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  • 10th-century Qur’an

    Manuscript Created date: 900–1000

    Probably copied in Egypt, this 10th-century Qur’an is written in Eastern kufic script on vellum. The manuscript The desi...

  • 11th-century Qur'an from Iraq or Persia

    Manuscript Created date: 11th century

    This elegant, detailed Qur’an is one of the earliest dated examples of naskhi script. What is special this script? This...

  • 14th-century Mamluk Qur’an

    Manuscript Created date: 1300–1399

    This 14th-century Qur’an from Egypt. The manuscript This Qur’an is written in muhaqqaq script, with ornamental chapter ...

  • 17th-century Chinese Qur’an

    Manuscript Created date: 17th century

    This 17th-century Chinese Qur’an shows how Islamic styles of calligraphy and illumination were combined with local style...

  • Al-Qazwini’s Wonders of Creation

    Manuscript Created date: 16th century

    An illustrated copy of the 13th-century writer al-Qazwīnī’s ʻAjāʼib al-makhlūqāt (‘Wonders of creation’) produced in the...

  • Album of Baha’i calligraphy

    Manuscript Created date: early 19th – early 20th century

    An album of Baha’i calligraphy including childhood calligraphic exercises by Baha’u’llah and tablets by Baha’u’llah copi...

  • An early Kufic Qur’an

    Manuscript Created date: c. 850

    This copy of the Qur’an in an early kufic script is most likely from the 9th century. Like earlier Qur’ans it was writte...

  • An early Persian translation and commentary of the...

    Manuscript Created date: 1129

    A 12th-century copy of the Persian translation and commentary on the Qurʼan by ʻAtīq ibn Muḥammad Sūrābādī. Sūrābādī’s t...

  • An Ottoman Ruzname

    Manuscript, Scroll Created date: c. 1850

    The Rūznāme is a rare example of a manuscript scroll originating in the Ottoman Empire. Although it accounts for the Hij...

  • Baha’i ‘Revelation’ Writing

    Manuscript Created date: late 19th century

    A collection of ‘revelation writing’, made under the direction of Baha’u’llah. What is ‘revelation writing’? As Baha’u’...

  • Baha’u’llah’s letter to Queen Victoria

    Printed book

    A volume containing Tablets revealed by Baha’u’llah. Who was Baha’u’llah? Mirza Husayn ‘Ali Nuri (1817–1892), known as B...

  • Biography on the Companions

    Manuscript Created date: 900–999

    This manuscript contains information about the Companions of the Prophet Muhammad and their successors by Abu Ja‘far Muh...

  • Book of Syriac Orthodox Doctrine

    Manuscript Created date: 1696

    The Minārat al-aqdās is a translation of a 13th-century Syriac work titled Menarat Qúdše (Lamp of the Sanc...

  • Book of the Constellations of the Fixed Stars

    Manuscript Created date: 1260–1280

    An illustrated manuscript detailing the constellations. What is in the manuscript? The manuscript contains an illustrat...

  • Collection of Baha’i Tablets

    Manuscript Created date: June 1911

    A collection of twenty-six of Baha’u’llah’s most important works. Who was Baha’u’llah? Mirza Husayn ‘Ali Nuri (1817–1892...