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An illustration in the 1305-14
Jami‛ al-Tawarikh
by Rashid al-Din.

Universal History

or Compendium of Chronicles

Ğāmi‛ al-tavārīḫ. Rašīd al-Dīn Fazl-ullāh Hamadānī

Mahmud ibn Sebuktegin besieges a fortress



Ms Or 20 f.130v Mahmud ibn Sebuktegin besieges a fortress, miniature from the Jamiʿ al-Tawarikh of Rashid al-Din
Il-Khanid Tabriz
Opaque watercolour, ink, gold and silver on paper

Shelfmark: Or.Ms.20
Holding Institution: University of Edinburgh
Title: Jami' al-Tawarikh (World History)
Alternate Title: Compendium of Chronicles
Subset Index: f.130v detail
Creator: Rashid al-Din Ṭabib
Creator Nationality: Iranian
Creator Role: Author
Date: c.1306CE or c.1314/15CE

Detail of miniature from the Compendium of Chronicles by Rashid al-Din. Shows Mahmud ibn Sebuktegin, ruler of the Ghaznavid Dynasty of Eastern Afghanistan from 998-1030CE, capturing the fortress of Muhammad ibn Abu Nasr Muhammad, the Shar of Gharchistan (Badghis Province in modern Afghanistan), in 1012CE. The fortress is shown to the right of the scene, with a number of troops standing on the battlements, including two archers. To the left of the image, a catapult, as well as several archers, appear about to fire onto the building.

Source: Edinburgh University Library

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