Munajat (Confidential Talks) of 'Ali ibn Abu-Talib
Iraq, possibly Mosul
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper; morocco leather binding
H. 6 7/8 (17.4 cm)
W. 5 1/8 in. (13.1 cm)
Louis E. and Theresa S. Seley Purchase Fund for Islamic Art and Rogers Fund, 1995
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 999
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).