Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Wadh.Minasian 8 (The Ferdowsi Library, Wadham College, University of Oxford)

Oriental Manuscripts Minasian Collection


Summary of Contents: This work is compiled from ethical topics and related instructions, and is composed in two volumes. The first volume is written at the time of Shāh ʿAbbās (1642-1666) and the second at the time of Shāh Solaymān (1666-1693). The author intended to create a work of 8 volumes (to correspond the number of the gates of paradise), but he passed away before completing it. His son, Muḥammad Shafīʿ, has later composed a third volume for the series. The first volume has an introduction and a part (the first Bāb). The introduction is about preaching, gathered under three topics. The first part, which is about the transitory world and its depravities, has three chapters, each containing several sections in turn. The second volume has a part (i.e. the second Bāb) and 8 sections. The scond part is about the human life, gathered under 5 topics.
Language(s): Persian


Incipit: بهترین مقالی که سرخیل کاروان فنون محاورت تواند بود و خوشترین کلامی که بشادابی لالی کلماتش تیغ زبان بیانرا آبگیری تواند نمود حمپ ثنای یگانه‌ایست جلّ شأنه…
Explicit: … لله الحمد که سالک خامهٔ بیان براهنمایی تأیید ملک منّان مرحلهٔ باب اول را از مراحل ثمانیه کتاب ابواب‌الجنان که بتنهایی مجلدی می‌تواند بود پیموده بسر منزل انجام آن رسید امید… بمذاق خاطر مشکل‌پسندان روزگار سازگار… و گوارا گردانیده و توفیق اتمام باقی ابواب را بر وجه صواب کرامت فرماید.
Colophon: تمت الکتاب بعون الملک الوهاب فی تاریخ سلخ ذیحجه الحرام سنه ۱۰۸۸.


Sequence Number in the Persian Catalogue:

  • FAW 7

Similar copies in other libraries:

  • GIE, 2/5-6
  • GIP, 3
  • MAL, 2/6-7
  • SEP, 3/30-31

Similar manuscripts listed in other catalogues:

  • FAM, 2/1518-1522
  • COM, 2/2210-2211
  • FAP, 1/145
  • ALZ, 1/76
  • DEN, 1/109

Printed editions:

  • Tehran, 1274, 1275, 1283, 1300, 1330, 1360 Hijrī AH
  • Tabriz, 1260, 1263, 1271 Hijrī AH
  • Lucknow, 1865

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Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Western (watermark) and Oriental paper, plain and dark buff, mixed thickness (thin, regular and thick), one size, glossy / some folios have mending at their edges.
Extent: 1 + 271 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 20 × 10 cm.
Dimensions (written): 16 × 7 cm.


19 lines per page.


Graceful nasta_liq, regular, one hand. Anonymous


Rubricated titles; rubricated line above some phrases; 6-line ruling (gilt, lapis, cinnabar, and black), 1-line decorative frame only on the first and second folios (gilt).

Additions: "Muḥammad Hāshim 1312". «محمد هاشم ۱۳۱۲». Oval stamp on the first end paper. Price note on folio 1A: "Qaymat du tūmān va panj hizār dīnār". Some notes are worn off at the end of the manuscript.


Light brown leather, 8 × 17 cm, front + back cover, leather + pasteboard, honey-coloured leather doublure.


The cover is detached from the manuscript.


Origin: Unknown place of origin; 1088 AH; 1677 CE The manuscript was scribed in 1088 Hijrī AH, a year before the author's death in 1089.

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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