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Page from a Qur’an in muhaqqaq, naskhi, and kufic script

  • Description

    Multi-volume Qur’ans with three or five lines of cursive script per page such as this (Qur’an, 4:174) appear to have been produced in Anatolia in the decades following the Mongol invasion and the conquest of Baghdad, which occurred in 1256. At the same time, the inclusion of a Persian translation underneath each verse indicates that this copy was intended for a Persian-speaking user, suggesting Iran as an alternative place of production.

    Framing the text block is a decorative band in kufic featuring excerpts from hadiths, wise sayings attributed to the Prophet Muhammad, that proclaim the virtues of reciting the Qur’an.

  • Details

    Associated place
    Asia Iran (north-west) (possible place of creation)
    Asia Turkey (possible place of creation)
    late 13th century - early 14th century
    Material and technique
    ink, colour, and gold on paper
    page 26.9 x 18.1 cm (height x width)
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    Bequeathed by Christopher T. Gandy, 2012.
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Glossary (2)

hadiths, kufic

  • hadiths

    Muhammad's comments and sayings.

  • kufic

    A term denoting various styles of angular Arabic script. Emerged in the early centuries of Islam, kufic soon became the preferred hand to copy holy texts.

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    • currently in research collection

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