Notes in the front of this tiny Qur'an, in 'ghubar' script, state that it was given to the Qajar emperor Fath 'Ali Shah, reign 1798–1834, so that he could carry it in his pocket at all times. Binding is 19th C. Tabriz, Iran. Islamic manuscript: Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper. Laquered Binding: painted pasteboard.

Notes in the front of this tiny Qur'an, copied in 'ghubar' script, state that it was originally given to the Qajar emperor Fath 'Ali Shah (reigned so that he could carry it in his pocket at all times

Chapter 112 of Quran (Surat Al-Ikhlas) written in Moroccan Font by calligrapher Monji Ibrahimi

Chapter 112 of Quran (Surat Al-Ikhlas) written in Moroccan Font by calligrapher…

Left-Hand Page of a Double-Page Illumination with Text from an Unidentified Manuscript :: Iran :: circa 1550 :: Manuscript Illumination; Calligraphy; Bookmanuscriptalbum, Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper, 11 18 x 14 78 in. (28.2 x 37.8 cm)

Left-Hand Page of a Double-Page Illumination with Text from an Unidentified Manuscript :: Iran :: circa 1550 :: Manuscript Illumination; Bookmanuscriptalbum, Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper, 11 18 x 14 78 in.

Hilye (Verbal Portrait of the Prophet Muhammad) :: Niyazi Efendi (died 1882) :: 1270 A.H. (A.D. 1853-1854) :: Calligraphy; Illumination; Bookmanuscriptalbum, Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper, 12 38 x 8 in. (31.5 x 20.3 cm)

Hilye (Verbal Portrait of the Prophet Muhammad) :: Niyazi Efendi (died :: 1270 A. Bookmanuscriptalbum, Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper, 12 38 x 8 in. x cm) salAllahu alahi wasallam

Chinese Quran by ZhengHe, via Flickr

Verses 33 and 34 of Surat Yasin in the Sini (Chinese) calligraphic script. Between the words is the translation in Chinese.

The opening chapter of the Quran: In the name of Allah(God), the Beneficent, the Merciful Praise be to Allah(God), Lord of the Worlds, The Beneficent, the Merciful. Owner of the Day of Judgment, Thee (alone) we worship; Thee (alone) we ask for help. Guide us on the straight path, The path of those whom Thou hast favored; Not (the path) of those who earn Thine anger nor of those who go astray.

The opening chapter of the Quran: In the name of Allah(God), the Beneficent…

The 15th century Persian prince Baysunqur ibn Shahrukh, famous as a bibliophile, is probably the calligrapher of a large format Qur'an whose leaves measure 177 centimetres (5'10'') in height. This page, in a large 'muhaqqaq' hand, shows three verses of Sura Al-Ankabut (The Spider). The physical control and stamina required to write the entire text of the Qur'an on this scale and with such perfection must have been remarkable.

The century Persian prince Baysunqur ibn Shahrukh, famous as a bibliophile…

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