Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 717 (The Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts Minasian Collection


Summary of Contents: This treatise contains some topics about the principles of Shiite jurisprudence, but its title and author remains unknown as some parts of its incipit and explicit are missing.
Language(s): Arabic

Islamic jurisprudence

Incipit: ||… الثانی ان الاطلاق المذکور لو لم یکن حقیقة لما صدق مثل المتکلم…
Explicit: … قطع قول الکفار المنکرین لثبوته حیث قالوا کان هناک وحی لما اجتهد فترک الاجتهاد و لدفع مثل …||
Colophon: None.


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 75

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Western paper (watermark), natural buff, regular thickness, one size. ⟨Water damage on papers.⟩
Extent: 86 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 23.5 × 18 cm.
Dimensions (written): 14 × 9.5 cm.


18 lines per page.


Cursive Nastaʿalīq, several hands, regular hand. Anonymous


Rubricated titles; rubricated lines above some expressions.


Black leather, 24.5 × 19 cm, front cover, single layer of leather only.


Water damage on cover; damage to the spine; cover detached from the copy; head band and stitching in disarray. Edge mending by leather; back bone mending by leather.


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).


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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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