Futuh al-Haramain (Description of the Holy Cities)

Author: Muhi al-Din Lari

Object Name: Illustrated manuscript

Date: mid-16th century

Geography: Attributed to Turkey

Medium: Main support: Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Binding: Leather

Dimensions: H. 8 3/8 in (21.3 cm)
W. 5 1/4 in. (13.3 cm)

Classification: Codices

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1932

Accession Number: 32.131


The text of the Futuh al‑Haramain comprises a guidebook for those performing the hajj (pilgrimage) to Mecca and other places sacred to the Muslim faith. Manuscripts typically include descriptions of the rituals and prayers to be performed at each location, along with images of the shrines and other views of pilgrimage sites. The illustrations include the renovations of the holy sites ordered by the Ottoman sultan Suleiman, indicating a date for the book no earlier than the mid‑sixteenth century.