Poetry and Prayer: Islamic Manuscripts from the Walters Art Museum

Poetry and Prayer

Islamic Manuscripts from the Walters Art Museum

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W.581: Amplified Poem in Honor of the Prophet Muhammad

This manuscript is a copy of the poem in honor of the Prophet Muhammad known as Qaṣīdat al-Burdaha('The poem of the mantle') by Sharaf al-Dīn Muḥammad al-Būṣīrī (d. 694 AH / 1294 CE), with an amplification (takhmīs) by Naṣīr al-Dīn Muḥammad al-Fayyūmī. It was executed in thuluth and naskh scripts by Riḍwān ibn Muḥammad al-Tabīzī in 767 AH / 1366 CE probably for the Mawlawī (Mevlevi) Library in Konya (Turkey).

Folio 27b

Folio from an Islamic Manuscript

The final page of the manuscript offers a poetical composition in the form of a circular diagram. A later note in Ottoman Turkish concerning some points of jurisprudence (fiqh) surrounds the diagram.

Folio 27a

Folio from an Islamic Manuscript

While the texts of this manuscript book are penned in thuluth and naskh scripts, the scribe used tawqi script to write the colophon, as was common in the Islamic manuscript tradition. Here in gold tawqi script, the scribe identified himself as Riḍwān ibn Muḥammad al-Tabīzī and indicated that the manuscript was copied in 767 AH (1366 CE).

Folio 1a

Folio from an Islamic Manuscript

This illuminated title page gives the title of the work, as well as the authors’ names. There is also a statement referring to the patronage of the manuscript, indicating that it was made for the Mawlawi (Mevlevi) Library (bi-rasm al-Khizānah al-Karīmah al-‘Ālīyah al-Mawlawīyah).