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"Exploring the Richness of Arabic Culture: From Ancient Scripts to Vibrant Souks" Step into history with Al-Idrisi's world map, created in 1154

Background imageArabic Collection: Konafa (kadaif) (Kanafeh) or knafeh or kunafeh or kunafah, an Arabic sweet made of very fine

Konafa (kadaif) (Kanafeh) or knafeh or kunafeh or kunafah, an Arabic sweet made of very fine vermicelli-like pastry and honey, sometimes known as shredded phyllo, Middle East

Background imageArabic Collection: Al-Idrisis world map, 1154

Al-Idrisis world map, 1154
Al-Idrisis world map. This world map, known as the Tabula Rogeriana, dates from 1154, and is orientated with North at bottom

Background imageArabic Collection: Diagram of a system for pumping water into a basin, from

Diagram of a system for pumping water into a basin, from
XIR155476 Diagram of a system for pumping water into a basin, from Book of Knowledge of Ingenious Mechanical Devices by Al-Djazari, 1206 (vellum) by Islamic School

Background imageArabic Collection: Arab Girl Dancing

Arab Girl Dancing
A Middle Eastern Belly Dancer dancing with a veil to musical accompaniment

Background imageArabic Collection: Orteliuss map of Ottoman Empire, 1570

Orteliuss map of Ottoman Empire, 1570
Orteliuss map of the Ottoman Empire. This map is from the 1570 first edition of Theatrum orbis terrarum ( Theatre of the World )

Background imageArabic Collection: Poster for French railways to Morocco

Poster for French railways to Morocco
Poster advertising French railways to Morocco, via Paris, Bordeaux, Toulouse and Madrid, to Tangier, Casablanca, Marrakech, and other exotic places

Background imageArabic Collection: Ancient Arabic Alphabet

Ancient Arabic Alphabet
Different types of ancient Arabic alphabets Date: Circa 1760

Background imageArabic Collection: Poster for French railways to Morocco

Poster for French railways to Morocco
Poster for French railways, serving Tangier, Casablanca, Marrakech and other exotic locations

Background imageArabic Collection: Islamic carvings, Alhambra, Spain

Islamic carvings, Alhambra, Spain
Islamic carvings, Alhambra, Granada, Spain. These carvings are in the Hall of the two Sisters. Alhambra is a walled city and fortress

Background imageArabic Collection: Islamic manuscript

Islamic manuscript

Background imageArabic Collection: The Court of the Lions, the Alhambra, Granada, 1853 (coloured litho)

The Court of the Lions, the Alhambra, Granada, 1853 (coloured litho)
STC170884 The Court of the Lions, the Alhambra, Granada, 1853 (coloured litho) by Asselineau, Leon Auguste (1808-89); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageArabic Collection: Lamps and lanterns in shop in the Grand Bazaar, Istanbul, Turkey

Lamps and lanterns in shop in the Grand Bazaar, Istanbul, Turkey

Background imageArabic Collection: GEUR2D-00047

GEUR2D-00047
Arabic inscription carved in a palace wall of the Alhambra, a medieval Moorish city, Granada, Spain. Digital photograph

Background imageArabic Collection: Alhambra palace and reflecting pool, Granada, Spain

Alhambra palace and reflecting pool, Granada, Spain
The Palacio del Portico within the Alhambra, a medieval Moorish city in Granada, Spain. Digital photograph

Background imageArabic Collection: Islamic manuscript

Islamic manuscript

Background imageArabic Collection: Tughra (Insignia) of Sultan Süleiman the Magnificent (r. 1520-66), ca. 1555-60

Tughra (Insignia) of Sultan Süleiman the Magnificent (r. 1520-66), ca. 1555-60
Tughra (Insignia) of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent (r. 1520-66), ca. 1555-60

Background imageArabic Collection: Mosaic with arab and kufic caligraphy (top) on a wall of the

Mosaic with arab and kufic caligraphy (top) on a wall of the Madrasa. Fes. Morocco

Background imageArabic Collection: Entrance to the Khan el-Khalili souk in Cairo, in the 19th century, from El

Entrance to the Khan el-Khalili souk in Cairo, in the 19th century, from El
KW478317 Entrance to the Khan el-Khalili souk in Cairo, in the 19th century, from El Mundo Ilustrado, published Barcelona, 1880 (litho) by European School

Background imageArabic Collection: Arabic coffee, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Middle East

Arabic coffee, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Middle East

Background imageArabic Collection: Morocco, Marrakech

Morocco, Marrakech. The Entrance to Cafrabe, Opened in 2004, Cafe Arabe is the first official cafe to have opened in the old city area. The cafe has been built in a refurbished Moroccan house

Background imageArabic Collection: Owen Jones Renaiss 78

Owen Jones Renaiss 78
Ornaments copied from specimens of Hispano-Arabic, French and Italian earthenware, from Italian towns of the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries

Background imageArabic Collection: Hall of the Embassadors, Alhambra, Granada, 1909 (oil on canvas)

Hall of the Embassadors, Alhambra, Granada, 1909 (oil on canvas)
XOS1072796 Hall of the Embassadors, Alhambra, Granada, 1909 (oil on canvas) by Sorolla y Bastida, Joaquin (1863-1923); 104.1x81.9 cm; J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, USA; Spanish, out of copyright

Background imageArabic Collection: Ancient Alphabets

Ancient Alphabets
Writing examples of the Arabic, Turkish and Persian alphabets. Date: Circa 1760

Background imageArabic Collection: Persian pharmacy, 13th century artwork

Persian pharmacy, 13th century artwork
Persian pharmacy. 13th century Arabic artwork entitled The Preparation of Medicine from Honey. This image was produced in Baghdad, Iraq, whilst it was still part of the Persian Empire

Background imageArabic Collection: Traditional Arabic curly toed slippers, Deira, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Middle East

Traditional Arabic curly toed slippers, Deira, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Middle East

Background imageArabic Collection: Arabic cushions

Arabic cushions, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Middle East

Background imageArabic Collection: Islamic panel of Othman bin Afan (God Bless him), the fourth Muslim ruler after Prophet

Islamic panel of Othman bin Afan (God Bless him), the fourth Muslim ruler after Prophet Mohammad, Hagia Sophia Museum, Istanbul, Turkey, Europe

Background imageArabic Collection: Muslim symbols in a car, Chatillon-sur-Chalaronne, Ain, France, Europe

Muslim symbols in a car, Chatillon-sur-Chalaronne, Ain, France, Europe

Background imageArabic Collection: Arabic sweets and pastries, Mint tea

Arabic sweets and pastries, Mint tea

Background imageArabic Collection: The Burj Dubai the worlds tallest building in Dubai

The Burj Dubai the worlds tallest building in Dubai
Ashley Cooper / SpecialistStock

Background imageArabic Collection: Islamic manuscript

Islamic manuscript

Background imageArabic Collection: Oman, Muscat. Souvenirs for sale at a shop in the old souk of Mutrah

Oman, Muscat. Souvenirs for sale at a shop in the old souk of Mutrah

Background imageArabic Collection: Qatar, Doha, Souq Waqif, redeveloped bazaar area, elevated view with West Bay skyscrapers

Qatar, Doha, Souq Waqif, redeveloped bazaar area, elevated view with West Bay skyscrapers from one of the historic Souq hotels, dusk

Background imageArabic Collection: UAE, Abu Dhabi, Etihad Towers and Emirates Palace Hotel, dusk

UAE, Abu Dhabi, Etihad Towers and Emirates Palace Hotel, dusk

Background imageArabic Collection: Arabic style colorful wooden door, Fez, Morocco, North Africa

Arabic style colorful wooden door, Fez, Morocco, North Africa

Background imageArabic Collection: United Arab Emirates, Dubai. Burj Khalifa at dusk, with light show

United Arab Emirates, Dubai. Burj Khalifa at dusk, with light show

Background imageArabic Collection: ARABIAN NIGHTS. Scheherazade amusing the Sultan Schahriah and prolonging her life with the tales

ARABIAN NIGHTS. Scheherazade amusing the Sultan Schahriah and prolonging her life with the tales for a thousand and one nights. Colored engraving, 19th century

Background imageArabic Collection: Traditional Arab dhows, Zanzibar

Traditional Arab dhows, Zanzibar
East Africa; Tanzania; Zanzibar. A dhow is a traditional Arab sailing vessel with one or more lateen sails. It is primarily used along the coasts of the Arabian Peninsula, India, and East Africa

Background imageArabic Collection: UAE, Abu Dhabi, Emirates Palace Hotel fountains and Etihad Towers, dusk

UAE, Abu Dhabi, Emirates Palace Hotel fountains and Etihad Towers, dusk

Background imageArabic Collection: Grocery store in Cairo, Egypt

Grocery store in Cairo, Egypt
Grocery store at a street in Cairo, Egypt. Date: circa 1908

Background imageArabic Collection: Sheikh Saqr Bin Sultan of the Naim tribe of Oman

Sheikh Saqr Bin Sultan of the Naim tribe of Oman. Date: 1953

Background imageArabic Collection: In the oasis of Ghadames, UNESCO world heritage, Libya

In the oasis of Ghadames, UNESCO world heritage, Libya

Background imageArabic Collection: King Farouk - Ruler of Egypt - Eid Greeting Card

King Farouk - Ruler of Egypt - Eid Greeting Card
King Farouk (1920-1965) - Ruler of Egypt - Eid Greeting Card. Farouk reigned from 1936-1965. Date: 1930s

Background imageArabic Collection: Harissa (hot chilli sauce), a common ingredient in meat or fish stews with vegetables

Harissa (hot chilli sauce), a common ingredient in meat or fish stews with vegetables and as a flavoring for couscous, North Africa, Africa

Background imageArabic Collection: Syria, Homs Governate, Palmyra. Funerary Temple and Arab Citadel

Syria, Homs Governate, Palmyra. Funerary Temple and Arab Citadel

Background imageArabic Collection: Sheik Ajil al-Yawer of Shammar

Sheik Ajil al-Yawer of Shammar, head of a large Bedouin Arab tribe in Iraq. Date: circa 1920

Background imageArabic Collection: MOROCCO, Marrakesh Colourful Moroccan glassware in the souqs of Marrakesh

MOROCCO, Marrakesh Colourful Moroccan glassware in the souqs of Marrakesh

Background imageArabic Collection: Within the Seraglio, 1879 (oil on canvas)

Within the Seraglio, 1879 (oil on canvas)
822685 Within the Seraglio, 1879 (oil on canvas) by Bridgman, Frederick Arthur (1847-1928); 54.6x73.7 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Within the Seraglio. Fredrick Arthur Bridgman (1847-1928)



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"Exploring the Richness of Arabic Culture: From Ancient Scripts to Vibrant Souks" Step into history with Al-Idrisi's world map, created in 1154, which showcased the Arab world's geographical knowledge. Witness the grace and beauty of an Arab girl dancing, as she expresses her culture through mesmerizing movements. Orteliuss map of the Ottoman Empire from 1570 takes you on a visual journey through this powerful Arabic state. Marvel at the intricate Islamic carvings adorning the walls of Alhambra in Spain, a testament to exquisite craftsmanship. A poster for French railways to Morocco invites you to discover North Africa's enchanting landscapes and vibrant cities. Delve into ancient times by exploring the fascinating Arabic alphabet, a script that has evolved over centuries. Transport yourself back to Cairo in the 19th century as you enter Khan el-Khalili souk, bustling with colorful stalls and exotic treasures. Lose yourself amidst a sea of lamps and lanterns in Istanbul's Grand Bazaar, where Turkish artisans showcase their mastery. Another poster for French railways beckons you towards Morocco's allure – its rich heritage blending seamlessly with modernity. The Alhambra palace and its reflecting pool create an ethereal ambiance that captivates visitors' hearts in Granada, Spain. Discover wisdom preserved within Islamic manuscripts; these beautifully illustrated texts offer insights into various fields of knowledge. Arabic culture is a tapestry woven together by these diverse elements – historical maps guiding exploration, dance expressing emotions without words, architectural marvels showcasing artistic brilliance across continents, markets brimming with life and commerce connecting people from all walks of life. From ancient scripts shaping communication to railway posters opening doors between nations - each hint unravels another layer of this captivating civilization.