SARAJEVO (BiH) / The exhibition "Manuscripts of the Qur'an" from the Archives of the Sarajevo City takes place in the historic place called Hanikah, from 16th century, across the Gazi Husrev bei Mosque. The exhibition will be open until the 26th of November 2010.

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Qur’an / Fol. 316; 19 x 12,2 cm; 15 lines. Naskh, vocalized, written by a very skillful hand. The ink is black of poor quality, unsteady in contact with moisture.Titles of surahs are written in white ink on a golden background, with marks of beginning of sections (juz’), halves of sections and quarter od sections, and Sajda marks written in gold letters in the margins. Large ornamental circles indicating ends of ayahs are also done in gold letters. At beginnings of surahs there are beautifully done ‘unwans in the shape if diptychs, richly decorated in gold color. In the central part of the outer side of the cover fold there are longitudinal rosettes covered by stylized floral decoration embossed as delicate, precise relief in thick gilded leather. At the end of the manuscript there is a note stating that its copy was completed by Mustafa meuzzin b. al-Hagg Mahmud in the month of Ramadan of 1095 (August 1684).

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Qur’an / Fol. 303; 19,5 x 13,5 cm; 15 lines. Naskh, vocalized, written by a very skillful hand. Surah al-Fatiha and the beginning of Surah al-Baqara are done in the shape if diptychs, with floral motifs and dominant gold and deep blue colors. The paper is thin, smooth, with the watermark, of European origin. On Fol.303a there is a colophon with a note stating that it is the 23rd copy made by Mustafa b. Umar a-Mostari and that the copy was completed in 1173/ 1759.

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Qur’an / Fol. 302; 19,5 x 12,4 cm; 15 lines. Naskh, vocalized, written by a very skillful hand. Surah al-Fatiha and the beginning of Surah al-Baqara are done in the shape if diptychs, on a gold background with floral motifs. At beginnings of other surahs there are ‘unwans on a gold background with surah title, ayahs number and revelation place written in white letters.
Original semi leather binding. On the outer side of the cover there are imprinted decorative rosettes with floral motifs. On Fol. 300a there is a note in Turkish added afterwards stating that the Mushaf was completed on the 18th of Rabi’ al-a 1114 (Septembar 10th 1702).

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Qur’an / Fol. 375; 16 x 9,8 cm; 15 lines. Naskh, vocalized, written by a very skillful hand. Surah al-Fatiha and the beginning of Surah al-Baqara are done in the shape if diptychs, richly decorated with floral motifs. Ornamental circles indicating ends of ayahs are done in large letters in gold color. Marks of beginnings of sections (juz’), parts of sections and sajda marks done in the shape of elongated rosettes with floral motifs, richly decorated in gold, blue, orange and green colors. No data about the scribe or the place or year when the copy was made. judging by the paper, script, ink and binding, the copy most probably dates back to 18th century.

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Qur’an / Fol. 375; 16 x 9,8 cm; 15 lines. Naskh, vocalized, written by a very skillful hand. Surah al-Fatiha and the beginning of Surah al-Baqara are done in the shape if diptychs, richly decorated with floral motifs in dominant gold color. The paper is of medium thickness, smooth, in a dark shade of white, with a watermark, of Eastern origin. On the outer side of the cover there are imprinted decorative ornaments with floral motifs. On fol. 413b there is a note stating that a copy was completed by Husayn, the son of Ali, a student of Haji Muhammad Efendi Sarajevan, on the last day of Rajab 1165 (June 13th 1752).

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