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God Is The Best Guardian: Islamic Talismanic Shirts From The Gunpowder Empires, Rose Evelyn Muravchick Jan 2014

God Is The Best Guardian: Islamic Talismanic Shirts From The Gunpowder Empires, Rose Evelyn Muravchick

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Islamic talismanic shirts are fragile and highly ornamented textiles that feature Qur'anic text, magic squares, and other complex design elements common to talismanic objects of smaller, more portable form. The way in which these garments invoke the human body and thus differ from other talismans is of primary importance in understanding their creation and potential use. This study is based on data from over 80 Islamic talismanic shirts that is used to support a fuller articulation of the sartorial systems of robing common to the Ottoman and South Asian worlds within which they circulated. Two of these systems, the ...