Siyar-i Nabî = Life of the Prophet. Darîr Erzurumî (fl. 14th cent.) (Translator). Murad III, Sultan of the Turks (1546-1595) (Patron). 1003 [1594-1595]. Istanbul.
The title is in Turkish and means ‘Life of the Prophet’ and describes the life of Muhammed. It was written in 1388 by Mustafa, son of Yusuf of Erzurum.
This work became well-known for its copy, Ottoman manuscript that was created in the 16th century and it is "the largest single cycle of religious painting in Islamic art" and "the most complete visual portrayal of the life of the Prophet Muhammad" as Carol Garrett Fisher said. The copy was finished in 1595 by the famous calligrapher Lutfi Abdullah, and it contained 814 miniatures in six volumes. Muhammad is depicted in this manuscript many times and always shown with a veiled face usually in flames. The flame was used to indicate the sacred figures same as a halo in Eastern tradition.
This collection includes the verses from Volume III, which were scanned by The New York Public Library.
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