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Mosque of Cristo de la Luz

Built in 999 in Toledo, this building is a rarity in that it is in much the same state as it was when it was originally built. It is one of the few mosques…

Leaf from a Qur'an manuscript, late 9th–10th century, Possibly Syria, Ink, gold, and colors on vellum

Leaf from a Qur’an manuscript, late 9th–10th century

This page is from a dispersed manuscript, many folios of which once belonged to the scholar R. M. Riefstahl. The angular kufic script is moderated by the roundness of several letters that look…

Textile fragment, late 10th century; cAbbasid, Probably Iraq, Cotton, plain weave with painted inscription

Textile fragment, late 10th century

Cotton textiles from the eastern Islamic world were often inexpensively decorated with simple painted brushstrokes. The painted surface decoration of these textiles imitates the more luxurious type with embroidered silk inscriptions and also…

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