700-year-old Qu'ran put online

A 700-year-old Qu’ran has been digitally scanned by the British Library in London. Visitors to the library will be able to view the images on a screen, and they will also be available on CD-Rom and online.

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By  Neil Denslow Published  September 5, 2002

A 700-year-old Qu’ran has been digitally scanned by the British Library in London. Visitors to the library will be able to view the images on a screen, and they will also be available on CD-Rom and online.

The scanned book is a copy of the Qu'ran made by the master calligrapher Muhammad ibn al-Wahid in 1304 in Egypt. Written in gold ink, the book is the centrepiece of the British Library’s Arabic collection, but it has previously been stored out of public sight. Now, however, people will be able to digitally view the seven-volume manuscript, as part of the library’s Turning the Pages project.

“Sultan Baybars’ Qur’an joins examples of major texts from Christianity, Judaism and Buddhism on Turning the Pages,” the library’s chief executive Lynne Brindley told Reuters.

The Qu’ran can be viewed at the address below.

http://www.bl.uk/collections/treasures/treasures.html#.

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