Collection SC119 - Arabic manuscripts collection

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Arabic manuscripts collection

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    UVICSP SC119

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    • ca. 1000-1790 (Creation)

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    Physical description

    1 item ; 9.5 x 12.5 cm, original leather binding ; illuminated in colour + 391 slides made from the mss and other material

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    Custodial history

    Since the 1980's the University of Victoria has been collecting Islamic manuscripts to serve the interests of History in Art. The provenance of the manuscripts is unknown.

    Scope and content

    The collection consists of six items:
    1) En'am-i Serif [Turkish calligraphic manuscript].- consists of several chapters of the Qur'an, Arabic and Ottoman and Turkish prayers, calligraphic rondels and seals, hilyes, and miniature paintings of the Kaba, the Prophet's Mosque at Medina, his personal belongings such as his cloak, prayer beads etc., his hand and foot print and similar images. Special Collections had slides made of this manuscript. A second set of these slides is available in the Slide Library (History in Art Dept.).

    2) al-Jazri, Mohammed. - consists of a single leaf from an 18th century religious manuscript, "Hassi Hasin" (Prayer and Contemplation). It is written in Arabic (probably in Turkey) in the Nashki hand. It may be an Ishmaeli text. It is illuminated, gilded and decorated with a floral motif.

    3) Firdawsi. Shah Nameh. consists of a single leaf from an 18th century copy.

    4) Koran. India. 17th -18th century?

    5) Koran. China. 17th -18th century?

    6) Maghribi Qur'an (Koran) Bifolium. Late 10th or 11th century. Kufic script.

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        Restricted access to Turkish Calligraphic mss, due to extreme fragility of item. Slides available for viewing.

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        General note

        Firdawsi. Shahnamah. Selections; Illumination of books and manuscripts, Turkish; Islamic Calligraphy; Islamic illumination of books and manuscripts; Koran--Manuscripts; Manuscripts, Turkish; Miniature painting, Islamic--Turkey; Miniature painting, Turkish; Theology

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        Includes 1 leaf + 2 leaf mss translation, 1 leaf, 1 v. ; 18 x 29 cm, original leather binding (damaged)

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        Revised by JF, June 17, 2013.

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