An elegant pamphlet, entirely lithographed in gold, contains an elegy for Ahmad Ibn Abd al-Rahman (الشريف مولاى احمد بن المرحوم سلطان المغرب مولاى عبد الرحمن الشريف), a son of the sultan of Morocco Abd al-Rahman (1778 –1859), who governed from 1822 to 1859 and was known for his reign in the time of the French colonisation of Morocco.
Ahmad Ibn Abd al-Rahman was from the Alaouite dynasty, the Arab ruling family of Morocco, which claims descent from a relative of prophet Muhammad.
The text was revised by a higher official, a honourable Omar Bin Mohammed Bin Zine al-Abdine (عمر بن محمد بن زين العابدين) and recited by a scholar Mustafa al-Shanini al-Tarabulsi (مصطفى الشنيني الطرابلسي).
The author and revisor of the printed text was Ahmed Tahir Al-Kanwi an-Naqshbandi al-Ahmadi al-Mujaddadi al-Sakin (حافظ القرأنا لياهر الحاج احمد طاهر القنوى النقشبندى الاحمدى المجددى الساكن) from the madrasa at the Bayezid Mosque.
The book was lithographed by Bosnawi Hajji Efendi, a printer of Bosnian origins in Istanbul. The subject and an elaborate expensive technique of lithograph in gold on highly surface-sized and burnished paper, imitating manuscripts, suggests that the pamphlet was commissioned privately in small amounts, possibly as gifts, commemorating sharif moulay Ahmad Ibn Abd al-Rahman.
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