The ‘Aja’ib al-makhluqat wa ghara’ib al-maujunad is divided into two sections, one on cosmology and the other on geography, describing firstly how the world was created and then listing the elements and creatures who dwell therein. The book combined different sources, and often described fantastical creatures and beasts, mixing reality with myth.
This book, originally written in Arabic, became enormously popular and was translated into Persian and Turkish. Another copy, similar in style and attributed to late-seventeenth century India, is now in the Fogg Art Museum/Harvard University, inv. no.1972.3. A further copy, dated 976 AH/1568 AD and also from North India, is housed in the Islamic Art Museum, Malaysia, inv. no.IAMM 2011.7.40.
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