Sitarah (curtain) for the door of the Ka‘bah, commissioned by Sultan Abdülmejid I, Ottoman Egypt, Cairo, dated 1263 AH (1846-7 AD); black silk, with coloured silk appliqués, embroidered in silver and silver-gilt wire over cotton and silk thread padding, Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art © Nour Foundation.

Curtain for the Holy Ka’ba door. An Ottoman silk and metal-thread, bearing the name of Sultan Abdülmejid. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art © Nour Foundation.

Angels at Prayer. 'Aca'ib ul-mahlukat, 10th/16th C. Sururi's translation of Kazvini on Wonders of Creation. Ottoman Turkish ©The British Library

Angels at Prayer. 'Aca'ib ul-mahlukat, C. Sururi's translation of Kazvini on Wonders of Creation. Ottoman Turkish ©The British Library

Bibliothèque de Bordeaux, ms. 1130, f. 147. Qazwînî, Adjâ’ib al-makhlûqât wa gharâ’ib al mawdjûdât (Marvels of Creatures and the Strange Things Existing). 13th century

Qazwînî, Adjâ’ib al-makhlûqât wa gharâ’ib al mawdjûdât (Marvels of Creatures and the Strange Things Existing).

Prophet Mohammed's Swords & Spears (Peace be upon him) at Topkapi Palace's Museum (Topkapı Sarayı in Istanbul , Turkey).  Photo by @ 6DT on Instagram.

Prophet Mohammed's Swords & Spears (Peace be upon him) at Topkapi Palace's Museum (Topkapı Sarayı in Istanbul , Turkey).

The Angel Gabriel appearing to Mohammed, on Mount al-Noor (a hill near Mecca where Mohammed received his first visions; you can find it on this map of Mecca as "al-Nour," upper right). A miniature illustration from the biography of Mohammed entitled Siyar-i Nabi, by Ahmed Nur Ibn Mustafa, published in Turkey, 18th century.

Islamic Depictions of Mohammed with Face Hidden In order to sidestep the prohibition against actually depicting Mohammed, artists in Mu.

10th C. Bilal giving the first call to prayer. An Ethopian slave born in Mecca in 580, later freed upon payment, he was a close companion of Muhammad who chose him as Islam's first Muezzin. Habash: Kingdom of modern day Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti and Yemen. Ottoman miniature.

Islamic miniature from Persia (c.), depicting Bilal ibn Rabah al-Habashi giving the call to prayer

Adjâ'ib al-Makhluqat wa al gharâ'ib mawdjûdât The wonders of creation and sights of existing things. Treaty of cosmography and natural history of Qazwini Author Qazwini, Zakariyya ibn Muhammad ibn al Maḥmūd (1203-1283) Date: 1199 - 1298

Adjâ'ib al-Makhluqat wa al gharâ'ib mawdjûdât The wonders of creation and sights of existing things. Treaty of cosmography and natural history of Qazwini Author Qazwini, Zakariyya ibn Muhammad ibn al Maḥmūd Date: 1199 - 1298

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

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

Adjâ'ib al-Makhluqat wa al gharâ'ib mawdjûdât The wonders of creation and sights of existing things. Treaty of cosmography and natural history of Qazwini Author Qazwini, Zakariyya ibn Muhammad ibn al Maḥmūd (1203-1283) Date: 1199 - 1298

Adjâ'ib al-Makhluqat wa al gharâ'ib mawdjûdât The wonders of creation and sights of existing things. Treaty of cosmography and natural history of Qazwini Author Qazwini, Zakariyya ibn Muhammad ibn al Maḥmūd Date: 1199 - 1298

King Solomon 1300 ca King Solomon sitting on his throne surrounded by Jinns with angels above (Or.14140, f. 100r) - See more at: http://britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk/asian-and-african/middle-east/#sthash.XcNO9cZG.dpuf

King Solomon sitting on his throne surrounded by Jinns with angels above

THE OTTOMAN KEY CASE OF TOMB OF HUSSEIN (R.A.) Osmanlı Dönemi Hz. Hüseyin'in (r.a.) Türbesinin Anahtar Kılıfı

A key case of the Tomb of Imam Hussein (in Kerbela). Ottoman work, send as a sultan's present, ca.

Adjâ'ib al-Makhluqat wa al gharâ'ib mawdjûdât The wonders of creation and sights of existing things. Treaty of cosmography and natural history of Qazwini Author Qazwini, Zakariyya ibn Muhammad ibn al Maḥmūd (1203-1283) Date: 1199 - 1298

Adjâ'ib al-Makhluqat wa al gharâ'ib mawdjûdât The wonders of creation and sights of existing things. Treaty of cosmography and natural history of Qazwini Author Qazwini, Zakariyya ibn Muhammad ibn al Maḥmūd Date: 1199 - 1298

The Archangel Gabriel inspiring Mohammed in the Medina Mosque. 18th century Ottoman painting, purportedly a copy of an image in an 8th century Koran (though that seems unlikely). In the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art, Istanbul.

The Archangel Gabriel inspiring Mohammed in the Medina Mosque. century Ottoman painting, purportedly a copy of an image in an century Koran (though that seems unlikely). In the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art, Istanbul.

Adjâ'ib al-Makhluqat wa al gharâ'ib mawdjûdât The wonders of creation and sights of existing things. Treaty of cosmography and natural history of Qazwini Author Qazwini, Zakariyya ibn Muhammad ibn al Maḥmūd (1203-1283) Date: 1199 - 1298

Adjâ'ib al-Makhluqat wa al gharâ'ib mawdjûdât The wonders of creation and sights of existing things. Treaty of cosmography and natural history of Qazwini Author Qazwini, Zakariyya ibn Muhammad ibn al Maḥmūd Date: 1199 - 1298

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