This exhibition highlights the Jami’ al-Tawarikh (“World History” or “Compendium of Chronicles”) of Rashid al-Din, one of the masterpieces of. Khalili Collections | Islamic Art | This copy of the Jami’ al-Tawarikh is without doubt one of the greatest illustrated medieval manuscripts. During the reign of Uljaitu (–17), this text was expanded into the Jami’ al- tavarikh, or Compendium of Chronicles. The text initially comprised three volumes.

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This is indeed justified, given its coverage and reflecting its composition at one of the courts of what could equally be called the first world Empire.

Approximately 20 illustrated copies were made of the work tawariih Rashid al-Din’s lifetime, but only a few portions remain, and the complete text has not survived.

He converted to Islam around the age of thirty. This part of the manuscript was discovered in the s by Duncan Forbeswho found it among the papers of Colonel John Baillie, so this section is sometimes referred to as “Baillie’s collection”. They made great use of chinoiserie motifs, and their use of wash and line rather than opaque watercolour gives a superficial similarity to recently excavated Yuan tomb-paintings in Inner Mongolia.

The folios about the life of the Prophet were further jumbled, and four were lost. Folio 30b b of the reconstructed manuscript Ravana, king of Lanka and king of the demons, lies dead before Rama a scene from the Indian epic, the Ramayana 12 x This, no doubt, reflects the important role of his oral sources of information, which in this case probably included the Amir Nowruz, who is specifically mentioned as an informant ed.

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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The workshop was ordered to produce one manuscript each in Arabic and Persian every year, which were to be distributed to different cities. One descriptor says it shows Muhammad with Hamza ibn Abdul-Muttalib and Ali before sending them to battle. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. The final three folios covering the end of the section on the Jews were also lost, perhaps accidentally, but judging from the comparable section in MS.

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The official position taken by the Wikimedia Foundation is that ” rawarikh reproductions of two-dimensional public domain works of art are public domain “. Public domain Public domain false false. The following sections, in contrast, contain much information that had previously not been available to Muslim scholarship. The son of an apothecaryhe studied medicine and joined the court of the Ilkhan emperor, Abaqa Khanin that capacity.

Shukyurova, as Oguz-nameBaku, The Suwar al-akalima geographical compendium. The Edinburgh part covers some of the earlier history up through a section about the Prophet Muhammad, and then this story is continued in the Khalili portion, with further narratives weaving back and forth between the two collections, ending with the final section also being in the Edinburgh collection. Folio 13b b of the reconstructed manuscript Two emperors of the Six Dynasties.

The folios in the Khalili Collection, together with those in the Edinburgh University Library, are the earliest surviving Arabic tawarukh of the this monumental work. Another description says it is Muhammad exhorting his family to fight, and that he may be one of the central figures, but it is not clear which one.

The miniatures have an unusual horizontal format and only take up about a third of the written area; this may reflect the influence of Chinese scrolls. This artist seems to be very familiar with China.


Zeki Validi Ttawarikh, ; tr. Interestingly, for fawarikh of the scenes from the life of the Prophet Muhammad, the painters had recourse to adaptations of Christian scenes, which suggests that illustrated copies of the life of the Prophet may not have been available.

Folio 37b b of the reconstructed manuscript Kushinagara, where jsmi Buddha achieved Nirvana ; Masterpieces from the Khalili CollectionLondoncat. Some differences in style can be observed, but these can be attributed to the difference in date.

Only portions of it have survived, [17] divided into two parts between the University of Edinburgh folios and the Khalili Collection 59 foliosalthough some researchers argue for these being from two different copies.

The second part starts with a preface on Adam, the Patriarchs, and the biblical prophets uned. Petersburg, Today only two early-fourteenth-century Persian copies of the Compendium and part of one Arabic copy survive.

Ahmet III, ; see Togan,pp. One can thus distinguish a remarkably well observed group of AbyssiniansWestern-style figures based on Syrian Christian manuscripts, Chinese, Mongols, Arabs, and so on. Retrieved from ” https: The use of silver now oxidised for the modelling of faces and their features is likewise very un-Chinese. Some parts of the surviving text are heavily illustrated and other parts not at all, apparently reflecting the importance accorded to them.

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