Muhyi al-Din Lari (d. 1526), Kitab Futuh al-Haramayn, a guide in Persian verse for pilgrims on the Hajj illustrating the stations of the pilgrimage and the rituals to be observed, with 18 coloured diagrams of the holy shrines and sites, and including some verses by Jami India, 17th Century
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Muhyi al-Din Lari (d. 1526), Kitab Futuh al-Haramayn, a guide in Persian verse for pilgrims on the Hajj illustrating the stations of the pilgrimage and the rituals to be observed, with 18 coloured diagrams of the holy shrines and sites, and including some verses by Jami
India, 17th Century
Sold for £ 8,750 (US$ 11,203) inc. premium

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Muhyi al-Din Lari (d. 1526), Kitab Futuh al-Haramayn, a guide in Persian verse for pilgrims on the Hajj illustrating the stations of the pilgrimage and the rituals to be observed, with 18 coloured diagrams of the holy shrines and sites, and including some verses by Jami India, 17th Century Muhyi al-Din Lari (d. 1526), Kitab Futuh al-Haramayn, a guide in Persian verse for pilgrims on the Hajj illustrating the stations of the pilgrimage and the rituals to be observed, with 18 coloured diagrams of the holy shrines and sites, and including some verses by Jami India, 17th Century Muhyi al-Din Lari (d. 1526), Kitab Futuh al-Haramayn, a guide in Persian verse for pilgrims on the Hajj illustrating the stations of the pilgrimage and the rituals to be observed, with 18 coloured diagrams of the holy shrines and sites, and including some verses by Jami India, 17th Century
Muhyi al-Din Lari (d. 1526), Kitab Futuh al-Haramayn, a guide in Persian verse for pilgrims on the Hajj illustrating the stations of the pilgrimage and the rituals to be observed, with 18 coloured diagrams of the holy shrines and sites, and including some verses by Jami
India, 17th Century
Persian manuscript on paper, 45 leaves, misbound, 15 lines to the page written in two columns of naskhi script in black ink, double intercolumnar rules in blue, inner margins ruled in red, blue and gold, titles written in naskhi script in red ink, catchwords added at a later date, one illuminated headpiece in colours and gold, corners rather thumbed, browned, waterstaining, edges frayed, some crude repairs, brown boards, worn, rebacked
255 x 168 mm.

Footnotes

  • Kitab Futuh al-Haramayn (Revelations of the Two Holy Sites) was one of the earliest pilgrimage guides. Muhyi al-Din Lari dedicated the work to Muzaffar bin Mahmudshah, ruler of Gujarat, in 1505. The earliest known copy is in the British Museum (Or. 3633, dated AH 951/AD 1544). All were well illustrated, as here, with stylised depictions of the various holy places and other sites of interest. Twelve of the surviving copies of the text have colophons indicating that they were written in Mecca itself, though India was another frequent source at slightly later dates. See V. Porter (ed.), Hajj: Journey to the Heart of Islam, London 2012, pp. 46-47; and J. M. Rogers, The Arts of Islam: Treasures from the Nasser D. Khalili Collection, Sydney 2007, pp. 200-201, no. 219 (an example from Mecca).

    For further reading, see:
    V. Porter (ed.), Hajj: Journey to the Heart of Islam, London 2012.
    V. Porter and L. Saif (edd.), The Hajj: Collected Essays, London 2013.
    E. Wright, Islam, Faith, Art, Culture: Manuscripts from the Chester Beatty Library, London 2009.
    M. Rogers, The Arts of Islam: Masterpieces from the Khalili Collection, London 2010.

    The list of illustrations is as follows:

    I: Jebel (Mount) Mifrah between Mecca and Medina, two wells in foreground.
    II: The holy sanctuary in Medina.
    III: The Guristan Cemetery of Baqi' in Medina, the burial place of the Prophet's wives, children and Halima, his wet nurse.
    IV: Qaba Mosque, two wells and two palm trees.
    V: The Qa'ba and the holy sanctuary in Mecca.
    VI: The road beween Safa and Marwa.
    VII: Jebel Abu Qubais and the split moon in gold.
    VIII: Suq al-Layl (The Night Market), the birthplace of the Prophet and the Imam 'Ali.
    IX: The bazaar at Muda'a.
    X: Al - Ma'ala Cemetery at Mecca, the burial place of the Prophet's mother, and his first wife Khadija.
    XI: Shabikah grave yard near Mecca.
    XII: Jebel al-Nur and Ghar Hira, the cave where the Prophet received his first revelation from the archangel Gabriel.
    XIII: Jebel 'Arafat, the mount where the Prophet delivered his farewell sermon to the Muslims who accompanied him on the Hajj.
    XIV: The site of Muzdalifah between 'Arafat and Mina.
    XV: The site of the stoning of the three jamarat (pillars) near Mina.
    XVI: The Masjid al-Qiblatayn (The Mosque of the Two Qiblas).
    XVII: Jebel Uhud, the tomb of Hamza, the Prophet's uncle, and the tombs of the martyrs of the battle of Uhud.
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