Illustrations from

Maqāmāt of al-Hariri

Abou Mohammad al-Qāsim ibn ‛Ali ibn Mohammad ibn ‛Ali al-Hariri al-Basri (1054 - 1122) (author).
The Maqamat ('Assemblies') are a collection of amusing stories told by the merchant al-Harith about a peripatetic rogue named Abu Zaid.

Maqamat manuscript British Library, Ms. Or. Add. 22114

Abu Zayd pretends to be a Muslim religious leader at a funeral


Source: Arab Painting: Text and Image in Illustrated Arabic Manuscripts edited by Anna Contadini

21st Maqama - Abu Zayd preaching



Pilgrims on Hajj


folios 102v and 103r of the Maqamat of al-Hariri, mid-14th century. British Library, London (Or.Add.22144)
Source: Plate 4, The Hajj, collected eassays. British Museum.
(British Library, Ms. Or. Add. 22114, London)



Other Maqamat manuscripts




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