The Dala’il al-Khayrat of al-Jazuli and the Qasidat al-Burdah of al-Busiri

ink, gold and opaque watercolour on paper; contemporary gold-tooled red morocco binding

text copied in maghribi naskh; 10 lines to the page

233 folios; 11.4 x 11cm

The manuscript includes 2 diagrammatic drawings of the al-Hujrah al-sharifah (folio 16b) and the al-Rawdah al-mutahharah (folio 18a), at the Prophet’s mosque in Medina. The depiction of the Holy Sanctuary at Mecca, normally found in Ottoman copies of the work but which is not described in al-Jazuli’s text, is absent from copies made in North Africa.