The Academy of the Holy Quran in Sharjah has acquired 17 rare Qurans which will join its collection of more than 300 Islamic manuscripts, according to a report by Gulf News.
The new additions date from the 8th to 13th centuries AD and come from Umayyad, Mamluk, Timurid, Safavid, and Ottoman states, with finds coming from present-day Middle East and North Africa, as well as India and China. .
Sheikh Sherzad Abdul Rahman Taher, secretary general of the Academy of the Holy Quran, said in a statement that some pieces represent the best work of their time, noting: “The calligraphy on the copies indicates that some of them were written by the most famous calligraphers. ”Known for using ornaments and decorations in gold and precious stones such as lapis lazuli. Favored for its dark blue hue, the inclusion of lapis lazuli would have signified the importance of the manuscripts while adding a striking color.
In the same statement, Sheikh Sherzad thanked different parties for their participation in the acquisition of the manuscripts, including the ruler of the Emirate of Sharjah, Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi, who founded the Academy of the Holy Koran. Opened at the end of last year, the Academy houses valuable manuscripts as well as important Islamic artefacts and pieces of the history of the Sheikh’s family. The Academy contains seven different museums, including the Museum of the Seven Readings, the Hall of Scientific Quranic Miracles, the Museum of Quran Pillars and others. It also offers resources and courses for future and current Islamic scholars.