28 Feb This manuscript preserves what is arguably the most valuable copy in existence of al-Maqāmāt al-ḥarīriyah (The assemblies of al-Hariri). The Al Maqamat al Hariri, also known as the Scherer Hariri after a previous owner, is one of the most overwhelmingly beautiful Arabic illuminated manuscripts. Written By: The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica. Al-Ḥarīrī. Islamic scholar. Sermon being preached from a minbar, miniature from the Maqāmāt of al-Ḥarīrī.

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This was known as maqamat “assemblies” – amusing anecdotes hariei by a vagabond who made his living by his wits. Contact our editors with your feedback. It was completely burned and looted. Type of Item Manuscripts.

Initially appearing in the second half of the tenth century, the Maqamat were invented by Badi al-Zaman al-Hamadhani d. The stories, under this disguise, often discuss serious topics.

If you prefer to suggest your own revision of the harirl, you can go to edit mode requires login. Due to publishers’ policies, some prices can’t be displayed online, however we can answer to direct enquiries. Please call for special OMI price. Full color reproduction in the original format 27 x 38 cmpp, with 99 illustrations. Voltaire, one of the greatest of all French writers.

Most of the miniatures have raised gold decorationwith black and red calligraphic script. Thank You for Your Contribution! Let us marvel at some of the beautiful illustrations found in a 13th century copy of Maqamat Al-Hariri. Its collection was relatively small, holding only about manuscripts.

The Assemblies of al-Hariri

He is best known for maqamay maqamat literally: Produced in Southern Iraq in the first half of the 13th century, the manuscript features 99 surviving miniatures highly esteemed, in modern times, for their authentic depiction of real life. Maqamat is an Arabic rhymed prose literary form with short poetic passages.

These tales are filled not only with humour and adventure but with linguistic and poetic feats as well. This entire collection was lost — and there were no microfilms or microfiche copies. Contact us for a quote You can also Sign up for a Free Account to access some prices online and save a list of your Favorites.


Subject Date Around – Nearly all of them were copied in the core areas of the Arabic-speaking world—Egypt, Syria, Iraq—where there lived and prospered the class of educated Arabs likely to enjoy reading this forbidding book and interested in acquiring, perhaps even in sponsoring, a luxury edition of a beloved work.

Any text you add should be original, not copied from other sources. From the time they were first made known, in large surveys of the late nineteenth century, the miniatures from this manuscript were praised for their realism in depicting life.

It will be ,aqamat to mention three collections of such Epistles: Both subtle and hriri expressive, Al Maqamat masamat Hariri represents a pinnacle of Islamic paintingto which even Buddhist Indian art made a contribution.

Maqamat Al-Hariri « Facsimile edition

The Maqamat presents a vivid street-level view of the medieval Islamic countries at the height of their power maqamzt culture.

Help us improve this article! The subjects of the images are many, but also consistent and one does not need, at least at first glance, the text to understand the activities depicted and to agree that they provide a sort of panorama of the actual episodes of a human life from birth to death, or else the activities of an ordinary Arab urban middle class world, spinning, going to the mosque, suing someone in front of a judge, travelling, drinking in a tavern, going to the library, mawamat, eating, buying a slave.

You may find it helpful to search within the site to see how similar or related subjects are covered. Al-Wasiti, the founder of the Baghdad school of illustration, was also an outstanding calligrapher, a fact evident in his beautiful naskh style.

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Al-Hariri of Basra

Unparalleled Sophistication The rhetorical style achieved by al Hariri was used as textbook for rhetoric and as schoolbook until early modern times. You can also Sign up for a Free Account to access some prices online and save a list of your Favorites.


Miniature from one of the greatest Arabic illuminated manuscripts, a compendium of tales by al-Hariri of Basra A. No other known copy of the work has as many such illustrations. Annotation for above image Figure 9: We welcome suggested improvements to any of our articles. Our editors will review what you’ve submitted, and if it meets our criteria, we’ll add it to the article.

All that they expected was a literarily haririi, imaginative and meaningful visual translation haririi their favorite text and thus an appropriate status symbol for their position. A girl stands in one doorway with a woman, probably her mother.

He wanted his viewers to see and recognize a specific world and to be amused by it, but he did not feel compelled to depict every detail of every feature. The people involved in many of these activities maqama be slightly caricaturied, but with humour and sympathy, and their facial maqakat, clothes, poses, or gestures can all be assumed to reflect observations made by the artist from the surrounding world.

Some of them, the village or the drove of camels, have even found many more uses than is legitimate to amqamat for them; in fact one can hardly look at the book of traditional Islamic or Arab culture, history, or society that does not illustrate its points with images from the Maqamat, even if they are not appropriate with respect to time or place.

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