Siyer-i Nebi

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Miniature from volume 4 of a copy of Mustafa al-Darir’s Siyar-i-Nabi. “Ali Beheading Nadr ibn al-Harith in the Presence of the Prophet Muhammad” Turkey, Istanbul; c. 1594

Miniature from volume 4 of a copy of Mustafa al-Darir’s Siyar-i-Nabi. “Ali Beheading Nadr ibn al-Harith in the Presence of the Prophet Muhammad” Turkey, Istanbul; c. 1594

Mohammed enthroned in heaven, attended by angels. Likely Persian, but date and location unknown

Mohammed enthroned in heaven, attended by angels. Likely Persian, but date and location unknown

Muhammad in front of the Kaaba

Muhammad in front of the Kaaba

The Archangel Gabriel giving the Annunciation to Mohammed, from the 1595 illustrated edition of the Siyer-i Nebi. Topkapi Palace Museum, Istanbul, Turkey.

The Archangel Gabriel giving the Annunciation to Mohammed, from the 1595 illustrated edition of the Siyer-i Nebi. Topkapi Palace Museum, Istanbul, Turkey.

Mohammed receiving a vision near Mecca, from the 1595 illustrated edition of the Siyer-i Nebi. Topkapi Palace Museum, Istanbul, Turkey.

Mohammed receiving a vision near Mecca, from the 1595 illustrated edition of the Siyer-i Nebi. Topkapi Palace Museum, Istanbul, Turkey.

Another image of Mohammed riding Buraq up to heaven. Provenance unknown; taken from the same site as above.

Another image of Mohammed riding Buraq up to heaven. Provenance unknown; taken from the same site as above.

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Muhammad, shown with a veiled face and halo, at Mount Hira (16th century Ottoman illustration of the Siyer-i Nebi)

Muhammad, shown with a veiled face and halo, at Mount Hira (16th century Ottoman illustration of the Siyer-i Nebi)

Siyar al-nabi, Muhammad receives a revelation from Jibril during the battle of Badr

Siyar al-nabi, Muhammad receives a revelation from Jibril during the battle of Badr

Muhammad sending waves of horsemen into combat at the Battle of Badr in an illustration from the Siyer-i Nebi (The Life of the Prophet), written around 1388. Source: The Quarterly Journal of Military History

Muhammad sending waves of horsemen into combat at the Battle of Badr in an illustration from the Siyer-i Nebi (The Life of the Prophet), written around 1388. Source: The Quarterly Journal of Military History

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