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MSS 1274, the Masjid al-Haram at Mecca
MSS 1274, the Masjid al-Haram at Mecca

Futuh al-Haramayn (a Handbook for Pilgrims to Mecca and Medina) of Muhyi al-Din Lari

MSS 1274

India

18th – early 19th century

MSS 1274, the Masjid al-Haram at Mecca
MSS 1274, the Mu‘alla cemetery
MSS 1274, Mount ‘Arafat
MSS 1274, the Prophet’s mosque at Medina

Futuh al-Haramayn (a Handbook for Pilgrims to Mecca and Medina) of Muhyi al-Din Lari

MSS 1274

India

18th – early 19th century

ink, gold and watercolour on paper

   

40 folios; 21.2 x 15.6cm (page)

The Futuh al-haramayn is a guide in Persian verse for pilgrims on the hajj, listing and illustrating the stations of the pilgrimage and the rituals to be observed, together with the customary prayers and offerings. It was the work of the polymath Muhyi Lari (d 933 AH/ 1526 or 1527 AD) who later dedicated it to Muzaffar ibn Mahmudshah, the ruler of Gujarat. No early illustrated Indian copies are known, but later in the 16th century it was widely copied in Ottoman Turkey, both in Istanbul for the sultan’s library and in the provinces. (See MSS 1038)