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  • Dastan-i Mirac

    Manuscript

    The Dastan- ı Miraç, is the story of the Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) ascent to heaven. The text is recited in many ...

  • Depiction of the holy cities of Mecca and Medina

    Manuscript

    A copy of the Dala’il al-khayrat (Guide to Goodness), a devotional prayer book made up of a compilation of blessings on ...

  • Early 18th century Ottoman munseat

    Manuscript

    The İnşā’-i a‘là belongs to a common genre of literature in the Ottoman Empire called münşeat. These works includ...

  • Hadith collection

    Manuscript

    Our oldest dated manuscript of al-Bukhari’s collection of hadith. What is a hadith? The Hadith is the collected traditio...

  • Hajj pilgrimage certificate

    Manuscript

    This beautiful scroll from the 15th century commemorates the hajj – the pilgrimage to Mecca – by a woman called Maymunah...

  • Indian Qur'an from the 16th century

    Manuscript

    This 16th-century Qur'an from India gives a glorious example of 'carpet pages': rich, ornate abstract patterns whose mix...

  • Islamic marriage contract

    Manuscript, marriage contract

    This lavish certificate records the marriage of the last Mughal ruler, Bahadur Shah II (r. 1837–1857) to Zinat Mahal Beg...

  • Jami’s allegorical romance Yusuf and Zulaykha

    Manuscript

    A deluxe 16th-century Safavid copy of Jāmī’s allegorical romance Yusuf and Zulaykha. The poem Yusuf and Zulaykha The St...

  • Jami’s biography of famous Sufis and saints

    Manuscript

    An imperial copy of Jami’s Nafaḥāt al-uns, copied for the Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1604–1605. Jami and the Nafaḥāt al-un...

  • Javanese Qur'an

    Manuscript

    This simply, almost austerely, decorated Qur'an comes from Java and shows the extent of Islamic artistic influence in As...

  • Kitab al-Sunnah

    Manuscript

    This 13th-century manuscript is an extensive work containing the opinions and teachings of Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal, compil...

  • Mahzor Vitry

    Manuscript

    Jews have used prayer books in the synagogue communal services since early medieval times. One of the most significant l...

  • Maulidi: kasida (poem) performance from Zanzibar

    Sound recording

    Live recording of a kasida (Arabic. Qaṣīdah) forming part of a maulidi performance. What is a maulidi performance? Mauli...

  • Miscellany of Iskandar Sultan

    Manuscript

    A pocket encyclopaedia containing the Khamsah (‘Quintet’) of the poet Niẓāmī and twenty-two other works, compiled for J...

  • Painting of the Muharram festival

    Watercolour, Painting

    A watercolour painting on mica of a Muharram procession, painted in Northern India in the Benares or Patna style around ...