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  • 10th-century Qur’an

    Manuscript

    Probably copied in Egypt, this 10th-century Qur’an is written in Eastern kufic script on vellum. The manuscript The desi...

  • 14th-century Mamluk Qur’an

    Manuscript

    This 14th-century Qur’an from Egypt. The manuscript This Qur’an is written in muhaqqaq script, with ornamental chapter ...

  • 17th-century Chinese Qur’an

    Manuscript

    This 17th-century Chinese Qur’an shows how Islamic styles of calligraphy and illumination were combined with local style...

  • 17th-century depiction of the Holy Shrine of Mecca

    Illumination

    The Haram at Mecca with the Kaʻbah in the centre, from a manuscript of Futūḥ al-Ḥaramayn, a poetical description of the...

  • A guide book for pilgrims, including a 17th-centur...

    Manuscript

    A 17th-century copy of the Futūḥ al-Ḥaramayn, a poetical description of the holy shrines of Mecca and Medina and the rit...

  • A Malay pilgrimage guide

    Printed book, Image

    The holy Ka‘bah in Mecca, shown on the first page of a Malay guide to the pilgrimage, written by Muhammad Azahari bin A...

  • Al-Qazwini’s Wonders of Creation

    Manuscript

    An illustrated copy of the 13th-century writer al-Qazwīnī’s ʻAjāʼib al-makhlūqāt (‘Wonders of creation’) produced in the...

  • An early Kufic Qur’an

    Manuscript

    This copy of the Qur’an in an early kufic script is most likely from the 9th century. Like earlier Qur’ans it was writte...

  • An early Persian translation and commentary of the...

    Manuscript

    A 12th-century copy of the Persian translation and commentary on the Qurʼan by ʻAtīq ibn Muḥammad Sūrābādī. Sūrābādī’s t...

  • An Ottoman Ruzname

    Manuscript, Scroll

    The Rūznāme is a rare example of a manuscript scroll originating in the Ottoman Empire. Although it accounts for the Hij...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...