Page from a Quran with maghribi calligraphy (Marinid dynasty, 13th or 14th century)

impossiblegeometry: u-n-d-o-m-i-e-l: sarahelmy: hindaothman: delucazade: Page from a Qur’an with maghribi calligraphy (Marinid dynasty, or century). (via touba)

A rare and finely decorated Qur’an leaf in eastern Kufic script, Persia or Central Asia, circa 1075-1125 AD

A rare and finely decorated Qur’an leaf in eastern Kufic script, Persia or Central Asia, circa AD

What sura? Help me identify please. Chinese Quran Ming/Qing Dynasty ( 18th Century) (Audrey Shabbas)

What sura? Help me identify please.

Surat 113 Al-Falaq (The Dawn), on right, & 114 An-Nas (Humankind) at left. Falaq: "Say I seek refuge with the Lord of the Dawn, from the mischief of created things; from the mischief of Darkness as it overspreads; from the mischief of those who practice Secret Arts; and from the mischief of the envious one as he practices envy." It is a reminder not to live in a way that  invites envy. . .of our neighbors & friends.. . or anyone. It is simply unkind. Malay/Javanese 19th century. (A Shabbas)

Surat 113 Al-Falaq (The Dawn), on right, & 114 An-Nas (Humankind) at left. Falaq: "Say I seek refuge with the Lord of the Dawn, from the mischief of created things; from the mischief of Darkness as it overspreads; from the mischief of those who practice Secret Arts; and from the mischief of the envious one as he practices envy." It is a reminder not to live in a way that invites envy. . .of our neighbors & friends.. . or anyone. It is simply unkind. Malay/Javanese 19th century. (A Shabbas)

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Asmaul Husna (Allah Name's)

Two Qur'an leaves in Maghribi script, North Africa, circa 14th century AD

Surat 39 Zumar (The Crowds) v. 28 to beginning "a recital in Arabic, free from distortion, that they may be aware. God has set forth a parable." (T Cleary trans) Maghribi script, North Africa, circa century AD. (A Shabbas)

Surat 58 Mujadila (Woman's Pleas). Medina sura (means in came later in the 23-yr period Muhammad received revelations - a time when there was established community in Medina & he was it's leader.) This is sura specific to Khaula Bint Thalaba, who God reveals has a right to plead on behalf of herself & her children. God condemns all secret intrigues by men of the community, especially against women. False pretenses that degrade a woman are condemned. Quran, Morocco 12–14th centuries. (A…

Folio from a Maghribi Quran Leaf from a Quran, in Arabic.

Surat 11 Hud (The Prophet Hud of the people of 'Ad), v.1-first part of 8. Story of Hud is here between previous chapter (Jonah) & next one (Joseph) - Hud preached to his people against false gods (& the prophet Salih to his people of Thamud). Lot too. God's longstanding patience & mercy are contrasted with man's ingratitude, love of falsehood & vanity & his crookedness. (Yusuf Ali summary) Iran, 35x21cm (14x8")  6th century AH/AD 12th century. (Audrey Shabbas)

Leaf from Qur'an

Surat 35 Fatir (Originator of Creation) aka Malaika (The Angels), "Praise to God, who created (out of nothing) the heavens and the earth, who made the angels, messengers with wings. . ." Theme: the mystery of Creation and its maintenance by Angels.  Above: Surat 34 Saba (Sheba) includes the story of Solomon, the Jinns, and the worm . . .the worm who gnawed Solomon's staff and thereby taught the Jinn to believe in the unseen. Egypt 1300s AD. (Audrey Shabbas)

Muhaqqaq and thuluth scripts. Courtesy of the Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Surat 37 Safaat (Those Standing Together)  Last 3 verses: "Glory to your Lord, Lord of Power, transcending whatever they describe, And peace upon the emissaries [messengers]. And praise to God, Lord of the universe." (Thomas Cleary trans.) Meccan sura of mysteries of spiritual world, regarding defeat of Evil through Revelation & with fight ranging from Angels in heaven to  early Prophets - Noah to Jonah - here. Ink & pigment on parchment, African 6th century AH/AD 12th century. (A Shabbas)

This folio from Walters manuscript contains an illuminated tailpiece for chapter 37 (Surat al-saffat) that bears an inscription in Early Abbasid (Kufic) script.

Last 2 leaves were destroyed . So, the calligrapher name is lost. The script of Maghrebi style (North African ). This 1 leaf with 2 pages represents verses from Sura Al - Qamar (The Moon ). The text represents a beautiful example of Arabic Calligraphy with North African style. | eBay!

Last 2 leaves were destroyed . So, the calligrapher name is lost. The script of Maghrebi style (North African ). This 1 leaf with 2 pages represents verses from Sura Al - Qamar (The Moon ). The text represents a beautiful example of Arabic Calligraphy with North African style. | eBay!

Ancient copy of the Quran from Indonesia. Surat 1 Fatiha (The Opening) on right, and Surat 2 Baqara (The Cow) on left.  Surat Fatiha is short, very beautiful and essentially lays our belief.  . .much like David's 23rd Psalm of the Christian Old Testament. Unusal old Qur'an, from Indonesia (today the largest Muslim country in the world). (Audrey Shabbas)

Petit Cabinet de Curiosites : ancient copy of Quran from Indonesia

Surat 34 / 35: Features of the spiritual world represented in these two suras: Surat 34 Saba (Sheba) right & left assures us that no Good or Truth is ever lost; Falsehood has no power. Surat 35 (with heading on left) Fatir (Creator) deals with mystery of Creation & its maintenance by various forces, typified by wings of Angels. "Who made the angels messengers with wings - two, three or four pairs." (Yusuf Ali commentary). Abbasid Baghdad, 900s AD, 12x16cm. (Audrey Shabbas)

The Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery are the Smithsonian's museums of Asian art.

Surat 80 Abasa (He Frowned). Early Meccan sura: Prophet "frowns/shows impatience" at blind & unkempt man who asks a question. Prophet is immediately hit with Revelation admonishing him. That he quickly shares this revelation with his audience, reflects Prophet's sincerity in Revelation given him to reprove him for some natural/human zeal that led him to a false step. He immediately asks the man's forgiveness & from then on held this man in high honor. This Qur'an: Egypt, 1300s. (Audrey…

The Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery are the Smithsonian's museums of Asian art.

Surat 2 Baqara (The Cow) v.1-7 of Qur'an's longest chapter. If the first (Fatiha) is said to sum up the essence of the Qur'an, this sura sums up the whole teaching of the Qur'an. "This is the Book, without any doubt for those who have taqwa [God consciousness]; those who have iman [faith] in the Unseen & establish salat [prayer] & give of what We have provided them;  have iman in what has been sent down to you & what was sent down before you." (Bewley trans.) "Sudani" Nigeria,1800s. (A…

Surat 2 Baqara (The Cow) v.1-7 of Qur'an's longest chapter. If the first (Fatiha) is said to sum up the essence of the Qur'an, this sura sums up the whole teaching of the Qur'an. "This is the Book, without any doubt for those who have taqwa [God consciousness]; those who have iman [faith] in the Unseen & establish salat [prayer] & give of what We have provided them; have iman in what has been sent down to you & what was sent down before you." (Bewley trans.) "Sudani" Nigeria,1800s. (A…

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