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Kitab al-Bulhan or Book of Wonders (late 14thC.)

Adam Green - November 17, 2011 in Abd al-Hasan Al-Isfahani, arabic manuscript, astrology, astronomy, book of wonders, Images, Kitab al-Bulhan, medieval manuscript, non-article, persian

The Kitab al-Bulhan, or Book of Wonders, is an Arabic manuscript dating mainly from the late 14th century A.D. and probably bound together in Baghdad during the reign of Jalayirid Sultan Ahmad (1382-1410). The manuscript is made up of astrological, astronomical and geomantic texts compiled by Abd al-Hasan Al-Isfahani, as well as a dedicated section of full-page illustrations, with each plate titled with “A discourse on….”, followed by the subject of the discourse (a folktale, a sign of the zodiac, a prophet, etc.).

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