Qur’an bifolium

In August of 2010, Carky and Mary Rubens (CC classes of 1952 and 1953, respectively) donated a bifolium (in other words, two leaves, four pages front and back) from a 1743 manuscript Qur’an. Each leaf is in Arabic (black ink) and Persian (red ink) with gold decorations and notes on the text in the margins. Peter Wright (CC Religion faculty) tells us that the image with this post shows part of Surat-al-Kahf (Chapter 18) or the Story of the People of the Cave.

We look forward to showing the leaves to students in the 2010-2011 school year, along with other manuscript and printed leaves from our collections, listed here and including, of course, a leaf from the Gutenberg Bible donated by the Rubens family in 2005.

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