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Vakil Mosque

Vakil Mosque in Shiraz

The Vakil Mosque (Persian: مسجد وکیل ‎ – Masjed-e Vakil), Shiraz, Iran is a beautiful mosque built in mid 18th century by Karim Khan, Regent (Vakil)  and the founder of Zand Dynasty. The entrance gates as well as…

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The Morgan Treasures of Islamic Manuscripts

It was at the urging of his librarian, Belle da Costa Greene (1879–1950), that Pierpont Morgan purchased the core of his Islamic collection in 1911 and 1912. Greene had become Morgan’s librarian in…

Islamic Calligraphy – 1250 to 1450 A.D.

  Written in a bold muhaqqaq script with the word Allah in gold, this page is from chapter three of the Koran (the House of Imran), verses 79 and 80. The passage stresses…

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