Illustrations from

Maqāmāt of al-Hariri

(Abou Mohammad al-Qāsim ibn ‛Ali ibn Mohammad ibn ‛Ali al-Hariri al-Basri)

St. Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies,
manuscript C-23 of c. 1225-35


Text link to the larger images:
Maqamat. Caravan at rest
Maqamat. f.12a, A Caravan Shop
Maqamat. f.18b, Literary Meeting
Maqamat. f.43b, An old man and a young man in front of the tents of the rich pilgrims
Maqamat. f.99a, Thief Taking his Loot
Maqamat. f.101a, Abu Zayd preaching in a mosque
Maqamat. Abu Zayd at a wedding banquet at a beggars’ mansion in Cairo.
Maqamat. Abu Zayd as a teacher in a school at Hims
Maqamat. f.165a, Abu Zayd Performing a Bleeding in a Crowd of Curious People
Maqamat. Abu Zayd and al-Harith talking
Maqamat. f.223a, Abu Zayd and al-Harith, the singer and the herd of camels
Maqamat. f.250a, The meeting of Abu Zayd and al-Harith at the reception of the governor of Merv

Reference: "The St. Petersburg manuscript of the Maqāmāt by al-Ḥarīrī and its Place in the History of Arab Painting" by O.G. Bolshakov in Manuscripta Orientali, Vol. 3 No 4 December 1997.
Other Maqamat manuscripts



Other resources for 13th century Islamic costume:
Kitab al-Aghani (Book of Songs), c. 1218-19, probably Mosul
Seljuk battle plate, early 13th century
Na't al-hayawan a medical treatise, c. 1220