Tareq Rajab Museum




Books soon to be published by the Tareq Rajab Museum, Kuwait


The Door Of Sultan Barquq  In Kuwait

 By Geza Fehervari

And additional research by

Iman R. Abdul Fattah

 The large, richly decorated metal door in the Tareq Rajab Museum in Kuwait exhibits a historical inscription giving the name and titles of Mamluk Sultan Barquq, the founder of the line of the Burji Mamluks, and the date of completion as Fabi’ ul-Awwal, 788AH/AD April, 1386. In spite of this inscription some scholars claimed, that the door was made by an Egyptian metalworker towards the end of the 19th century. Decorative details, but more importantly, the chemical analyses which were carried out at the Oxford Archaeological Research Laboratory, contradict this suggested late dating. The author carried out extensive research over several years and visited Cairo, Beirut and Budapest at number of occasions. The results of these investigations and the final conclusions are presented in this splendidly illustrated monograph.


 Magic and Popular Piety from the Islamic World in the Tareq Rajab Museum

By Dr Alexander Fodor

The Tareq Rajab Museum in Kuwait  possesses a large collection of objects which are related  to magic and popular piety. These objects come from the whole Islamic world and China, while in time they range from the early Islamic Centuries until the present. The selected material includes ceramics, metalwork, Seals, manuscripts, scrolls, textiles, wood and ivory, as represented by amulets, Talismans, magical bowls, rings, magical books, pictures, talismanic shirts, a Talismanic chart, dervish's accoutrement, etc. Among pieces of special interest are Rock crystal talismans, an early cylindrical amulet holder in gold, amulets and a Magical bowl from the 13th and 1 4th centuries, jade talismanic seals, a talismanic Shirt, a Sufi master's manuscript in circular leather binding with representations of the universe and amuletic diagrams, and  a talismanic chart made for Muzaffar AL Din Shah can be mentioned. 

Apart from giving a description of the objects, the book surveys them in a historical perspective, trying to indicate the changes that have taken place in the field of magic and popular piety through the ages. Certain groups of the objects, like early rock crystal seals, which were used in invocations for water, magical books, the talismanic chart, amulets on paper, will be given separate studies. Chapters of a more general character on the Islamic view of magic, the origins of magic in the Islamic world, Sufism and magic will complete the book.


Manuscripts of the Qur’an in the Tareq Rajab Museum, Kuwait

By Marcus Fraser

The Tareq Rajab Museum contains a rich and varied collection of Qur’an leaves and manuscripts dating from the 1st century Hijra to the present day. 

This book presents a detailed catalogue of the collection while surveying the development of Qur’anic scripts and decoration over the last 1300 years and across the whole breadth of the Islamic world, from Southern Spain to China and South East Asia.

With well over one hundred leaves and manuscripts illustrated, all in colour, with numerous details and close-ups of illumination, and a careful analysis of the stylistic aspects of the Qur’ans, the “Art of the Qur’an” promises to be not only a rich and lavish publication, but also a useful scholarly survey of an important group of previously unpublished material.

Marcus Fraser graduated in 1990 from Edinburgh University with an MA (Hons.) in Arabic and Islamic Art, and is now director of Islamic and Indian Art at Sotheby’s, London.


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