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Outside View of Imam Ali Shrine in Najaf, Iraq
Imageby U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Arlo K. Abrahamson

Outside View of Imam Ali Shrine in Najaf, Iraq

Facade of the Meshed Ali, Najaf, Iraq Original description: 030408-N-5362A-002 Near Al Najaf, Iraq (April 08, 2003) — The holy Shiite Muslim shrine (Dareeh) of the Caliph/Imam Ali (r. 656-661 CE) sits in Najaf. U.S. Navy photo by...
Calligraphy of Ali's Name
Imageby Petermaleh

Calligraphy of Ali's Name

A beautified calligraphic rendition of the name of Ali, the fourth Rashidun Caliph (r. 656-661 CE).
Haidar Ali
Imageby James Gillray

Haidar Ali

An 18th-century engraving by James Gilray of Haidar Ali, ruler of the southern Indian kingdom of Mysore from 1761 to 1782. (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)
Songhai Empire
Definitionby Mark Cartwright

Songhai Empire

The Songhai Empire (aka Songhay, c. 1460 - c. 1591) replaced the Mali Empire (1240-1645) as the most important state in West Africa (covering modern southern Mauritania and Mali). Originating as a smaller kingdom along the eastern bend of...
Nasta 'liq
Definitionby Pegah Eidipour

Nasta 'liq

Nasta 'liq is one of the styles of Islamic calligraphy that was developed on Persian grounds by Persian calligraphers. The art of calligraphy has always held a prominent position in Persia, and its usage extends beyond the limits of the pages...
Rashidun Government
Definitionby Syed Muhammad Khan

Rashidun Government

The Rashidun Caliphate (632-661 CE) was responsible for setting up the basis of the Islamic empire and expanding its borders beyond the Arabian soil. These leaders were selected by the consent of the people and based on their own merits...
Ali & Aisha at the Battle of the Camel
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Ali & Aisha at the Battle of the Camel

A painting from manuscript of the "Rawdat al-safa" (Persian for "Gardens of Purity") made in Iran c. 1571 - 1572 CE. The painting depicts Ali (r. 656 - 661 CE) and Aisha (c. 613 - 678 CE), who led the opposing factions at the Battle of the...
Calligraphic Depiction of Ali as a Lion
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Calligraphic Depiction of Ali as a Lion

Shiite calligraphy depicting Caliph Ali (r. 656-661 CE) as the Lion of God.
Gold Coin of Mamluk Sultan Al-Mansur Ali
Imageby American Numismatic Society

Gold Coin of Mamluk Sultan Al-Mansur Ali

Gold dinar of Mamluk sultan al-Mansur Ali minted in Cairo in 1258/59 CE.
Minaret Top, Ali Mosque, Isfahan
Imageby Bruce Allardice (used with permission)

Minaret Top, Ali Mosque, Isfahan

The minaret of the Ali Mosque Manar, Isfahan, Iran (1118-1157 CE). Erected during the reign of Seljuk sultan Sanjar (118-1157 CE). Decorated by two balconies. The shaft below the balconies embellished with interlocking stars in recess, altering...
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