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LARGE PORTRAIT OF CROWN PRINCE 'ABBAS MIRZA, ATTRIBUTABLE TO MIHR 'ALI, PERSIA, QAJAR, CIRCA 1800

A Large Portrait of Crown Prince 'Abbas Mirza, attributable to Mihr 'Ali, Persia, Qajar, circa 1800

When Sarajevo fell under siege in 1992, Mustafa Jahic, director of the Gazi Husrav Beg Library, decided that the 10,000 manuscripts it held must be saved. ‘Saving the documents of civilisation is in my opinion, equal to saving human lives,’ Jahic says. ‘Books are our past, our roots. Without the past, we don’t have a present or a future.’    19th century illuminated Koran by Serifovic Mushaf

A century illuminated Koran by Serifovic Mushaf. Along with more than other unique manuscripts, this beautiful book spent three years in dusty basements at the mercy of Serbian Nationalist shells Photograph: Oxford Film & Television Ltd / Sam Hobkinson

When Sarajevo fell under siege in 1992, Mustafa Jahic, director of the Gazi Husrav Beg Library, decided that the 10,000 manuscripts it held must be saved. ‘Saving the documents of civilisation is in my opinion, equal to saving human lives,’ Jahic says. ‘Books are our past, our roots. Without the past, we don’t have a present or a future.’    19th century illuminated Koran by Serifovic Mushaf

A century illuminated Koran by Serifovic Mushaf. Along with more than other unique manuscripts, this beautiful book spent three years in dusty basements at the mercy of Serbian Nationalist shells Photograph: Oxford Film & Television Ltd / Sam Hobkinson

Islamic School - Illuminated pages of a Koran manuscript, Il-Khanid Mameluke School

Image: Islamic School - Illuminated pages of a Koran manuscript, Il-Khanid Mameluke School

Ottoman Turkey Arabic Islamic Quran Koran Antique Illuminated Manuscript | eBay

700 year old arabic ilkhanid islamic quran koran antique illuminated manuscript

Illuminated Manuscript Koran, The left side of a double-page illumination , Walters Art Museum Ms. W.577, fol.2a by Walters Art Museum Illuminated Manuscripts, via Flickr

Illuminated Manuscript Koran, The left side of a double-page illumination , Walters Art Museum Ms. by Walters Art Museum Illuminated Manuscripts.