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The Persian language as we know it today emerged after the Arab conquests of the 8th century CE. One of the National Library of Israel’s treasured manuscripts contains the first known example of New Persian to appear on the world stage…
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One of the world’s greatest collections of manuscripts is now available to view in the online catalog of the National Library of Israel
This story which originated in 7th century Arabia has traveled across the world over the ages
These rare photos offer a glimpse of a monumental Ottoman project, designed to transport “hajj” pilgrims and unite a vast Islamic realm
How advanced mathematics were used for Islamic religious purposes in the Middle Ages
A look at the figure of Abraham the Patriarch in the Islamic tradition, with the help of manuscripts from the National Library of Israel’s Islam and Middle East Collection
Irreplaceable documentation of ancient nomadic culture to be saved and made freely available online
A seventeenth century travelogue by a famous Sufi mystic describes a strange and surprising image of Ottoman Palestine
Rumi, Ibn Arabi, and the radical Sufi conception of religion
A seventeenth-century Muslim intellectual’s staunch defense of smoking sheds light on the practice’s connection to modernity and the concept of recreation
A mysterious 80 year old document which recently surfaced in our collections emphasizes the geopolitical significance of Bahrain. But what is it doing here?
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