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Abstract

This square-format manuscript is volume 1, containing chapters 1-18 (Sūrat al-fātiḥah through Sūrat al-kahf), of an illuminated two-volume Qur'an produced in Sub-Saharan (West) Africa in the thirteenth century AH / nineteenth CE. The text is written in Sūdānī script in dark brown ink with vocalization in red on loose leaves. Chapter headings are in reddish-brown ink. Three yellow dots outlined in red arranged in a triangular form separate verses. Polychrome circular medallions as well as square and rectangular devices in a variety of patterns and colors mark textual divisions. The leaves of the text are organized between two decorated boards with geometric compositions. The pages and boards are housed in a leather pouch (satchel).

Hand note

Written in a Sūdānī hand in dark brown ink with vocalization in red

Contributors

Principal cataloger: Gacek, Adam

Cataloger: Landau, Amy

Cataloger: Smith, Sita

Editor: Bockrath, Diane

Contributor: Barrera, Christina

Contributor: Emery, Doug

Contributor: Herbert, Lynley

Contributor: Noel, William

Contributor: Simpson, Shreve

Contributor: Tabritha, Ariel

Contributor: Toth, Michael B.

Contributor: Valle, Chiara

Conservator: Jewell, Stephanie

Conservator: Quandt, Abigail

Bibliography

Simpson, Marianna Shreve. “Expanding Boundaries: A Manuscript of the Qur’an from Sub-Saharan Africa (W.853).” Journal of the Walters Art Museum 62 (2004): 237-239.


These are pages that we pulled aside that disrupted the flow of the manuscript reader. These may be bindings, inserts, bookmarks, and various other oddities.

Upper board outside

fol. 99bookmarka

fol. 99bookmarkb

fol. 242bookmarka

fol. 242bookmarkb

Lower board outside

Head

Tail

Left side

Right side

Keywords
Arabic
Calligraphy
Islamic
Koran
Qur`an
Sub-Saharan (West) Africa
Original binding

Origin Place

Sub-Saharan (West) Africa

Date

13th century AH / 19th CE

Form

book

Binding

Original Binding

Binding Description

Two loose boards decorated on both sides with geometric designs and fastened with leather thongs; leaves and boards protected within a leather pouch (satchel) with flap and thong on the outside

Language

The primary language in this manuscript is Arabic.

Acquisition

Sam Fogg Rare Books and Manuscripts, London; Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, by purchase

← search Koran W.853.I

Origin Place

Sub-Saharan (West) Africa

Date

13th century AH / 19th CE

Form

book

Language

The primary language in this manuscript is Arabic.

Acquisition

Sam Fogg Rare Books and Manuscripts, London; Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, by purchase

Manuscript Overview

Abstract

This square-format manuscript is volume 1, containing chapters 1-18 (Sūrat al-fātiḥah through Sūrat al-kahf), of an illuminated two-volume Qur'an produced in Sub-Saharan (West) Africa in the thirteenth century AH / nineteenth CE. The text is written in Sūdānī script in dark brown ink with vocalization in red on loose leaves. Chapter headings are in reddish-brown ink. Three yellow dots outlined in red arranged in a triangular form separate verses. Polychrome circular medallions as well as square and rectangular devices in a variety of patterns and colors mark textual divisions. The leaves of the text are organized between two decorated boards with geometric compositions. The pages and boards are housed in a leather pouch (satchel).

Hand note

Written in a Sūdānī hand in dark brown ink with vocalization in red

References

Contributors

Principal cataloger: Gacek, Adam

Cataloger: Landau, Amy

Cataloger: Smith, Sita

Editor: Bockrath, Diane

Contributor: Barrera, Christina

Contributor: Emery, Doug

Contributor: Herbert, Lynley

Contributor: Noel, William

Contributor: Simpson, Shreve

Contributor: Tabritha, Ariel

Contributor: Toth, Michael B.

Contributor: Valle, Chiara

Conservator: Jewell, Stephanie

Conservator: Quandt, Abigail

Bibliography

Simpson, Marianna Shreve. “Expanding Boundaries: A Manuscript of the Qur’an from Sub-Saharan Africa (W.853).” Journal of the Walters Art Museum 62 (2004): 237-239.


Bindings & Oddities

These are pages that we pulled aside that disrupted the flow of the manuscript reader. These may be bindings, inserts, bookmarks, and various other oddities.

Upper board outside

fol. 99bookmarka

fol. 99bookmarkb

fol. 242bookmarka

fol. 242bookmarkb

Lower board outside

Head

Tail

Left side

Right side

Keywords
Arabic
Calligraphy
Islamic
Koran
Qur`an
Sub-Saharan (West) Africa
Original binding
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