Maxims of ‘Alī

Material Information

Maxims of ‘Alī
Series Title:
Objects of instruction : treasures of SOAS
Added title page title:
کلمات قصار : لعلى بن ابىطالب امىر المؤمنىن
Added title page title:
Alinin ÖzdeyiÅŸleri
علي بن أبي طالب، الخليفة، 23 ق. هـ.-40 هـ
ʻAlī ibn Abī Ṭālib, Caliph, approximately 600-661 ( contributor )
Amir Al-Mu'minin 'Ali Ibn Abi Talib ( contributor )
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Publication Date:
Gold and ink on paper ( medium )
H20.5 x W14.4 cm in


Subjects / Keywords:
ʻAlī ibn Abī Ṭālib, Caliph, approximately 600-661 ( lcna )
Proverbs ( lcsh )
Aphorisms and apothegms ( lcsh )
Maxims ( lcsh )
Ali bin Ebu Talib, Halife, yaklaşık 600-661
Aforizmalar ve özlü sözler
Asya -- Türkiye
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آسيا -- تركيا
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Азия -- Турция
Ασία -- Τουρκία
Spatial Coverage:
Asia -- Turkey
39 x 35


This slim, leather-bound book is dated 1167 AH (1753-54 CE) and was produced in Ottoman Turkey. It contains a series of Arabic maxims attributed to ‘AlÄ«, the Prophet Muḥammad's son-in-law and fourth successor as caliph. Collections of ‘All’s maxims enjoyed considerable popularity in the Muslim world and exist in many versions; this particular collection arranges the sayings alphabetically. The maxims are handsomely written in various scripts such as thuluth and naskh and arranged horizontally lengthwise; each page has four lines of text, the upper- and lowermost being larger in scale than those in between. Bold vegetal and floral scrolls executed in liquid gold ornament the opening pages, while smaller panels of scrollwork decorate the remainder of the text. It is, however, the crisp, black calligraphy that constitutes the book's most striking aesthetic feature (Text by Ünver Rüstem, from the exhibition catalogue: Objects of instruction : treasures of the School of Oriental and African Studies, Anna Contadini, Editor. London : SOAS, University of London, 2007.) ( en )
General Note:
VIAF (name authority) : ʻAlī ibn Abī Ṭālib, Caliph, approximately 600-661 : 44268122
General Note:
The 'Objects of instruction : the treasures of SOAS' exhibition was funded through a generous gift from the Foyle Foundation and with the support of the Arts & Humanities Research Council.
General Note:
Source: A. Contadini (ed.), Objects of Instruction : Treasures of the School of Oriental and African Studies. London : SOAS, University of London, 2007, p.105, no.82.
General Note:
Dated 1167 AH (1753-54 CE)
General Note:
Folios 1 v-2r of MS 47271

Record Information

Source Institution:
SOAS, University of London
Holding Location:
Archives and Special Collections
Rights Management:
All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier:
MS 47271 ( soas manuscript number )
5562b345-2fab-4716-abce-89b4c8e8c9bd ( calm recordid )


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