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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, 10th/16th 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

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

Princeton University Library, Islamic Manuscripts, Garrett no. 82G. Qazwini, ʻAjāʾib al-makhlūqāt wa-gharāʾib al-mawjūdāt.    "The copy (or the text?) is dated Ṣafar 895 [1489] or 865 [1460] and signed ʻAbd Allāh son of ʻAlī Bey Damāvandī in the colophon (fol. 240a). According to Moghadam, illustrations and binding probably from 18th century India."    Marvels of Creatures and the Strange Things Existing, by Zakarīyā’ ibn Muḥammad al-Qazwīnī

Princeton University Library, Islamic Manuscripts, Garrett no. 82G. Qazwini, ʻAjāʾib al-makhlūqāt wa-gharāʾib al-mawjūdāt. "The copy (or the text?) is dated Ṣafar 895 [1489] or 865 [1460] and signed ʻAbd Allāh son of ʻAlī Bey Damāvandī in the colophon (fol. 240a). According to Moghadam, illustrations and binding probably from 18th century India." Marvels of Creatures and the Strange Things Existing, by Zakarīyā’ ibn Muḥammad al-Qazwīnī

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). Photo by @ 6DT on Instagram.

‘Wonders of the Seven Seas’ section of ‘Aja’ib al-makhluqat wa-ghara’ib al-mawjudat (Marvels of Things Created and Miraculous Aspects of Things Existing), ca. 1203-1283 CE.

‘Wonders of the Seven Seas’ section of ‘Aja’ib al-makhluqat wa-ghara’ib al-mawjudat (Marvels of Things Created and Miraculous Aspects of Things Existing), ca. 1203-1283 CE.

Siyar al-nabi, A tiger who doesn't attack the Prophet

Siyar al-nabi, A tiger who doesn't attack the Prophet

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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 (1203-1283) Date: 1199 - 1298

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