Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 645 (The Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts Minasian Collection


Summary of Contents: This work is one of the most important treatises in Practical Wisdom within the context of Islamic culture. Khvājah Naṣīr al-Dīn authored this book in 633 AH/1236 when he was in Quhistān in service of Nāṣir al-Dīn ʿAbd al-Raḥīm, the Muḥtasham of Ismāʿīliyah. After the fall of Ismāʿīliyah and demolition of Alamūt, Khvājah joined Hulākū and presented the work to him after adding an introduction. Some of the sources referenced by Khvājah in this work include: "Tahẕīb al-akhlāq" of Abū ʿAlī Maskūyah, "Rasālah-'i tadbīr-i manzil" of Bryson, the less-known Neopythagorean philosopher (2nd century), "Ārāʾ-i ahl al-madīnah al-fāz̤ilah" of Fārābī, and Risālah al-sīyāsiah" of Ibn Sīnā. This work is divided into three parts: ethics, household management, and civil politics. The initial and final folios are missing, a few folios at the beginning of the introduction, and a few folios at the end of the eighth chapter (last chapter) of the third topic (civil politics).
Language(s): Persian


Incipit: ||… [و چون علم حکمت] دانستن همه چیزهاست چنانکه هست پس باعتبار انقسام موجودات منقسم شود بحسب آن اقسام و موجودات دو قسمند یکی آنچه وجود آن موقوف بر حرکات ارادی اشخاص بشری نباشد و دوم آنچه…
Explicit: … مکافات کن بنیکی و درگذر از بدی یاد گیر و حفظ کن و فهم کن در هر وقتی کار خویش و تعقل حال خود کن و از هیچ کار از کارهای بزرگ این عالم ملامت منمای…||


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 30

Similar copies in other libraries:

  • MAJ, 5/192, 10/615
  • UTL, 3/649, 9/1204, 10/1746, 11/2211, 12/2915
  • AQR, 6/382-384-386
  • SEP, 3/89

Similar manuscripts listed in other catalogues:

  • ALZ, 1/381
  • FAM, 2/1534-1538
  • COM, 4/2228-2234
  • FAP, 1/130-140

Printed editions:

  • Mumbai, 1276 and 1320 AH
  • Tabriz, 1351 AH
  • Lahore, 1865 and 1952
  • Tehran, 1320, 1334, 1336 and 1356

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Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Oriental paper, dark buff, varying thickness (regular and thick). ⟨Water damage on some folios; edge mending of some initial and final folios, and back bone mending.⟩
Extent: 1+129 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 21 × 10 cm.
Dimensions (written): 16 × 7 cm.


20-22 lines per page.


Shikastah Nastiʿaliq, regular hand, one hand. The first and last lines are horizontal, and the rest of lines are diagonal. Anonymous


Rubricated titles.

  • Miscellaneous notes on f. 1a.: 1276 AH/1859.


Black leather, 11 × 22 cm, front + back cover, single layer of leather only.


Origin: 12th century AH; 18th century 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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