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'Ali Rèjjis'. Photographer: Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje [‎17r-c] (1/1)

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The record is made up of 1 collotype print. It was created in 1888. It was written in German. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers Documents collected in a private capacity. .

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This full length seated portrait shows Ali Rèjjis, described as a member of the dynasty of most senior muezzinīn (public criers who proclaim the hours of prayer from a minaret or roof of a mosque), supposed descendants of ʿAbd Allāh b. al-Zubayr, the first Muslim born at Medina after the hijra. He faces forward, looking towards the photographer.

The man wears a dark-coloured outer robe over a check-patterned robe (see also 1781.b.6/27) and white turban on his head. On the little finger of his right hand he wears a ring and on his feet, polished leather shoes.

The negative has had hand-work applied, causing it to take on a soft-shaded quality in places. In particular, the original background has been substituted completely.

Inscriptions:

Printed above image, in ink:

XV

Printed beneath image, in ink:

Ali Rèjjis (aus einem Geschlechte von Obersten der Mu’èddinin, welches von Abdallah ibn Zubair herstammen soll).

A circular 'British Museum' blind stamp is located in the lower right corner.

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1 collotype print
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128 x 90 mm

Format:

1 collotype print

Condition:

The print is in good condition.

Foliation:

‘XV’

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German in Latin script
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'Ali Rèjjis'. Photographer: Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje [‎17r-c] (1/1), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, 1781.b.6/26, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100023627936.0x00003b> [accessed 28 February 2024]

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