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The Golden Qur’an Replica Shines at Sharjah International Book Festival

A meticulously produced duplicate of the Golden Qur'an, which has become the festival's centrepiece, sits at the core of this celebration.

The Sharjah International Book Festival is currently hosting an exquisite exhibit that shines a light on Islamic heritage. 

At the heart of this event is a meticulously crafted replica of the Golden Qur’an, which has become the festival’s centerpiece.

An Ancient Masterpiece:

This rare replica is based on an original manuscript dating back to the 11th or 12th century. It is attributed to the masterful work of Ibn al-Bawwab, a renowned Persian illuminator and calligrapher from the early 11th century. 

The original manuscript is safely housed in the Bavarian State Library in Munich and is a limited edition, with just ten copies produced during its era. 

The replica, one of only 300 printed, faithfully reproduces the size, style, and visual allure of the ancient codex.

A Work of Art:

Florian Strulz, representing Adeva Rare Collectibles, describes this Qur’an as a true work of art, featuring holy text inscribed in black Naskh cursive writing on gold-coated paper. 

The manuscript’s decorations are not just fancy; they are exceptional in the realm of manuscript art.

Elegance in Detail:

Each chapter (surah) heading is elegantly written in blue, white, and reddish-brown script, adorned with intricate floral and arabesque patterns, and rosettes in blue and silver that separate the verses. 

Strulz explains that the size of the letters adheres to mathematical principles, with the size of ‘alif’ (the Arabic letter) serving as the unit of scale upon which the size of all other letters is based.

A Unique Style:

The original Qur’an, believed to originate from Iraq or Iran during the rule of the Seljuk Turks, is composed of various colors, including white, brown, crimson, and black. 

The skilled hands of Ibn al-Bawwab penned it. The vertical letters, slightly slanting to the left, reflect a distinct style characteristic of the Ibn al-Bawwab school.

A Distinctive Artistic Piece:

One noteworthy feature of this Qur’an is the unique arrangement of two surah titles on the first page, making it a distinctive piece of art. 

Even in the ‘bismillah,’ the Arabic phrase translating to ‘In the name of Allah, the most gracious and the most merciful,’ the elongated Arabic letter ‘seen’ adds a touch of the school’s distinct style to this rare and revered Qur’an.

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