Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 747 (The Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts Minasian Collection

Collection 107

A collection of two books on different subjects

Physical Description

Extent: 259 ff.

Binding

Brown leather, 11 × 19.5 cm, front + back cover, leather + pasteboard

Simple tooled cover (medallion and two half-medallions); tooled edges (ruled).

History

Provenance and Acquisition

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

1) Persian Catalogue Sequence Number 644

Contents

Summary of Contents: This work has been authored in 801 AH, describing conditions and customs of prayer in an introduction, six chapters and a conclusion: Introduction on Definition of Prayer, chapter one on Encouraging to Pray, chapter two on Criteria of Compliance, chapter three on Prayer's Customs, chapter four on How to Pray, chapter five on Recitation of Prayers, chapter six on Recitation of Quran, and the conclusion on Names of God in Islam (asmāʾu-l-ḥusnā).
ff. 1b-133b
Language(s): Arabic

Prayers

Incipit: بسمله، الحمد لله سامع الدعا و دافع البلا و مفیض الضیاء… و بعد فان الله سبحانه و تعالی من وفور کرمه علم الدعا و ندب الیه…
Explicit: … ما اختلف الصباح و المساء اعتقت الظلام و الضیاء و الحمد لله… الشیخ احمد بن فهد و فرغ من تسویدها… لیلة الاثنین صباحها عن سادس عشر من جمادی الاول سنه احدی و ثمانمایه و الحمد لله… و آله اجمعین.
Colophon: و قد فرغ من کتابة هذه النسخة الشریفه المبارکه فی یوم الثانی عشرون یوم السبت من سبعان سنه ۱۰۲۲ اثنین و عشرین بعد الالف علی ید… صالح بن عیسی الجزایری… و آله الطاهرین.

References

Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 644

Similar Copies in Other Libraries:

  • MAJ 4/33
  • MNL 1/47
  • NLI 7/257

Similar Copies listed in Other Catalogues:

  • ALZ 15/228
  • DEN 7/438

Printed editions:

  • Mumbai, 1328 AH/1910

On the Web:

Physical Description

Support: Oriental paper, natural buff, varying thickness (thin, regular and thick), one size, glossy. Rubricated titles and signs.
Dimensions (leaf): 18.5 × 10 cm.
Dimensions (written): 12 × 6 cm.

Collation

ff. 1b-133b

Layout

20 lines per page

Hand(s)

Cursive Nastaʿlīq, one hand, regular hand. Jazāyirī, Ṣāliḥ bin ʿĪsá جزایری، صالح بن عیسی

Additions: Oval stamp یا علی بن محمد ۱۲۲۹ in the dār al-salṭanah (capital city) of Iṣfahān. Note on the completion of the comparision in 1026. Ownership note.

History

Origin: Unknown place of origin; 1022 AH; 1614 CE

2) Persian Catalogue Sequence Number 54

Contents

Summary of Contents: This an account containing 40 hadiths on ethical and worship matters cited from Shiite Imams that Shaykh Bahāʾī completed on 13 Ṣafar 995 in Iṣfahān. The work is devided into 40 sections under 40 hadiths. The sections/hadiths include: "Reward for memorizing Arbaʿūn ḥadīs̱ā" (first hadith), "Attributes of the Friends of Allāh" (second hadith), "Importance of the priority times for prayers" (third hadith), ... "Ablution of Amīr al-Muʾminīn" (fifth hadith), ... "Importance of Ḥajj" (tenth hadith), ... "Disparage of the worship of idolatry and love in the world" (twentieth hadith), ... "An account of inhibitions cited from the Prophet of God" (thirtieth hadith), ... "Fate of the believers' spirits after death" (fortieth hadith). The work has been taken seriously as of its creation time, so as there have since been many commentaries, annotations, and translations created for it.
ff. 135a-259b
Language(s): Arabic

Hadith

Title: Arbaʿīn
Incipit: ||… اعظم المطالب و المفاخر بعد الایمان بالله و الیوم الاخر هو… الی سعاده الابدیه و یتخلص به من السعاده السرمدیه…
Explicit: … الیک من خفایا الهیات الفلکیه فیحقق ان تصدق اولئک ایضا فیما یتلونه علیک من خبایا العوالم المقدسه الملکیه و ههنا اقطع الکلام شاکر الله علی توفیقه للاتمام… الی دارالسلام.
Colophon: … اتفق الفراغ من کتابته… علی ید فقیر عبدالنبی ابن نعمه الله ابن عبدالله المشهدی الکاظمی الساکن ببلده هجر علی الله… فی یوم الاربعاء یوم الحادی عشر من شهر جمادی الاول المبارک من سنه احد و عشرین بعد الالف من الهجره… / تمت کتابه فی بلد کاشان بعون الملک المنان سنه ۱۰۲۱.

References

Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 54

Similar Copies in Other Libraries:

  • GIE 1/13, 2/12
  • GIP 17
  • MAJ 1/10, 13/55, 14/201, 26/131-200-374
  • NLI 10/338-339

Similar Copies listed in Other Catalogues:

  • ALZ 1/425-426
  • ARP 36
  • DEN 609
  • TAB 11/85-87

Printed editions:

  • Qum, 1373 Shamsī

On the Web:

Physical Description

Support: Oriental paper, natural buff, varying thickness (thin, regular and thick), one size, glossy. Rubricated titles.
Dimensions (leaf): 18.5 × 10 cm.
Dimensions (written): 12 × 5.5 cm.

Collation

ff. 135a-259b

Layout

20 lines per page

Additions: Ownership note. Notes on the last two folios: 1) astronomical table 1230 AH; 2) various quotations; 3) some poetry in Arabic; and 4) a spell. Illegible, oval stamp on the last folio.

History

Origin: Kashan; 1021 AH; 1612 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.

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)
  • GIP: (Great Islamic Encyclopedia Library, Photographed and Microfilmed Manuscripts)
  • MAJ: (Library, Museum and Documentation Center of the Islamic Consultative Assembly)
  • MNL: (Mar'ashi Najafi Library)
  • NLI: (National Library of Iran)
  • TAB: (طبقات اعلام الشیعه)

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