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Limited Edition Islamic Lithograph: Hilye Sherif from Turkey by Ferhat Kurlu


  Item Number: 2006
۩ Country of Origin: Turkey
۩ Subject: Hilye Sherif  (Description of Prophet Muhammed ﷺ)
۩ Calligrapher:  Ferhat Kurlu
۩ Edition: Limited
۩ Size: 78 x 41 cm
Detailed Description:
Rumi's Garden is proud to present the traditional Islamic calligraphy of Ferhat Kurlu from Turkey. Ferhat Kurlu was born in 1976 in Dagguvezi village of Fatsa as the second child of Saban and Asiye Kurlu. He completed his primary education in his country and his secondary education in Samsun Ladik Akpınar Anatolian Teacher High School. (1993) He met elective illumination illumination course at On Dokuz Mayıs University Faculty of Theology. During this period, he took the first art knowledge and the first rik'a lessons that aroused interest in classical Turkish Islamic arts. In July 1996, he met Hasan ÇELEBI lecturer with the sign of Calligrapher Mumtaz Durdu and started the sulus-naskh work. After a four-year lecture, he received the sulus-naskh convention at the ceremony held in IRCICA in October 2000. The same year, he started to participate in competitions and exhibitions. 
The term hilya (Arabic حلية (plural: ḥilan, ḥulan), Turkish: hilye (plural: hilyeler) denotes a religious genre of Ottoman Turkish literature, dealing with the physical description of Muhammad. Hilya literally means "ornament".

They originate with the discipline of shama'il, the study of Muhammad's appearance and character, based on hadith accounts, most notably Tirmidhi's al-Shama'il al-Muhamadiyyah wa al-Khasa'il al-Mustafawiyyah ("The Sublime Characteristics of Muhammad").

In Ottoman-era folk Islam, there was a belief that reading and possessing Muhammad's description protects the person from trouble in this world and the next, it became customary to carry such descriptions, rendered in fine calligraphy and illuminated, as amulets. In 17th-century OttomanTurkey, hilyes developed into an art form with a standard layout, often framed and used as a wall decoration.

Later hilyes were also written for the first four Caliphs, the companions of Muhammad, Muhammad's grandchildren (Hasan and Hussein) and Islamic saints (walis).