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Munajat (Confidential Talks) of 'Ali ibn Abu-Talib

Object Name:
Non-illustrated manuscript
Date:
ca. 1200
Geography:
Iraq, possibly Mosul
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper; morocco leather binding
Dimensions:
H. 6 7/8 (17.4 cm) W. 5 1/8 in. (13.1 cm)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Louis E. and Theresa S. Seley Purchase Fund for Islamic Art and Rogers Fund, 1995
Accession Number:
1995.324
Not on view
The munajat, or “confidential talks,” of the first Shiite Imam 'Ali b. Abi-Talib take the form of prayers to God. Along with the forty sayings of Imam 'Ali, akin to the hadith, or traditions of the Prophet Muhammad, books of munajat provided doctrinal guidance to medieval Shiites. Although the Seljuqs and their successors had tried to promote Sunni Islam and suppress Shiism, their efforts were neither systematic nor entirely successful, as the existence of this book attests.
Sotheby's, London, April 26, 1995, no. 54, to MMA
"26 April, 1995." In Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures. London: Sotheby's, London, 1995. no. 54, ill. fig. 54 (b/w).

Canby, Sheila R., Deniz Beyazit, Martina Rugiadi, and A. C. S. Peacock. "The Great Age of the Seljuqs." In Court and Cosmos. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2016. no. 186, p. 286, ill. (color).

Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 54, no. 2 (1995-1996). p. 16, ill. (color).



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