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'Abd al-Hadi al-Sudi (d. 1525-26), prayers, in the al-Qadiriyyah Sufi tradition | China, 17th Century

'Abd al-Hadi al-Sudi (d. 1525-26), prayers, in the al-Qadiriyyah Sufi tradition | China, 17th Century

The carpet page from a Timurid Qur'an | Iran, 15th Century

The carpet page from a Timurid Qur'an | Iran, 15th Century

A page of the Holy Quran which was written in kufic script during the Seljuk Empire 1180

A page of the Holy Quran which was written in kufic script during the Seljuk Empire 1180

Heading: Surat 27 Naml (The Ants), continued on verso, at right: Here is much mystical symbolism; wonders of the physical world are types of greater wonders in the spiritual world: The Fire, the White Hand, the rod in the story of Moses; the speech of birds and the crowds of Jinns & men pitted against a  humble ant, and the Hoopoe & the Queen of Sheba, in Solomon's story.  "These are verses of the Qur'an - a Book that makes (things) clear." (Yusuf Ali translation & commentary). (A Shabbas)

Heading: Surat 27 Naml (The Ants), continued on verso, at right: Here is much mystical symbolism; wonders of the physical world are types of greater wonders in the spiritual world: The Fire, the White Hand, the rod in the story of Moses; the speech of birds and the crowds of Jinns & men pitted against a humble ant, and the Hoopoe & the Queen of Sheba, in Solomon's story. "These are verses of the Qur'an - a Book that makes (things) clear." (Yusuf Ali translation & commentary). (A Shabbas)

The verses 1-4 of the second chapter of the Qur'an entitled al-Baqarah . The text is written in the cursive script, and each verse is separated by an ayah .. Both the script and the illumination are typical of Qur'ans produced in Mamluk Egypt during the 14th and 15th centuries. Recitation markers signaling where not to stop recitation ("la" or "no stopping") are marked in red above the first two verse markers.  Date	14th-15th centuries

The verses 1-4 of the second chapter of the Qur'an entitled al-Baqarah . The text is written in the cursive script, and each verse is separated by an ayah .. Both the script and the illumination are typical of Qur'ans produced in Mamluk Egypt during the 14th and 15th centuries. Recitation markers signaling where not to stop recitation ("la" or "no stopping") are marked in red above the first two verse markers. Date 14th-15th centuries

This piece is a folio from a Koran written in bihari script, in alternate lines of gold, black, and red (sura 18:57-71). Calligrapher: unknown. India. Late 15th century. 36.9 x 28 cm. Bihari script. Courtesy of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.

This piece is a folio from a Koran written in bihari script, in alternate lines of gold, black, and red (sura 18:57-71). Calligrapher: unknown. India. Late 15th century. 36.9 x 28 cm. Bihari script. Courtesy of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.

An illuminated Qur'an section, beginning with surat al-Hajj, The Pilgrimage | North Africa, 17th/18th Century

An illuminated Qur'an section, beginning with surat al-Hajj, The Pilgrimage | North Africa, 17th/18th Century

A monumental illuminated Qur’an | Egypt, Mamluk, second half 14th century

A monumental illuminated Qur’an | Egypt, Mamluk, second half 14th century

An illustrated leaf from a dispersed manuscript of Firdausi's Shahnama, copied by Na'im al-Din Ahmad al-Awhadi al-Daqaqi al-Husaini, depicting two angels | Persia, perhaps Shiraz, dated the first day of dhi'l-qa'dah 950/26th January 1544

An illustrated leaf from a dispersed manuscript of Firdausi's Shahnama, copied by Na'im al-Din Ahmad al-Awhadi al-Daqaqi al-Husaini, depicting two angels | Persia, perhaps Shiraz, dated the first day of dhi'l-qa'dah 950/26th January 1544

An Illuminated Qur'an, copied by Ali Ibn Khawaja Nour Ali Ibn Khawala Muhammad Muraqsani Alawi al-Harawi, Persia or India, Safavid or Mughal, dated 1138 AH/1725 AD | Lot | Sotheby's

An Illuminated Qur'an, copied by Ali Ibn Khawaja Nour Ali Ibn Khawala Muhammad Muraqsani Alawi al-Harawi, Persia or India, Safavid or Mughal, dated 1138 AH/1725 AD | Lot | Sotheby's

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