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ANTIQUE Early 1900s ISLAMIC Quran Koran Qur'an Leather Cover from SOMALIA

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Seller: trovegnome (142) 100%, Location: Phoenix, Arizona, Ships to: US & many other countries, Item: 322272885808 From the Collection of David and Julie Wadsworth – USAID Water Project, Mogadishu Somalia, 1969-1971.This antique Qur’an was collected on one of our excursions into the Somali countryside during the time we were there. It is probably from the late 1800s or early 1900s. It has leather cover with a flap that folds over the top. The leather is embossed with a lovely Islamic design. The number "4" is written on the inside of the flap - possibly denoting that this was the fourth "juz" in a series. From what I've been told, the Qur'an is often broken into sections or "juz". Each section is then studied and reflected upon by the owner - sometimes you can find these reflections written in the margins or end papers of the juz.Inside is handwritten in calligraphy in a form of Arabic that has the vowel marks (small markings above the main text) which is seldom used today. The calligraphy is in two colors of ink – black and red – red denotes the name of god. Every so often, there is a note off to the side that the original scribe or others have added.The book measures approximately 6.25” x 5” x 1”. Condition: This antique item has a lot of wear and has traveled far. General wear on leather cover including cracking and flaking. Staining and wear to edges of pages. Some pages are missing or have come separated from the others. Spine is coming unglued from pages., Provenance: Ownership History Available, Material: Paper

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