Jul 8, 2014, 7:25 PM
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Precious Qur'an manuscripts on exhibit

Tehran, July 8, IRNA -- Precious Qur'anic manuscripts are on display at the 22nd International Holy Qur'an Exhibition which is underway at Sacred Defense Garden Museum in Tehran.

Fakhreddin Saberi, director of the National Holy Qur'an Museum, said twelve historical items, including three copies of the Holy Qur'an are on show. They are among the assets of the museum's treasure-trove.

"One of the books was inscribed by Mohammad Shafi Tabrizi upon an order by Abbas Mirza Nayyeb, a Qajari crown prince and the son of Fath Ali Shah."

Another copy is known as the 'Qur'an of Aqajan Parto'. Parto was among the distinguished inscribers during the reign of Qajar king, Nasser al-Din Shah.

The third precious copy is pertaining to Abdullah Ibn Ashoub Ranani, one of the calligraphers of the court of Fath Ali Shah, who inscribed over 97 copies of the Holy Qur'an. Some of his works are maintained at the museum.

The manuscripts on show are exceptional in terms of inscription, illumination, page and cover design, Saberi said.

A historical scroll pertaining to the Ashura Recitation and Alqameh Supplication is also on show. The seven-meter manuscript is said to be inscribed by Umm Salameh, the daughter of Fath Ali Shah.

A handwritten booklet featuring the maxims of the Rashidun Caliphs is another valued item on show. The 400-year-old book, belonging to the Safavid dynasty (1501 to 1722), is considered worthy by Shia and Sunni ulema.

"There is also a book of supplication by Imam Ali (PBUH), the first Shia Imam. Titled 'Ehtejab', it belongs to the Safavid era," he said.

Other works on display include a collection of odes by famous Iranian poets. The Timurid-era manuscript is of high historical significance. There are also two 'kashkuls' (or dervish's bowl), designed by the 'Ayatu-l-kursI'—the 255th verse of the second chapter (sura) of Al-Baqara of the Holy Qur'an.

"We have tried to exhibit Qur'anic works from the Timurid, Safavid, Qajar and Zand dynasties in order to make the visitors familiar with the transformation process of the manuscripts. We have showcased the most valued items to attract the public," Saberi said.

"The location of the museum in the basement had endangered the safety of the manuscripts. However, we took safety measures such as dehumidifying in order to save the manuscripts."

The 22nd International Holy Qur'an Exhibition will run through July 13, 2014. It is open to the public everyday from 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 midnight at Sacred Defense Garden Museum located at Haqqani Highway, opposite Taleqani Park.