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Treasures from Islamic Manuscript Painting at the Morgan

From the Morgan Library & Museum in New York City comes this online exhibit of a wide variety of paintings found in Islamic texts. As the team behind this exhibit explains, "Since Islam refers to both the religious faith and civilization of Muslims, this online exhibition includes both religious and secular texts." This online exhibit features six sections, each of which highlights a different text or category of texts important to Islamic culture. The Qu'ran collection includes images from copies of the Qu'ran created between the tenth and nineteenth centuries. Each of these images is accompanied by a detailed description. Meanwhile, in Natural History and Astrology, visitors can examine illustrations from two important manuscripts: Manafi-i-hayavan (The Benefit of Animals), created during the reign of Ghazan Khan (1195-1204); and Matali? al-sa'ada wa manabi? al-siyada (The Ascension of Propitious Stars and Sources of Sovereign), authored in the late sixteenth century. In another section, visitors can view manuscripts relating to the Persian mystic and poet, Rumi. Visitors can zoom in on each of these images to explore these detailed paintings in great detail.
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