Book Illustrations

Many popular American and European books about Islam from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries included lithographs and line drawings depicting Mohammed. Here is a small sampling:


Frontispiece from The Life of Mahomet, published 1719.

This illustration is taken from La vie de Mahomet, by M. Prideaux, published in 1699.

It shows Mohammed holding a sword and a crescent

while trampling on a globe, a cross, and the Ten Commandments.

Death of Mahomet;

photograph of a page in the book The History of the Arabs,

Including the Life of Mohammed,

by William Mavor (published in New York in 1804)

The following five images are of line drawings depicting Mohammed from various 19th-century books about Islam:


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