Journal of Arabic and Islamic Studies

A muraqqa' by the Istanbul-born calligrapher Yedikuleli Seyid Abdullah (d. 1144/1731)

ISSN: 0806-198X

Editors: Lutz E. Edzard and Stephan Guth, Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages (IKOS), University of Oslo, Norway
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The geometric design on the cover of the paper edition is by Craig S. Kaplan at the Computer Graphics Lab of the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science, University of Waterloo,Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1. For more of Craig Kaplan's designs and projects click here.


The image situated beneath the Journal title on this website is a muraqqa' by the Istanbul-born calligrapher Yedikuleli Seyid Abdullah (d. 1144/1731), which was presented to the Ottoman Grand Vizier Damad Ibrahim Pasha in 1131 A.H. The illustration is from Shevket Rado, Türk Hattatlari (Istanbul: Yayin Matbaacilik Sanayii, n.d.), plate following p. 144. On Yedikuleli Seyid Abdullah, see ibid., pp. 136-37.

The text here, the latter part of a saying of the Prophet, is a single frame from the original composition and is incomplete: "… to your hearts and to your deeds. The Messenger of God has spoken the truth."

The entire text of the hadith is translated as follows: "Verily Allah does not look to your faces and your wealth but He looks to your heart[s] and to your deeds." Sahîh Muslim, Kitâb al-birr wa-al-salâh wa-al-âdâb, hadîth 6221; trans. 'Abdul Hamid Siddiqi, slightly altered in brackets.


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