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  • Levha

Created / Published

  • 18th-19th centuries


  • -  Calligraphy, Arabic
  • -  Calligraphy, Persian
  • -  Calligraphy, Ottoman
  • -  Manuscripts, Arabic--Washington (D.C.)
  • -  Turkey
  • -  Iran
  • -  Arabic script calligraphy
  • -  Illuminated Islamic manuscripts
  • -  Islamic calligraphy
  • -  Islamic manuscripts
  • -  Nasta'liq


  • -  Levha or a calligraphic panel with an Arabic saying written in black Nasta'liq script typical in Ottoman and Safavid eras.
  • -  Dimensions of Written Surface: 29.5 (w) x 19.5 (h) cm
  • -  This calligraphic panel includes an arabic saying written in black nasta'liq script on a brown background framed in blue and pink borders decorated with gold designs. The lower right and left corners of the panel are lost. The saying reads:
  • -  This particular prayer, which places complete trust in God, typically is recited by an individual as a pious invocation (du'a) to the Lord. Several mystical groups, such as the Naqshbandi Sufis (mystics), also recite this du'a in a repeated fashion during the prayer performed at daybreak (Salat al-fajr). Judging from the remaining strings attached at the top of this calligraphic panel, it probably had been suspended from a wall in a dervish lodge sometime during the 18th-19th centuries.
  • -  Ufawwitu amri ila Allah inna Allah bashara bi al-'ibad / I entrust my affair to God. Truly, God looks after His servants.
  • -  Script: nasta'liq
  • -  1-04-713.15.3


  • 1 volume ; 37 (w) x 27.8 (h) cm


  • Library of Congress African and Middle Eastern Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA

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  • 2019714515

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The contents of the Library of Congress Selections of Arabic, Persian, and Ottoman Calligraphy are in the public domain or have no known copyright restrictions and are free to use and reuse.

Credit Line: Library of Congress, African and Middle East Division, Near East Section Persian Manuscript Collection

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