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  • Spanish Qur’an from the 13th century

    Manuscript

    Islam was the prevalent in Spain from 711 until the Christian reconquest in 1492, yet few Islamic manuscripts survived. ...

  • Stories of the Prophets

    Manuscript

    An illustrated 16th-century account of the lives of the Prophets, in Persian. The Qiṣaṣ al-anbiyāʼ There are several di...

  • Sufi qawwali performance: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

    Sound recording

    Live recording of the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, one of the key figures in the performance of qawwali – a form of Sufi ...

  • Sufi teachings, prayers and invocations

    Manuscript

    An 18th-century collection of Sufi teachings, prayers and invocations. A collection of Sufi works This volume is a comp...

  • Sultan Barquq’s Qur’an

    Manuscript

    This is part nine of an Egyptian Qur’an in thirty volumes, written in rayhani script. It was copied in the 14th century ...

  • Sultan Baybars’ Qur’an

    Manuscript, Illuminated manuscript

    This seven-volume Qur’an was produced in Cairo for Rukn al-Dīn Baybars, who later became the Mamluk Sultan Baybars II. I...

  • Sultan Uljaytu’s Qur’an

    Manuscript

    This lavishly illuminated royal Qur’an was commissioned by the Ilkhanid Sultan, Uljaytu (r. 1304–1317). The calligrapher...

  • The Conference of birds by Farid al-Din ʻAttar

    Manuscript

    A later Timurid copy of Manṭiq al-ṭayr by Farīd al-Dīn ʻAṭṭār (d. ca. 1230) containing nine illustrations. ʻAṭṭār and th...

  • The Golden Haggadah

    Manuscript, Illuminated manuscript, Illumination

    The haggadah is the service book used in Jewish households on Passover Eve to celebrate the Israelites' deliverance from...

  • The Hispano-Moresque Haggadah

    Manuscript, Illumination, Illuminated manuscript

    The haggadah is the service book used in Jewish households on Passover Eve to celebrate the Israelites' deliverance from...

  • The Ma’il Qur’an

    Manuscript

    The Ma’il Qur’an is one of the very earliest Qur’ans in the world. Why is it so important? It dates back to the 8th cen...

  • The Masnavi by Jalal al-Din Rumi

    Manuscript

    An illustrated 16th-century copy of the Mas̱navī-ʼi maʻnavī by Jalāl-al-Dīn Rūmī (d. 1273) The Mas̱navī-ʼi maʻnavī Rumi...

  • Tipu Sultan’s Qur’an

    Manuscript

    Who was Tipu Sultan? Tipu Sultan was the Sultan of Mysore (r. 1782–1799). Known as the ‘Tiger of Mysore’, he is renowned...