Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 735 (The Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts Minasian Collection


Summary of Contents: In Minasian collection, there are 19 manuscripts under the generic title of Adʿīyah [Prayers]. The reason is that their individual titles have remained unknown for different reasons, including defective incipits and explicits.
Language(s): Persian


A collection of prayers, including for amulets and phylacteries (scattered pieces, also survived from various books, but mostly prayer books).

Incipit: بسمله، مقال دوم در اعمال لیالی و ایام هفته و آن چهارده بابست مشتمل بر اعمال … هنگام هفته که هفت شب و هفت روز است…
Explicit: … یا رب موضع کل شکوی و شاهد کل نجوی و حاضر کل ملاء و منتهی کل حاجة و فرح کل…||
Colophon: None.


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 49

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Western paper (plain), natural buff, regular thickness; triple ruling (gilt and black), single decorative frame. Paper edges have book mending.
Extent: 40 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 22 × 13 cm.
Dimensions (written): 15.5 × 7 cm.


18 lines per page.


Naskh and Nastaʿalīq, two hands, regular hand. Anonymous

Additions: Chronogram of Tabrīz earthquake in 1194, "az zilzilah shud kharāb Tabrīz". It should be noted that the chronogram in Abjad letters will refer to the year of 1194 only if we ignore the word "Tabrīz", i.e. it is "az zilzilah shud kharāb" which equals to 1194. This is discussed in "Mavād al-tavārīkh" of the late Ḥusayn Nakhjavānī (printed in Tehran, 1343, page 451). Ownership note wiped out. Oval, illegible stamp. Rectangular, illegible stamp.


Black leather, 14 × 23 cm, front + back cover, single layer of leather only.


Cover detached from the copy.


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 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.


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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