This superb Qur'an—the holy book of Islam—displays an elaborate program of illumination, a technique that employs gold and silver to decorate the opening and closing pages of the book and to highlight the internal divisions of the text. Penned on parchment, which was a favored medium for Qur'anic manuscripts made in the western Islamic world, this example is written in Maghribi script, the distinctive style of the North African manuscript production of the 13th through 15th century. The word qur'an literally means recitation, and the Qur'an was compiled in the years following the death in 632 AD of the prophet Muhammad. The text gathers the revelations that Muhammad received directly from God through the angel Gabriel. Through the Qur'an, Arabic became the main language of the Islamic world, and calligraphy, the art of beautiful writing, achieved the status of the highest form of visual expression.

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Moroccan (Marrakesh or Fez)
Commissioned by Abu Talib b. al-Shaykh Abu'l-Faris 'Abd al-'Aziz b. Sa'id bin Isma'il bin 'Abd al-'Aziz ...
Qur'an Manuscript in Maghribi script
End of Rabi' al-Awwal, 718 AH (1318 AD)
Ink, colors and gold on parchment
11 1/4 × 11 3/8 × 2 3/8 in. (28.5 × 28.9 × 6 cm)
Credit Line

Museum purchase funded by the Honorable and Mrs. Hushang Ansary, the Brown Foundation Accessions Endowment Fund, and the Alice Pratt Brown Museum Fund

Current Location
The Caroline Wiess Law Building
Accession Number
Books & Manuscripts

Research ongoing