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AL-ZIHNI, SEYYED MUSTAFA.

Anam'i Sharif,

an abridged miniature adaptation of the Sunni prayerbook in concertina form.

Stock Code
103596
probably Ottoman Turkey, 1890
£10,000

The Anam'i Sharif is a Sunni prayerbook that takes its name from the Surah al-Anam , the sixth surah in the Qur'an, which is usually one of the first surah to feature in the text along with other prayers and a series of hadith. This prayerbook can be seen as an adaptation of Jazuli's Dala'il al-Khayrat because of the inclusion of the Mecca and Medina imagery, however, the Anam'i Sharif includes a wide range of additional illustrations that are not present in Jazuli's text. These illustrations commonly relate to the Prophet Muhammad and items of eschatological relevance such as the prophet's mantle, seal, prayer rug and rosary along with other utensils used to perform his daily purifications and prayer. Such images came to have enhanced power in the Ottoman world after the Sultans began to assiduously collect actual relics of the Prophet, and devotional images of such things became greatly

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Concertina-style miniature prayerbook, illuminated manuscript in Arabic, complete, 16 conjoined leaves, 48 by 48 mm; numerous illustrations including images of the holy sites of Mecca and Medina, attributions to Prophet Muhammad through depictions of his hand prints, foot prints, and his Seal of Prophecy, with further illustrations pertaining to the other prophets such as the sword of 'Ali, all heightened in gilt, versos and outer boards backed in contemporary marbled paper.

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