This exhibition showcases masterpieces of illuminated and illustrated manuscripts produced in Islamic lands from the ninth to the nineteenth century. These irresistible objects of art cover a range of textual genres: devotional, scientific, historical, epic and poetic. In the Islamic book, the primary vehicle for literary and artistic expression, the power of poetry, prayer and visual form collides.

Poetry and Prayer: Islamic Manuscripts from the Walters Art Museum coincides with the initiative to catalogue and make high-resolution digital surrogates of all Islamic manuscripts and single pages preserved at the Walters Art Museum, a project generously funded by a Preservation and Access Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities .


Choose from the list below to view the books.

W.552: Qur’an

W.568: Qur’an

W.561: Qur’an


W.562: Qur’an

W.567: Qur’an

W.578: Litany of the Sea


W.579: Prayer Book

W.581: Amplified Poem

W.582: Poem in Honor of the Prophet Muhammad


W.583: Collection of Prayers

W.596: Memoirs of Babur

W.615: One Hundred Sayings


W.627: Mihr and Mushtari

W.641: Selection of Poems

W.644: Yusuf and Zulaykha


W.649: Burning and Melting

W.658: Book on Navigation

W.672: Ottoman Calligraphy