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Arabic Machine Manuscript

- July 9, 2012 in arabic manuscript, diagrams, Images, Images-17th, Images-18th, Images-Illumination, Images-Science, machinery, non-article, schematics

Images from an Arabic manuscript featuring schematics for water powered systems, pulleys and gearing mechanisms. The date is unknown but is thought to be from sometime between the 16th and 19th century.

(All images from Max Planck Digital Library via Wikimedia Commons).













































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

- 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.).

(Higher resolution images can be found at Wikimedia Commons)



















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