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Abbasid Qur’an Folio, 9th–10th century
This is a picture of a page from the Qur’an in the Kufi script. According to Islamic tradition, the Qur’an contains the revelations of God through the Prophet Mohammad. The Qur’an has 114 chapters and was collected and canonized in the mid-seventh century CE by the third caliph, Uthman ibn Affan.
Name: Abbasid Qur’an Folio, 9th–10th century
Material: Ink and color on parchment
Length: 29.7 cm (11.7 in)
Width: 22.5 cm (8.86 in)
Date: 9th–10th century CE
Place of Origin: Egypt
Location: Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Museum, Washington, D.C.
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(accessed April 30, 2010).
Avalon Foundation Distinguished Service Professor of Islamic Studies, Emerita, Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations, University of Chicago