Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 752 (The Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts Minasian Collection


Summary of Contents: This manuscript consists of forty one chapters written in 980 AH. Each chapter comprises of a versified psalm, as well as the titles of Sermon, Praise, Psalm, veneration of the Prophet, and eulogy about Amīr al-Muʾminīn (ʿA), and a preaching at the end. The content is quoted from narratives and hadiths. The work belongs to Z̤iyāʿ al-Dīn Gurgānī, written in 930 AH in honour of Shāh Ṭahmasb. The chapter titles are as follows: Chapter one, Principles of religion; Chapter two, Merits of Science and Scientists; Chapter three, The Virtue of Prayer; Chapter four, On the Virtue of the Reward of fasting;... Chapter thirty six, On Recognising One's Self and the Route of Satan; Chapter thirty seven, On Cognition, Satisfaction and Destiny; Chapter thirty eight, On Repelling Evils; Chapter thirty nine, On the Lament for the Life and Certainity in Almighty God; Chapter forty, on the Lovers and Shiites of the Family.
Language(s): Persian


Incipit: ||… اتقرب بذلک الی الله تعالی و الیکم اجمعین فعلیک صلوات الله و سلامه و رضوانه و رحمه…
Explicit: … گنه‌کار را بر اهل عالم عرضه کند و همه خلق از وحشت قبح و هیبت او مدهوش…||

Available catalogues show that only four copies exist of this work. This copy may be considered as the fifth.


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 28

Similar copies in other libraries:

  • UTL, 10/1555
  • NLI, 5/16140

Similar manuscripts listed in other catalogues:

  • ALZ, 2/388
  • DEN, 1/465

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Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Oriental paper, natural buff, varying thickness (regular, thick, thin) glossy. Rubricated titles, rubricated line above hadiths and Quranic verses. Rebinding at edges.
Extent: 257 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 23.5 × 17 cm.
Dimensions (written): 16.5 × 11 cm.


19 lines per page.


Cursive Nastiʿaliq, cursive Naskh, fairly large hand, three hands. Anonymous

Additions: Oval stamp: "ʿAbd Allāh…" Oval stamp: «عبدالله…»


Maroon leather, 18 × 24 cm, front + back cover, leather + pasteboard, honey-coloured leather doublure.


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 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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