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What this medieval wine jug can tell us about Islam

The boundaries of the religion are wider than is often thought

By Sameer Rahim  

Read more: Who speaks for Muslims in Britain? 

Locked in the vaults of the V&A is a beautiful brass jug that reveals a hidden history of Islam. The jug comes from Khorasan province, Iran and dates from the late 15th century. Inlaid with silver, its clover-leaf design encapsulates the harmonious aesthetic of Islamic art. Engraved round its neck are four religious invocations: “To Allah belongs might… power… victory… strength.” I recently had the privilege of holding the cool,…

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