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Object Name: Rug
Place Made: Asia: Central Asia, Afghanistan
Period: Late 20th to early 21st century
Date: 1980 - 2007
Dimensions: L 119 cm x W 84 cm
Materials: Wool
Techniques: Knotted pile; fringed
ID Number: L2008.155
Credit: Promised Gift of Max Allen

Shi'a Muslims say that after Muhammad’s death, his son-in-law Ali ibn Abi Talib was the first Imam appointed by Allah, and they consider Ali and his descendants to be the rightful successors to Muhammad. Sunni Muslims revere Ali as well, not as an appointee of Allah, but as the fourth and final of the Rightly Guided Caliphs who followed in the Prophet’s footsteps.