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THE HOLY QURAN – THE SMALLEST – IN A SCROLL

Medium               :   Parchment goat skin

Dates     :   644 – 656 AD

Dimensions         :   Length 198inches Breadth 1.5inches Weight 30g

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According to traditional Islamic beliefs, The Holy Quran was sometimes revealed like the ringing of a bell and as the sound lingers the calligraphy was done at a stretch non-stop on a parchment – goat skin and grasped continuously.  As The Holy Quran was revealed in disjointed verses and chapters, a point came when it needed to be gathered into a coherent whole text and hence the scroll obtained. These manuscripts do not have headings of chapters (suras).  Instead a blank space is left at the end of one sura and at the beginning of another.  Most of the scroll The Holy Qurans during the Abbasid period, were manuscripts produced on horizontally oriented parchment to match the style of Hijazi script to create justified margins.  Regardless of size, great attention was paid to preparing the parchment to receive ink.  Parchment was dyed a rich colour.  The intricate patterns on the scroll and the ink used clearly reveal that these scrolls are of great value, and the parchment preparation is a matter of wonder.  Created during the reign of Uthman 644 – 656 AD.