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Selection of Fanciful and Realistic Fauna and People or Creatures, manuscript illustration from Aja’ib al-Makhluqat (The Wonders of Creation) by Zakariya ibn Muhammad ibn Abu Yahya al-Qazwini, Iraq, 14th century, from Science in Medieval Islam by Howard R. Turner. 
"One of the most extraordinary of all medieval Muslim encyclopedias, Aja’ib al-Makhluqat was completed in Iraq in the fourteenth century by al-Qazwini, a cosmologist and geographer whose two-volume work covers virtually everything on earth and beyond it as well. Heavenly bodies, including angels, the earthly elements, and all living organisms, not to mention geographical details of many lands and seas, are discussed and profusely illustrated.”

Selection of Fanciful and Realistic Fauna and People or Creatures, manuscript illustration from Aja’ib al-Makhluqat (The Wonders of Creation) by Zakariya ibn Muhammad ibn Abu Yahya al-Qazwini, Iraq, 14th century, from Science in Medieval Islam by Howard R. Turner. 

"One of the most extraordinary of all medieval Muslim encyclopedias, Aja’ib al-Makhluqat was completed in Iraq in the fourteenth century by al-Qazwini, a cosmologist and geographer whose two-volume work covers virtually everything on earth and beyond it as well. Heavenly bodies, including angels, the earthly elements, and all living organisms, not to mention geographical details of many lands and seas, are discussed and profusely illustrated.”

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