The Arabic alphabet is the Arabic script as it is codified for writing the Arabic language. It is written from right to left, in a cursive style, and includes 28 letters. Because letters usually stand for consonants, it is classified as an abjad.  Time period: 400 to the present.  Parent systems: Proto-Sinaitic, Phoenician, Aramaic, Syriac, Nabataean. ttp://wizzyschool.com/language/alphabets%20of%20the%20world.php Accessed:  July 14, 2014

The Arabic alphabet is the Arabic script as it is codified for writing the Arabic language. It is written from right to left,…

"Isfandiyar Kills The Simurgh Safavid," Folio From The Shahnama Of Shah Isma'Il, 1576-77 CE Opaque watercolour, gold and ink on paper Page 41.1 x 30.4 cm; Image 38.5 x 28.4 cm http://www.akdn.org/museum/detail.asp?artifactid=1705  Accessed: July 14, 2014

Folio From The Shahnama Of Shah Isma'Il: Isfandiyar Kills The Simurgh Iran, Safavid, CE Materials and technique Opaque watercolour, gold and ink on paper Dimensions Page x cm; Image x cm Accession number The Aga Khan Museum

"Iskandar in the Presence of the Brahmins," Folio from the Shahnama (Book of Kings) of Firdausi Date: ca. 1330–40 Geography: Iran, probably Isfahan Medium: Ink, opaque watercolor, gold, and silver on paper Dimensions: Page: 8 1/16 x 4 7/8 in. (20.5 x 12.4 cm) Painting: 1 7/8 x 4 5/16 in. (4.8 x 11 cm) Metropolitan Museum of Art 1974.290.32 Accessed:  July 12, 2014

"Iskandar in the Presence of the Brahmins", Folio from a Shahnama (Book of Kings) of Firdausi

Walking Tour of The Alhambra from Islamic Art.org. This site allows the user to "tour" the Alhambra through images, exploring the layout as if s/he is there in person.  This tour helps convey the sense of "weightlessness" that symbolic of Islamic architecture. http://islamic-arts.org/2011/the-alhambra-a-virtual-walking-tour/ Dec. 26, 2011 Accessed:  July 14, 2014

The Alhambra, Granada, Spain - a magnificent Moorish palace. One of the most beautiful places I've ever seen!

"Hunting Scene," Manuscript:I.O.Islamic 3540 Scene: Finispiece (verso side) Dimensions (h x w): 280 x 175 mm Format: Rectangular within borders Gregorian Date:1590 (circa) School: Shiraz, Painter: Zain al-'Abidin  http://shahnama.caret.cam.ac.uk/new/jnama/card/ceillustration:-1312509134 Uploaded:  Oct. 10, 2007 Accessed:  July 12, 2014

"Hunting Scene," Manuscript:I.O.Islamic 3540 Scene: Finispiece (verso side) Dimensions (h x w): 280 x 175 mm Format: Rectangular within borders Gregorian Date:1590 (circa) School: Shiraz, Painter: Zain al-'Abidin http://shahnama.caret.cam.ac.uk/new/jnama/card/ceillustration:-1312509134 Uploaded: Oct. 10, 2007 Accessed: July 12, 2014

"Rakhsh Kills a Lion while Rustam is Asleep", Shahnama (Book of Kings) of Firdausi Date: ca. 1300–30 Geography: Northwestern Iran or Baghdad Medium: Ink, opaque watercolor, silver, and gold on paper Dimensions: Text block: 6 1/16 x 4 13/16 in. (15.4 x 12.3 cm) Painting: 1 13/16 x 3 5/16 in. (4.6 x 8.4 cm) Metropolitan Museum of Art 69.74.9 http://www.metmuseum.org/co Accessed:  July 14,2014

"Rakhsh Kills a Lion while Rustam is Asleep", Folio from a Shahnama (Book of Kings) of Firdausi

The World's Best Qur'an Recitation, 2006. Performed by Mr.Amin Pouya, at the International Qur'an Competition (First Prize) held in Calicut, India.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jivNz_i9QTU Uploaded:  April 1, 2007 Accessed:  July 15, 2014

Amin Pouya of Iran competes in the International Qur'an Competition in 2006

40 maps that explain the Middle East

40 maps that explain the Middle East

Fertile crescent, cradle of civilization - 40 maps explain the Middle East

"Rustam Captures Rakhsh", Shahnama (Book of Kings) Abu'l Qasim Firdausi (935–1020) Folio from an illustrated manuscript Date: mid-15th century Culture: Islamic Medium: Main support: Ink, opaque watercolor, gold on paper Margins: Ink and gold on dyed paper Dimensions: 7.25 in. high 7.62 in. wide (18.4 cm high 19.4 cm wide) http://www.metmuseum.org/co...  Accessed:  July 14, 2014

Rustam Captures Rakhsh (Abu'l Qasim Firdausi CE Persian): Shahnama ("Book of Kings") (Mid Century CE Islamic Miniature Painting, India)) (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)

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