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Dalāʼil al- khayrāt.

Jazūlī, Muḥammad ibn Sulaymān, -1465 author.

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  • Title:
    Dalāʼil al- khayrāt.
  • Author/Creator: Jazūlī, Muḥammad ibn Sulaymān, -1465 author.
  • Creation Date: 1700s
  • Biographical/Historical Note: Muḥammad ibn Sulaymān al-Jazūlī (died 1465) was a Muslim scholar from Marrakesh and leader of the Sufi Berber tribe of Jazulah. He is considered to be one of the seven saints of Marrakesh. Al-Jazūlī studied law in Fes, where he met sheikh Ahamd Zarruq, the famous mystic. He then spent forty years abroad, traveling to Jerusalem, Mecca, and Medina. When he returned to Fes, he completed the Dalāʼil al- khayrāt, a compendium of Islamic prayers and poems still used throughout the Muslim world.
  • Physical Desc.: 344 unnumbered pages : illuminations ; 17 cm.
  • Summary: This eighteenth-century illuminated copy of the Dalāʼil al- khayrāt (Guide to Happiness), an Islamic book of prayers composed of blessings and prayers for everyday life and in particular for the pilgrimage to Mecca, was most probably produced in Ottoman Turkey. Composed of selections (suras) from the Qur`an and blessings upon the Prophet Muhammad, the original work is attributed to Muḥammad ibn Sulaymān al-Jazūlī, the fifteenth-century Muslim scholar of Marrakesh, and leader of the Sufi Berber tribe of Jazulah.
    The text is rendered in the form of full page miniatures representing Islamic holy relics and tokens, executed in black naskh script, with some words in gold and verse markers with various gold and polychrome illuminated rosettes. The headings are executed in white thuluth script on gold ground within gold and polychrome illuminated cartouches and text within thick black-ruled two-color gold frames. (cf. Christie's sale 6945, 5 October 2012, lot 524).
    Included are two drawings on gold ground depicting the holy sites of Mecca and Medina, which are found in the manuscripts of al-Jazūlī from at least the sixteenth century onward. The mosques in the two miniatures, one depicting the Great Mosque of Mecca and the other depicting the Prophet's Mosque in Medina, are shown in perspective, providing a view of how they may have looked at the time when the drawings were made.
  • Language: Turkish
  • Language Note: In Turkish with some Arabic; Arabic alphabet.
  • Notes: The manuscript is inscribed in ink in the Arabic alphabet on recto of page [1].
    Inserted is a small printed label: Al-Jazuli, Dala'il al-khairat (Turkey, late 17th century).
    Bound in full morocco with a flap. Gilt and tooled in Islamic manner on both covers.
  • References: Christie's South Kensington, Ltd. Arts of Islam, 5 October 2012
  • Form/Genre: Illuminated manuscripts -- Turkey -- 18th century
    Prayer books -- Turkey -- 18th century
    Drawings -- Turkey -- 18th century
  • Subjects: Muḥammad, Prophet, -632 -- Cult Muḥammad, Prophet, -632 -- Prayers and devotions Masjid al-Ḥarām Islam -- Prayers and devotions Mosques -- Saudi Arabia
  • ID/Accession Number: 3026819
  • Access/Rights: Restricted. Contact repository regarding access.
  • OCLC Record Number: 857907838
  • Source: GRI Library Catalog

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