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Islam Images of Mecca and Medina

Jazuli. Dala'il al-Khayrat [Proofs of Good Deeds]. Istanbul (?), Ottoman Empire, AH 1207 (1792 CE). NYPL, Manuscripts and Archives Division.

During the 19th century, Jazuli’s fervent praises of the Prophet attained wide popularity in the Near East and North Africa. His text extols the religious benefits of prayers directed to the Prophet, especially as an aid to eternal salvation. In this copy of his Proofs of Good Deeds, the shrines at Mecca and Medina have a three-dimensional character and a landscape setting. Such pictures provided the viewer with a vicarious experience of the pilgrimage to the Arabian shrines, and would have enlivened the recitation of Jazuli's litanies.

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