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Illustration from a Kalila wa Dimna Manuscript, 1200–1220 CE

Illustration from a Kalila wa Dimna Manuscript, 1200-1220 CE

This is an illustration from Ibn al-Muqaffa’s work entitled Kalila wa Dimna, which he translated from Persian to Arabic in the middle of the 8th century CE. This book of animal fables with a moral and a political message became, and still is, immensely popular, and was a landmark in the development of Arabic literary prose in the Golden Age of Islam.

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