[Back cover of binding], illuminated manuscript
Life of the Prophet Muhammad written at the order of the Mamluk sultan al-Mansûr 'Alâ' al-Dîn 'Alî (d. 778/1376). The work was first illustrated during the reign of the Ottoman sultan Murâd III.
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. The New York Public Library comprises simultaneously a set of scholarly research collections and a network of community libraries, and its intellectual and cultural range is both global and local, while singularly attuned to New York City. That combination lends to the Library an extraordinary richness. It is special also in being historically a privately managed, nonprofit corporation with a public mission, operating with both private and public financing in a century-old, still evolving private-public partnership. Last year, over 16 million New Yorkers visited the library, and over 25 million used its website. The NYPL Digital Gallery provides free and open access to over 640,000 images digitized from the The New York Public Library's vast collections, including not just photographs but illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints and more. Digital projects and partnerships at NYPL are managed by the Digital Experience Group, a 21-person team of programmers, designers, and producers dedicated to expanding and enhancing all points of computer and Web-mediated interaction with the library's collections, services and staff.