News ID: 262348
Published: 0320 GMT December 01, 2019

China’s oldest Qur’an manuscript on display in Qinghai

China’s oldest Qur’an manuscript on display in Qinghai

China’s oldest Qur’an manuscript is on display in northwest China’s Qinghai Province, making its debut to the public.

Estimated to be between 1,100 and 1,300 years old, the Qur’an is considered to be among the oldest manuscripts in the world, IQNA wrote.

The 867-page manuscript is comprised of 30 volumes and packaged in two slipcases, weighing 12.79 kilograms.

Its rhinoceros skin cover is printed with beautiful patterns, while the cover of each volume is framed with blue silk.

It was added to the Catalogue of National Rare Ancient Books in 2009, and underwent restoration by domestic experts in 2017.

The restored book was then stored in a climate-controlled glass cabinet that features adjustable oxygen levels, temperature and humidity.

According to legend, the ancestors of the Salar minority group, who believe in Islam, carried the Qur’an leaving their homeland in central Asia, and settled in what is now the Xunhua Salar Autonomous County, Qinghai Province, in the 13th century.

The book is currently kept at the county’s Jiezi Mosque. Muslim visitors appreciate the ancient Qur’an.

Every day, the exhibit attracts about 6,000 visitors, who mainly come from Qinghai and neighboring Gansu Province.





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