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"Water Amusements," famous painter Levni (d.1732) depicting the poet Vehbi (d.1736)'s account of the festival organized in 1720 to commemorate the circumcision of four sons of the Ottoman Sultan Ahmet III (r.1703-1730).
(Source: Surname-i Vehbi ("Book of Festivities"), Topkapi Sarayi Muzesi. Manuscript. H3593. Digital Collection: Bilkent University.)
The Cookbook (for the Raw Ones)
This beautiful online book contains excellent essays and anecdotes on the historic and contemporary role of food, meeting and hospitality in Islam, featuring an art gallery of Islamic art.
Books in the field of Islamic Studies have two dates to indicate the same event: for example, "Ibn Sina (d.427 AH / 1037 CE)." This does not mean that Ibn Sina died twice, but that there are two calendars used by the scholars. The Hijri Calendar (abbreviated as "AH") is a lunar calendar consisting of 12 months in a year of 354 or 355 days that started in the year in 622 CE. To learn more about the Hijri date, check here.
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