Amplification of the Poem, the Burdah, Or the Expansion of the Bright Stars in the Praise of the Finest of Mankind, the Prophet Muhammad


This manuscript is a copy of the poem in honor of the Prophet Muhammad, which is popularly known as Qaṣīdat al-burdah (The poem of the mantle). It was written by Sharaf al-Dīn Muḥammad al-Būṣīrī (died 694 AH [1294 AD]). The poem has a takhmīs (amplification, or expansion of the poem) by Naṣīr al-Dīn Muḥammad al-Fayyūmī. The amplification and the text of the Qaṣīdat al-burdah were written in Naskh and Thuluth scripts respectively by Riḍwān ibn Muḥammad al-Tabīzī in 767 AH (1366 AD), probably for the Mawlawī (Mevlevi) Library in Konya, Turkey. The manuscript is written in a single column of 12 lines, with catchwords outside of the text frame added by a later hand. The illuminated title page includes a patronage statement. The manuscript is from the Walters Art Museum and is designated Walters W. 581.

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تخميس البردة

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Chain lines grouped in twos. Foliation: i + 27 + i. Dimensions: 18 centimeters wide by 27 centimeters high. Framing lines in blue, gold, and black

Last updated: November 3, 2011