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Indian National Museum opens exhibition on Quran

The reserve collection of the Holy Quran scripted in different calligraphic styles and inscribed in different epochs from seventh to 19th century is on display at the National Museum till March 31 in Delhi.These unseen copies are part of the reserve collection of the Manuscripts Department, National Museum.
 
The exhibition showcases some of the finest copies of Quran depicting different origins, formats, and styles. Explaining the key attributes, Dr Nasim Akhtar, curator, National Museum, who also inaugurated the exhibition, said: "For the Holy Quran, our assistant curator Khatim-ul-Rahman had selected 13 manuscripts to display here. These manuscripts belong to various schools of calligraphy like Kufic, Naskh, Thulth, Raihan and Bihari.
 
Some manuscripts belong to the seventh century and are dedicated to Hazrat Ali. One manuscript is dedicated to great calligrapher Ibn e Makla. Other manuscripts are also dedicated to famous calligraphers of Mughal India. These manuscripts are a part of National Museum's collection."
 
The oldest copy, that dates back to the seventh century is inscribed on vellum i.e. animal skin by the fourth caliph of Islam, Hazrat Ali, cousin and son-in-law of Prophet Muhammad.
 
Besides this, other works include a miniature copy of Quran called mushti that depicts the royal seed of Shahjahan, a copy of Quran written in Thulths script, which was used for manuscripts, an illuminated copy of Quran embellished with gold and lapis and lazuli bearing ornamental seals of Shahjahan and Aurangzeb, and a copy of Quran written in Arabic-Indian script Bihari. Apart from the manuscripts that are in the book format, there is a jacket which has been inscribed with the complete Holy Quran and 99 names of Allah. The names are written in minute Naskh and Raihan characters. 
 
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