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Islamic Manuscripts

The Walters’ collection of Islamic Manuscripts showcases masterpieces of illuminated and illustrated manuscripts. The sacred, devotional and non-religious manuscripts presented here were created across the breadth of the Islamic world and date from the 9th through the 19th century. In the Islamic book, the primary vehicle for literary and artistic expression, the powers of poetry, prayer and visual form collide. They bear witness to remarkable achievements in literature and the book arts. Examples include a 15th-century Koran from northern India, executed at the height of the Timurid empire; a luxurious 16th-century copy of the Khamsa by Amir Khusraw, illustrated by a number of famous artists for the emperor Akbar; and a Turkish calligraphy album by Sheik Handullah al Amasi, one of the greatest calligraphers. 

All images of Islamic manuscripts were created and are provided through a Preservation and Access grant awarded to The Walters Art Museum by the National Endowment for the Humanities, 2008-2010.

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Image for Undecorated;in Greek uncial scrawls;

Undecorated;in Greek uncial scrawls;

551
W.519
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Qur'an

Islamic Artist
3rd century AH/AD 9th century (Abbasid)
W.552
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Qur'an

Islamic Artist
3rd century AH/AD 9th century (Abbasid)
W.553
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Image for Qur'an

Qur'an

Islamic Artist
late 3rd century AH/AD 9th century-5th century AH/AD 11th century (Abbasid)
W.554
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Image for Qur'an

Qur'an

Islamic Artist
5th century AH/AD 11th century-6th century AH/AD 12th century (Abbasid)
W.555
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Image for Qur'an

Qur'an

Iranian Artist
6th century AH/AD 12th century
W.557
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Qur'an

African Artist
6th century AH/AD 12th century
W.556
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Image for Four Leaves from the Arabic Version of Dioscorides' De materia medica

Four Leaves from the Arabic Version of Dioscorides' De materia medica

7th century AH/AD 13th century
W.750
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Image for Single Leaf from the Arabic Version of Dioscorides' De materia medica

Single Leaf from the Arabic Version of Dioscorides' De materia medica

Rajab 621 AH/AD 1224
W.675
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Qur'an

Iranian Artist
8th century AH/AD 14th
W.558
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Image for Qur'an

Qur'an

Iranian Artist
8th century AH/AD 14th century
W.560
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Qur'an

723 AH/AD 1323
W.559
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Four Leaves from a Shahnama

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Image for Amplified Poem in Honor of the Prophet Muhammad

Amplified Poem in Honor of the Prophet Muhammad

767 AH/AD 1366
W.581
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Qur'an

Egyptian Artist
4th quarter 8th century AH/AD 14th century (Mamluk)
W.561
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Leaf from Qur'an

Indian Artist
9th century AH/AD 15th century (Timurid)
W.563.40B
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The Orchard (Bustan)

9th century AH/AD 15th century (Safavid)
W.620
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Qur'an

Iranian (?) Artist
9th century AH/AD 15th century (Timurid)
W.562
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Qur'an

Indian Artist
15th century (Timurid)
W.563
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One Hundred Sayings

9th century AH/AD 15th century
W.615
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Image for Six Leaves from Majma` al-tavarikh by Hafiz Abru

Six Leaves from Majma` al-tavarikh by Hafiz Abru

early 9th century AH/AD 15th century (Timurid)
W.676
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Collection of Poems (masnavi)

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Mihr and Mushtari

881 AH/AD 1476
W.627
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Image for Single Leaf from Mantiq al-tayr by Farid al-din `Atta

Single Leaf from Mantiq al-tayr by Farid al-din `Atta

late 9th century AH/AD 15th century (Timurid)
W.678
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Five Poems (Quintet)

885-886 AH/AD 1481 (Timurid)
W.604
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Compendium of Medicine

22 Rabi' II 889 AH/AD 1484
W.595
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Image for Five Poems (Quintet)

Five Poems (Quintet)

892 AH/AD 1486-900 AH/AD 1494-1495 (Safavid)
W.605
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Epic of Alexander the Great

891 AH/AD 1486 (Ottoman)
W.664
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Selection of Poems

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Collected Works (Kulliyat)

10th century AH/AD 16th century (Safavid)
W.618
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Collection of Poems (Divan)

10th century AH/AD 16th century (Safavid)
W.632
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Maritime Atlas

Turkish Artist
10th century AH/AD 16th century (Ottoman)
W.660
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