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Al-Qur’an Manuscript
CUM 3048
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The Manuscript preserved in the Chittagong University museum is small in size. First two pages of the manuscript also beautifully decorated with illumination by using flower, leaf and geomatical motifs and started with the first Sura, al-Fatiha. The text is painted in black ink on a rectangular shape gold background with beautyful Arabic Naskh calligraphy style. Golded ink also used on the floral decoration. The texts of the following pages are written in mainly black ink on white background with same Naskh style. Fifteen lines of the text enclosed in a ruled margin outlined in red and black. Though book size is 10.2cm x 7cm but inside border and lettering area is 6cm x 3.5cm. The size of the Qur’anic texts are very small and written in mainly black color on white paper, some red colored text also appears on the page. Presently this manuscript has 712 pages while sevaral ending pages are missing. It is a rare and significant collection of the CU Museum as a holy Qur’an Manuscript.

History of the Object
religion of Islam, copying all or some of its verses in any medium is considered a pious act. The holy book Al-Qur’an copied by the special and skilled Calligraper who also took this job as an artistic practice. Although the spread of Islam reached the Indian Ocean and Southeast Asia as early as the thirteenth century, the earliest surviving manuscripts of the Qur’an from the region date to the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Such Qur’ans stands out for their rich illuminations, of which the best compositions are reserved for the first two pages of the volume. One of the striking features of Qur’ans of all periods is the decorative illumination that appears at the beginning of the manuscript. Chittagong University museum collected this holy book from collector Sher Ali Shah in 1986 as a donation. This hand written Qur’an has written by skillful Calligraper and It is also decorated with rich illumination.

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Type
Documents 
Materials
Black, Red and Golden Ink on White Paper 
Measurements
10.2cm x 7cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Unknown 
Geography
Bangladesh 
Time period
- BCE 
Creation date
Unknown 
Function
A holy Book of the Muslims 
Acquisition
Donated by Collector Sher Ali Shah in 1986 
Copyright
Chittagong University Museum, University of Chittagong 
Acknowledgements
Chittagong University Museum, University of Chittagong. 
Owner
Chittagong University Museum 
Museum
Chittagong University Museum 
Credit line
Chittagong University Museum 

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