11-04-2005, 01:45 PM #1Retired Vet
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- Nov 2001
I'm visiting an Islamic collection..
This liberary is suppose to contain some of the most important Quran's (right word?) in the world.
If these really are important I'll try get some photos for the forum here. If photos are allowed of course.
The Islamic Collections
The Islamic Collections are amongst the finest in existence and are internationally renowned for the overall high quality and scope of the material.
The manuscripts that comprise the collections range in date from the eighth century to the early years of the 20th century. They derive primarily - though not exclusively - from the Arab world, Iran, Turkey and India, and include some of the greatest documents of Islamic art and culture. Together they illustrate in exquisite form and detail the history and development of all aspects of the Islamic book: calligraphy, illumination, miniature painting, and bookbinding.
Pictured: Artistic Traditions Gallery: Islam
The Islamic Collections consist of five sub-collections. The Qur'an Collection includes more than 260 Qur'ans and Qur'an fragments and is one of the most important collections of Qur'ans outside the Middle East. The gem of the collection - and indeed one of the most treasured objects of the entire Library - is the splendid Qur'an copied in Baghdad in the year 1001 by Ibn al-Bawwab, one of the three greatest medieval Islamic calligraphers.
The Persian Collection consists mainly of copies of the works of the great Persian poets - Firdawsi, Nizami, Sa'di, Hafiz and Jami, to name but a few. Highlights of the approximately 330 manuscripts that make up the collection include illustrated folios from the so-called Great Mongol (Demotte) Shahnama, or Book of Kings, of about 1335, and a fragmentary copy of this same text made in the late 16th century for the Safavid ruler, Shah 'Abbas the Great. One of the most beautiful and most extensively illuminated manuscripts in the Library is a copy of the Gulistan of Sa'di, made in the 1420s for Baysunghur, one of history's greatest patrons of the book and a prince of the Timurid dynasty that ruled much of Iran throughout the 15th century.
The Library's Mughal-era Indian Collection comprises both illustrated manuscripts and a breathtaking array of almost one thousand individual paintings, produced in India during the period of Mughal rule for Islamic, Hindu and also European patrons. The collection is of especial renown and encompasses some of the finest examples of painting produced under the guidance of the emperors Akbar, Jahangir and Shah Jahan. Prominent amongst these are the illustrated folios from the Akbarnama, or History of Akbar, and the numerous portraits of the emperors themselves.
The Turkish Collection consists of just over 160 manuscripts, making it the smallest of the Islamic Collections. Nevertheless, it too is extremely important. Patronage of the arts, including the arts of the book, on behalf of the Ottoman sultans of Turkey peaked in the 16th century. The Turkish Collection includes some of the greatest manuscripts produced in this period, such as a rare, illustrated volume of the Life of the Prophet Muhammad and an illustrated History of Suleyman the Magnificent.
Most of the manuscripts of the Qur'an, Persian, Mughal and Turkish Collections have exquisite calligraphy and are magnificently illustrated and illuminated. In contrast to these manuscripts, however, is the approximately 2650 manuscripts of the Arabic Collection, few of which contain any decoration at all. These were collected by Chester Beatty for their texts, and many are in fact unique texts, preserved only in the Chester Beatty Library. They embrace a vast range of topics: religion, jurisprudence, history, geography, medicine, astronomy, mathematics and linguistics, to name but a few, as well as many early translations into Arabic of the works of the ancient Greeks.
11-04-2005, 01:57 PM #2
That is awesome, cant belive they have the in Ireland. The Muslim world needs to go back and do art and architecture.
11-05-2005, 09:13 AM #3Originally Posted by CAUSASIAN
Cauasian, nice avatar! Finally a believer?
11-05-2005, 09:28 AM #4Originally Posted by AIZ
Someone was playing their little games.
11-05-2005, 09:30 AM #5
Ah, there ya go, much better now. Now I recognize you
11-05-2005, 09:33 AM #6
I personally perfered love of Israel avatar.....
11-05-2005, 09:38 AM #7Originally Posted by Bigen12
11-05-2005, 12:27 PM #8AR's Midget Beater
Originally Posted by CAUSASIAN
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- in your girls panties
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