- Walters Ms. W.578, Prayer
- Abū al-Ḥasan al-Shādhilī (d. 656 AH / 1258 CE), Abū al-Ḥasan ʿAlī ibn ʿAbd Allāh al-Shādhilī, and ابو الحسن علي بن عبد الله الشاذلي
- This illuminated manuscript is of the well-known prayer called Ḥizb al-baḥr (Litany of the sea) by Abū al-Ḥasan al-Shādhilī (d. 656 AH / 1258 CE), the founder of the Shādhilīyah sufi order. It was copied in the eleventh century AH / seventeenth CE in Ottoman Turkey. The text, on gold-sprinkled paper with tan tinted margins, is written in a variety of large-size scripts, including thuluth, muḥaqqaq, rayḥān, and tawqīʿ, vocalized in black and blue. Illuminated rosettes with colored dots serve as verse markers.There is a bequest (waqf) statement (fol. 2a) in the name of Sultan ʿUthmān Khān III (reg. 1168-71 AH / 1754-57 CE), signed by Ibrāhīm Ḥanīf, inspector of awqāf. The illuminated finispiece (fol. 7b) is inscribed with the basmalah and ḥamdalah in white thuluth script in horizontal panels that frame a central lozenge containing Qur'anic verses in green and black Square Kufic. The binding of gold-sprinkled pink paper over pasteboard with central lobed gold-tooled medallion dates to the late eleventh century AH / seventeenth CE or the twelfth century AH / eighteenth CE. The fact that the flap is on the wrong side suggests that the manuscript may have been rebound at a later stage.
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