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19th century print of the Taja Mahal

This lithographic print is taken from a slim pamphlet called, in Urdu, 'Ziyarat al-Arab', meaning 'Pilgrimage to Arabia'. It was published at Delhi in 1883. Despite its title, the 22 pictures include Muslim shrines in India as well as Arabia's holy sites at Mecca and Medina. The pamphlet was aimed at devout Indian Muslims about to embark on the annual pilgrimage, the 'Hajj'. The artist omits distracting details, such as the beautiful gardens that surround the tomb, in order to focus attention solely on the Taj Mahal's significance as a Muslim shrine.

Find out more about this manuscript and other sacred texts in Expressions of Faith.

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