Late 15th century, steel, engraved and damascened with silver; copper alloy ”This turban helmet … is fixed with a lead seal stamped with the mark used in the Ottoman arsenals, an indication that this [helmet] passed into Turkish possession as booty with the Ottoman conquest of Iran and the Caucasus.” (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

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Malus sieversii or Malus turkmenorum is a wild apple native to the mountains of Central Asia in southern Kazakhstan, eastern Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Northern Afghanistan and Xinjiang. Malus sieversii is thought to be the progenitor of almost all varieties of domesticated apple in the world but is listed as an endangered species. It is used in breeding programmes to develop domestic apples that are more resistant to disease and drought. It’s very similar in appearance to the domestic apple but unlike domesticated varieties its leaves go red in autumn: 62.2% of the trees in the wild do this compared to only 2.8% of the 2,170 English cultivated varieties.

Almaty, the largest city in Kazakhstan derives its name from the Kazakh word for ‘apple’ (алма), and is often translated as “full of apples” (the region surrounding Almaty is home to forests of Malus sieversii); alma is also ‘apple’ in other Turkic languages, as well as in Hungarian. The Soviet-era name, Alma-Ata, is Kazakh for “Father of Apples.” (x) (x)

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The adventures of the early Islamic hero Hamza, the uncle of the Prophet Muhammad, are a favorite subject of Javanese literature in which the deeds of the hero are retold. The Javanese legends are written in poetic form and relate the stories as occurring during the lifetime of the Prophet. This manuscript, written in the Javanese and Pégon (Arabic–Javanese) alphabets, contains a number of the main episodes in the tales of Hamza. The codex offers a prime example of the art of book illumination that flourished during this period in Yogyakarta, a city and sultanate on the Indonesian island of Java and a traditional center of Javanese culture. Particularly remarkable are the various highly symbolic wadana, ornamentally decorated pages at the beginning or the end of separate text passages. (via)

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the Citadel of Qaitbay is considered one of the most important defensive strongholds. It was built in 1477 CE by Sultan Al-Ashraf Sayf al-Din Qa’it Bay (hence the name). It protected Egypt well first under the Mamelukes and then the Ottomans. Unfortunately, as the Ottomans weakened the Citadel did too. In 1798 the French Expedition easily took the fort. Inside, they discovered ome crusader weapons, which dated back to the campaign of Louis IX around 1250! Today, the fort has been restored and is now a maritime museum.

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Carolyn Drake: Uyghur

Artist Statement:

Xinjiang – China’s vast far western province  – has changed drastically since I began photographing Uyghurs there in 2007. Traditionally living in agricultural villages and trading towns on the edges of the Taklimakan Desert, many Uyghurs have been forced off of their land and out of their courtyard homes into grim urban housing projects. They are displaced by millions of Han workers migrating west from the Chinese interior as government policy aggressively tightens its grip on this province which occupies one fifth of China’s territory and borders several newly independent, Islamic leaning countries.  While Uyghurs continue to aspire to cultural and political autonomy, their language and way of life are transforming.

      Ive been drawn back over and over.  The attraction comes partly from a sense that these changes ought to be viewed from more perspectives, especially ones that consider Uyghur interests. Its also a personal attraction to the desert landscape, communal culture, frantic streetlife, and hospitality.

      Feeling the limits of my own viewpoint, I began to look for materials other than my own photos.  I learned about the significance of dreams in Islam and asked people to describe their own remembered dreams.  I asked people to leave messages in my journal.  I picked up objects left in the dust of demolition, photographing them out of context, later. And I made prints of my own photos, asking people to draw their own pictures on top of them and recording interviews with the few who were willing to take the risk. The project has become a collage of these disparate elements, my attempt to acknowledge the struggle of telling someone else’s story, and to give up some of my own control over it, without giving up altogether.

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charles hossein zenderoudi

1. crowns of love, 1972

2. dantielle cafe, undated

3. estrellitta alp, 1986

4. tchaar bagh, 1981

5. seda+sobh+zoud, 1971

6. the hand, 1959

7. vav+hwe, 1972

8. patty’s song, 1986

9. miuz, 1972

10. lorem ipsum, 1991

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kaaba picture as a misprint (2014) and kaaba pictures (2013), hamra abbas

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Wishing you a great week ahead :) with beautiful colors of #Morocco #arabesque #arabic #calligraphy


Wishing you a great week ahead :) with beautiful colors of #Morocco #arabesque #arabic #calligraphy

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Ottoman sultans in the 18th century used to wear shirts with the the Quran written on it (in dust script) for their protection. This is a contemporary art piece that is a copy of the #Ottoman shirts - #IslamicArt #arabic #calligraphy #Quran @gallerynaila #Riyadh #Saudi #ksa


Ottoman sultans in the 18th century used to wear shirts with the the Quran written on it (in dust script) for their protection. This is a contemporary art piece that is a copy of the #Ottoman shirts - #IslamicArt #arabic #calligraphy #Quran @gallerynaila #Riyadh #Saudi #ksa

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