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Leaf from a Manuscript of the Qur'an in Kufic Script

Arts of the Islamic World

MEDIUM Ink on parchment
DATES 9th century
DIMENSIONS 9 5/16 x 13 in. (23.6 x 33 cm)
INSCRIPTIONS On visible side of frame in Kufic script, Qur'an, Sura 48 ("Al-fath," or "The Victory [Conquest]"), Aya 29. See Rich Text for inscription in Arabic script. In Arabic, "Dhalika Mathaluhum Fi At-Tawraati Wa Mathaluhum Fi Al-'Injili Kazar`in 'Akhraja Shat'ahu Fa'azarahu Fastaghlaža Fastawá `Alá" In Arabic, "ذَٰلِكَ مَثَلُهُمْ فِي التَّوْرَاةِ ۚ وَمَثَلُهُمْ فِي الْإِنجِيلِ كَزَرْعٍ أَخْرَجَ شَطْأَهُ فَآزَرَهُ فَاسْتَغْلَظَ فَاسْتَوَىٰ عَلَىٰ" In English, "That is their likeness in the Torah, and their likeness in the Gospel: as a seed that puts forth its shoot, and strengthens it, and it grows stout and rises straight upon [its stalk]" (From Arberry translation)
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CREDIT LINE Ella C. Woodward Memorial Fund
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