Figure 1. A class at the Gazanfar Aga Madrasa. Topkapi Palace Museum Library, H. 889.
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Figure 2. The public Library of Hulwan in Baghdad, from a 13th century manuscript of ‘Maqamât by Harîrî. Picture copy right from: 1001 Inventions: Discover the Muslim Heritage in Our World. Chief Ed. Salim T S Al-Hassani , Manchester: FSTC, 2006.
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