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Siyar-i Nabî
Additional title: Life of the Prophet
Darîr Erzurumî (fl. 14th cent.) (Translator)
Murad III, Sultan of the Turks, 1546-1595 (Patron)
Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1595-01-01 - 1595-12-31
Place: Istanbul
Library locations
Spencer Collection
Shelf locator: Spencer Coll. Turk. MS. 3
Manuscripts, Turkish
Saudah bint-i Zamʻah, wife of Prophet Muḥammad
illuminated manuscripts
Content: Incipit: akhbaranâ al-shaykh al-jalîl Abî [sic] 'Abd-Allâh Muhammad bin Ahmad bin Muhammad bin 'Ubayd bin Mûsâ al-faqîh al-mâlikî qâla: Akhbaranâ Muhâjir bin 'Abd-Allâh ... (Ending, p. 465v): ... kendû zaynî bir kishi oldum sanur, fakr û darvishlik al-ishi sanur, [...] . (Catchword, p. 465v): bild (bld).
Ownership: The Spencer volume probably did not leave the royal Ottoman library until after 'Abd al-'Azîz's death in 1876. It was purchased for The New York Public Library in either 1930 or 1957.
Content: Mustafâ Zarîr's (al-Zarîr, Mustafâ ibn Yûsuf ibn 'Umar al-Maulawî al-Erzurûmî) Turkish translation and elaboration of Abu'l-Hasan al-Bakrî al-Basrî's (fl. 6/13th century) version of Ibn Ishâq's (fl. 3/9th century) life of the Prophet Muhammad was written at the order of the Mamluk sultan al-Mansûr 'Alâ' al-Dîn 'Alî (d. 778/1376). (Schmitz, p. 238)
Content: The work was first illustrated during the reign of the Ottoman sultan Murâd III. (Schmitz, p. 238)
Citation/reference: Schmitz, IV.2.
Date: Date created: 1003 (Islamic calendar).
Exhibitions: NYPL Exhibition ID: TL 20.01.BEL17 (legacy image id 1642445); NYPL Exhibition ID: TL 18.01.066 (legacy image id 1642440)
Content: 127 illuminations on folios 2r, 2v, 3v, 5v, 7r, 57v, 59r, 65r, 75v, 91r, 99r, 107r, 115v, 130r, 133r, 135v, 136v, 140v, 145r, 147v, 150v, 152v, 156r, 157v, 159v, 162r, 164r, 170r, 173v, 175v, 183r, 185r, 186v, 191r, 194r, 197v, 204v, 209v, 212r, 214v, 216r, 218v, 220v, 222v, 228r, 230v, 233r, 234v, 237r, 238v, 240v, 242r, 245r, 246v, 249v, 251v, 255r, 259r, 261 v, 262v, 267v, 270r, 272r, 276r, 280v, 283v, 285r, 286v, 288r, 292r, 296v, 298v, 300v, 311r, 313v, 316v, 319v, 321r, 323r, 325r, 327r, 331v, 334r, 339r, 344r, 347r, 350v, 353r, 357r, 359v, 361r, 364r, 367r, 371r, 373r, 376r, 378v, 380v, 386r, 387v, 390v, 394r, 397r, 399v, 404v, 406r, 409r, 411v, 413v, 420r, 421r, 422v, 424r, 426v, 428r, 434v, 438v, 439v, 443v, 448r, 449r, 451v, 456r, 458r, 461r, 463r, and 464v.
Physical Description
Extent: Volume III. Thick cream polished paper. 465 folios [with lacunae]. 38 x 27 cm (trimmed). Naskh. 128 miniatures.
Black morocco binding with recessed center, pendants, and cornerpieces patterned with fine hatayi designs in black on gold
Type of Resource
Still image
Turkish, Ottoman (1500-1928)
Photo Order: 48280
NYPL Exhibition ID: TL 20.01.BEL17
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): cff0bdb0-d434-012f-fdaa-58d385a7bbd0
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Item timeline of events

  • 1595: Created (Approximate)
  • 2014: Digitized
  • 2024: Found by you!
  • 2025

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