعه سنه ۱۲۱۱… بدست فقیر الحقیر… ملا فتحعلی قره‌جه‌داغی… ولد مرحوم علی… در روز جمعه و در ماه مزبور باتمام رسید. بتعجیل تمام، سهو و نیسان را عفو فرمایند. این نوشتم تا بماند روزگار / من نمانم خط بماند یادگار. م م م… (۱۴)‏

References

Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 81

Similar Copies in Other Libraries:

  • GIE 2/19
  • MAJ 10/1915, 22/294
  • NLI 8/260; 10/232-233

Similar Copies listed in Other Catalogues:

  • ALZ 13/105
  • ARP 84

Printed editions:

  • Tehran, 1279, 1304 AH
  • Cairo, 1368 AH
  • Tabriz, 1307, 1325 AH

On the Web:

Physical Description

Support: Western paper (watermark), plain and dark buff, blue, pistachio, varying thickness (thin and regular), one size. Rubricated line above couplets and titles.
Dimensions (leaf): 22 × 17 cm.
Dimensions (written): 14 × 7 cm.

Collation

ff. 1a-104a

Layout

10 lines per page

Hand(s)

Cursive Naskh, one hand, fairly large hand. Marginalia: a commentary called 'al-Bahjat al-Marz̤īyah' in Nastaʿalīq, Shikastah Nastaʿalīq, and Shikastah. Qarah'chah'dāghī, Mullā Fatḥʿalī ibn ʿAlī قره‌چه‌داغی، ملا فتحعلی بن علی

Additions: Oval, illegible stamp on endpaper 1. Rectangular, illegible stamp on endpaper 1. Miscellaneous notes on endpaper 1. Ownership note removed on endpaper 1.

History

Origin: Unknown place of origin; 7 Dhu al-Qidah 1211 AH; 1797 CE

2) Persian Catalogue Sequence Number 116

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. 1a-104a
Language(s): Arabic

Arabic language--Syntax

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: تمت الکتاب… تحریر فی شهر هفتم ذی القعده الحرام در روز جمعه سنه ۱۲۱۱… بدست فقیر الحقیر… ملا فتحعلی قره‌جه‌داغی ولد مرحوم علی… در روز جمعه و در ماه مزبور باتمام رسید. بتعجیل تمام، سهو و نیسان را عفو فرمایند. این نوشتم تا بماند روزگار / من نمانم خط بماند یادگار

References

Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 116

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, pistachio, varying thickness (thin and regular), one size. Rubricated line above couplets and titles.
Dimensions (leaf): 22 × 17 cm.
Dimensions (written): 14 × 6 cm.

Collation

ff. 1a-104a

Layout

10 lines per page

Hand(s)

Nastaʿalīq and Shikastah Nastaʿalīq, two hands, regular hand. The text is written in the maeginalia. Qarah'chah'dāghī, Mullā Fatḥʿalī ibn ʿAlī قره‌چه‌داغی، ملا فتحعلی بن علی

History

Origin: Unknown place of origin; 7 Dhu al-Qidah 1211 AH; 1797 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

  • ALZ: (الذریعه)
  • ARP: (فهرست کتاب‌های چاپی عربی)
  • DEN: (فهرستواره دست‌نوشته‌های ایران - دنا)
  • FAW: (Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford - Minasian Collection)
  • GIE: (Great Islamic Encyclopedia Library, Manuscripts)
  • MAJ: (Library, Museum and Documentation Center of the Islamic Consultative Assembly)
  • NLI: (National Library of Iran)
  • SEP: (Sepahsalar (Shahid Motahari) Mosque and School of Tehran)

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