Africa | Koranic writing board. Hausa peoples, Nigeria | Mid to late 20th century | Wood, ink, hide | Wooden writing boards, some of them embellished with magic squares and other non-figurative designs in addition to Koranic script, serve to illustrate the long history of Islam and literacy in Africa. The boards are most often used by young Moslem students who are learning to read, write and recite Sura or passages from the Koran, Islam's sacred book.
This fragment contains the surah al-Fatihah (the Opening), and al-Baqarah (the Cow). The script is remarkable for its size, each line being roughly 4 cm high. Courtesy of the Nasser D Khalili Collection of Islamic Art.
AN EARLY KUFIC QUR'AN FOLIO NEAR EAST OR NORTH AFRICA, SECOND HALF 8TH CENTURY Qur'an XC (sura al-balad), parts of v.17 to Qur'an XCIII (sura al-duha),parts of v.7, Arabic manuscript on vellum, with 14ll.of elongated black kufic script,verse markers in the form of red roundels and white alif letters outlined in black,two sura headings marked with green and red cartouches decorated with stylized rosettes and motifs of dots,each cartouche ending in a palmette-like motif
2 of 2: Surat 20 Ta Ha (two Arabic alphabet letters without meaning to us in this reality): v.1-13: "It was not to distress you that We sent down the Qur'an, but as a reminder for those who hold God in awe, a revelation from the One who the earth & the high heavens, the Lord of Mercy, " (MAS Abdel Haleem trans). Preceded by last verses (94-98) of Surat 19 Maryam (Mary, the Mother of Jesus)(Audrey Shabbas)
Folio from a Manuscript of the Qur'an Medium: Ink and gold on paper Dates: century
2/2 Top: w/o Heading, Surat 92 Layl (The Night) will all verses: "By the enshrouding night, by the radiant day, by the creation of male & female! The ways you take differ greatly. There is the one who gives, who is mindful of God, who testifies to goodness - We shall smooth his way towards ease. There is the one who is miserly, who is self-satisfied, who denies goodness - We shall smooth his way towards hardship." (v 1-10 MAS Abdel Haleem trans). Heading & 5 verses for Surat 93 Dhuha…