Classic Chinese Qur'an in Thirty Sections.China : 18th Century. Stock Code: 138654
NotesQur'ans were probably first produced in China in the Mongol period, during which the Muslim population of China greatly increased. After the collapse of the Mongol Empire, Qur'an production in China remained isolated from trends in the West, and continued to develop from the archaic Iranian style that was popular in the pre- and early Mongol period. Isolation from Islamic lands to the West meant that Chinese Qur'an production was remarkably conservative. With their illuminated opening bifolia and crisp, distinctive muhaqqaq script, this is a complete and classic example of a multi-volume Chinese Qur'an set. Only condition and paper distinguish it from the earliest surviving Chinese Qur'an, which is dated 804/1401 (see Tim Stanley, The Decorated Word, London, 1999, pp. 12-13).
30-volume octavo (248 x 184 mm) Arabic manuscript on paper, each volume c. 60 folios, 5 lines of black muhaqqaq script to the page, diacritics in red and black, individual verses marked with red double petals, surah headings in red, margins ruled in red, each juz' begins with illuminated frontispiece, preceded by illuminated roundel added at later date, inscriptions and seal impressions in Chinese. Each volume is preserved within the original brown morocco wallet binding, stamped with rosettes and lozenges, modern brown leather slipcases.
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