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Gold Koran

The Koran imaged here is written in the earliest Arabic script known as kufic, after the Iraqi town of Kufa, a major center of Islamic culture during the 8th-9th century. The text of the Koran was written entirely in gold leaf around the year 800. The volume on this site is only part of a complete Koran and consists of the first 18 suras (chapters) bound in a modern (possibly 18th-century) binding. It is not known when these 18 suras were separated from the remaining ones which complete the text and are housed in the Nuruosmaniye Library in Istanbul. In 1999, the Johns Hopkins University returned this volume of the Koran to the Republic of Turkey to be reunited with the second volume.

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