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This site brings you a comprehensive collection of manuscripts of the 'Shahnama', the Persian epic 'Book of Kings', completed by the poet Firdausi in AD 1010, together with a display of the miniature paintings in each one. There are currently about 1500 manuscripts and single pages recorded, 20,000 records of paintings, and 15,000 images from all over the world. It allows you compare all the different depictions of a particular scene in the story, produced over a period of almost 600 years.
Over 200 manuscripts, chiefly in Arabic but also include Persian, Ottoman Turkish, and other languages of the Islamic world. They date from the early centuries of Islam through the fall of the Ottoman Empire. Most of the manuscripts originated in Arabia,
images of 29 facsimiles of Islamic Arabic manuscripts from the Mingana Collection, collection was acquired by Alphonse Mingana (1878-1937) in three trips to the Middle East between 1925 and 1929 now housed in the University of Birmingham Department of Special Collections