News ID: 187758
Published: 1133 GMT February 15, 2017

Rare Kufic Qur'an manuscript found in Karbala

Rare Kufic Qur'an manuscript found in Karbala

A rare Qur'an manuscript written in Kufic script has been discovered by a research center in holy Iraqi city of Karbala.

The manuscript, which dates back to 912 AD, was found by the Center for Research on Ahl-ul-Bayt Heritage affiliated to the custodianship of Imam Hussein (PBUH) holy shrine, IQNA reported.

Mushtaq Muzaffar, director of the center, said the copy is among the oldest Qur'an manuscripts in the world.

Kufic is the oldest calligraphic form of various Arabic scripts and consists of a modified form of the old Nabataean script. It developed around the end of the 7th century in Kufa, Iraq, from which it takes its name, and other centers.

Muzaffar said the copy will be added to the center's manuscripts treasury.

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