Kalîla and Dimna
of Ibn al-Muqaffaʿ, and ʿAbd Allâh (translator - to Fars),
The Book of Kalila wa Dimna, also called Fables of Bidpai, is a collection of Indian fables translated into Arabic by Ibn al-Muqaffa in 750.
1st Quarter of the 14th century
Intended for the moral education of princes, this collection has two jackal heroes Kalila and Dimna.
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Executed under the Mamelukes. Source: Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des manuscrits, Arabe 3465
A 13th century Kalila and Dimna
A 15th century Kalila and Dimna
Other 14th century Egyptian sources:
Mamluks on the early 14th century Baptistére de Saint Louis
Frontispiece from a 14th century Mamluk Sulwan Al-Muta' of Ibn Zafar
A Mamluk sketch of a combat, first half of the 14th century
Maqamat of al-Hariri, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Vienna, manuscript AF 9, 1334AD
Maqamat of al-Hariri, Bodleian Ms Marsh 458, 1337
Nihayat al-sul-1371 a Mameluke manual of horsemanship and military practice, 1371
10th to 19th century illustrations from Egypt and its territories
Index of Illustrations of Costume & Soldiers