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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 Turkish Version of the Wonders of Creation

Turkish Version of the Wonders of Creation

1121 AH/AD 1717 (Ottoman)
W.659
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Image for Five Poems (Quintet)

Five Poems (Quintet)

1133 AH/AD 1721 (Ottoman)
W.666
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Image for Single Leaf of Nayika and Attendants in Leafy Bowers

Single Leaf of Nayika and Attendants in Leafy Bowers

Indian Artist
ca. 1750
W.876
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Qur'an

Iranian Artist
1151 AH/AD 1738
W.573
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Image for A Festive Gathering

A Festive Gathering

Indian Artist
ca. 1163 AH/AD 1750 (Mughal)
W.904
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Image for Single Leaf of Mullah Du Piyaza Riding a Horse

Single Leaf of Mullah Du Piyaza Riding a Horse

Indian Artist
mid 12th century AH/AD 18th century (Mughal)
W.701
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Image for Work on the Duties of Muslims Towards the Prophet Muhammad with an Account of His Life

Work on the Duties of Muslims Towards the Prophet Muhammad with an Account of His Life

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Image for Album of Indian Miniatures and Persian Calligraphy

Album of Indian Miniatures and Persian Calligraphy

Indian Artist
late 12th century AH/AD 18th century-13th century AH/AD 19th century (Rajput)
W.669
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Collection of Poems (Divan)

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Collection of Poems (Divan)

1210 AH/AD 1796 (Fatimid)
W.636
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Image for Qur'an in Two Volumes with Leather Pouches

Qur'an in Two Volumes with Leather Pouches

Islamic Artist
19th century
W.853
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Qur'an

Islamic Artist
1800-1900
W.576
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Qur'an

Baksh Scribe
19th century
W.572
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Qur'an Manuscript

Iranian Artist
19th century (Qajar)
W.932
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Collection of Poems (Divan)

13th century AH/AD 19th century (Fatimid)
W.637
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Qur'an

Iranian Artist
13th century AH/AD 19th century (Qajar)
W.575
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Anthology of Persian Poetry

Iranian Artist
early 13th century AH/AD 19th century (Qajar)
W.655
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Image for Abridgment of the Book of Kings (Shahnama)

Abridgment of the Book of Kings (Shahnama)

13th century AH/AD 19th century
W.597
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Image for Single Leaf of Elephant Combat

Single Leaf of Elephant Combat

Indian Artist
13th century AH/AD 19th century (Mughal)
W.715
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Ottoman Diploma in Calligraphy

1219 AH/AD 1804-1805 (Ottoman)
W.674
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Qur'an

Iranian Artist
1230 AH/AD 1814-1815 (?)
W.567
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Image for Single Leaf of a Portrait of the Emperor Jahangir

Single Leaf of a Portrait of the Emperor Jahangir

Indian Artist
13th century AH/AD 1825-1875 (Mughal)
W.705
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The Lights of Canopus

1264 AH/AD 1847 (Qajar)
W.599
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Image for Single Leaf of an Outdoor Scene in the Safavid Style

Single Leaf of an Outdoor Scene in the Safavid Style

Iranian (?) Artist
late 13th century AH/AD 19th century (Safavid)
W.812
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Qur'an

1269 AH/AD 1853 (Ottoman)
W.743
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Image for Book on Horses

Book on Horses

1271 AH/AD 1854-1855 (Ottoman)
W.661
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Qur'an

1282 AH/AD 1865-1866 (Ottoman)
W.577
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