7 sufi masters trying to have one dream together (Persian drawing 12th century)

7 sufi masters trying to have one dream together. The dormice , illuminated manuscript, Persian,

Mysticism in the Ottoman Empire: The Mevlevi Sufi Order

The Mevlevi Sufi order is probably the most famous mystical sect in Ottoman and Turkish history, especially because of Rumi, who is commemorated every Dec 17

The Beggar and the King: Page from a manuscript of the Mantiq al-Tayr (The Language of the Birds) of Farid al-Din cAttar, ca. 1487; Timurid Iran (Herat)

The Beggar Who Professed His Love for a Prince: Folio from the Mantiq al-tair (Language of the Birds) of Farid al-Din 'Attar, Timurid period dated A. 892 / A. 1487 Present-day Afghanistan, Herat

Dogs in a market listen to the famous Persian poet Rumi, who praises their attention and understanding. One of many illustrations made in the late 16th century by Turkish artists. I've read little of Rumi's poetry but have admired the bits that I have seen. His poetry and these illustrations make me think of the era when Turkish, Arabic and Persian were flowering languages whose writers produced works we still read today. I do wonder what life was like then.

The Life of Rumi in Rare Islamic Manuscript Paintings from the 1590s

From The Morgan Library’s collection of Islamic manuscript paintings comes this remarkable glimpse of the rare manuscript, which captures the illustrated “life and miracles”" of Rumi with equal parts visual poetry and deep respect.


Islamic scholarship focused on religion and legal traditions, although Sufis continued to emphasize mystical contacts with god.

‘The Lion of God’ Islamic Calligraphy Lion. Ink on paper. Made up of invocations to ‘Ali. Made by a Shiite or a member of the mystical Bektashi order, signed by Ahmed Hilmî. Ottoman Turkey 12 Jumada I 1331 (19 April 1913). In this order, the 5 claws are associated with Allah, Muhammad, ‘Ali, Hasan and Husayn, and its red tongue signifies ‘Ali was the spokesman of Muhammad.'

“There’s more on heaven and earth than dreamt about in your philosophy.” —Will Shakespeare drumsout: Calligraphic composition in the form of a lion - Ahmed Hilmi - Ink and watercolour on paper - Ottoman Turkey 1913

Derviş, Tehran

farsizaban: “ An Iranian Dervish by Dennis Briskin The word Dervish (Darvish) means, poor or needy in Persian ”

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