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© National Library and Archives of Egypt, Shelfmark Masahif Rasid 6, Illuminated frontispieces.

The National Library of Egypt's Collection of Mamluk Qur'an Manuscripts

Registration year: 2013
Submission year: 
2012
Collection ID: 
2012-47

One hundred and forty Mamluk Qur'an manuscripts and bindings that can be securely dated to the Mamluk period (1250-1517 CE) by colophons and endowment and dedicatory statements. During this time, Cairo became the cultural, religious, and intellectual centre of the Islamic world. The manuscripts are almost unmatched for splendor, opulence, and size in the history of the Islamic arts of the book and they are key to our understanding of developments in Islamic calligraphy, illumination and bookbinding not only in Mamluk Egypt but throughout the Islamic world.

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© National Library and Archives of Egypt, Shelfmark Masahif Rasid 6, Illuminated frontispieces.
Shelfmark Masahif Rasid 6, Illuminated frontispieces.
© National Library and Archives of Egypt

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© National Library and Archives of Egypt, Shelfmark Masahif Rasid 6. Text pages with illuminated chapter headings, verse markers, frames and marginal ornaments.
Shelfmark Masahif Rasid 6. Text pages with illuminated chapter headings, verse markers, frames and marginal ornaments.
© National Library and Archives of Egypt

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© National Library and Archives of Egypt, Shelfmark Masahif Rasid 10. Opening text pages with illuminated chapter headings, verse markers and borders.
Shelfmark Masahif Rasid 10. Opening text pages with illuminated chapter headings, verse markers and borders.
© National Library and Archives of Egypt

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© National Library and Archives of Egypt, Shelfmark Masahif Rasid 14. Opening text pages with illuminated verse markers, borders and marginal ornaments.
Shelfmark Masahif Rasid 14. Opening text pages with illuminated verse markers, borders and marginal ornaments.
© National Library and Archives of Egypt

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© National Library and Archives of Egypt, Shelfmark Masahif Rasid 62, Volume 1. Frontispieces.
Shelfmark Masahif Rasid 62, Volume 1. Frontispieces.
© National Library and Archives of Egypt

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© National Library and Archives of Egypt, Shelfmark Masahif Rasid 62, Volume 1. Frontispieces.
Shelfmark Masahif Rasid 62, Volume 1. Frontispieces.
© National Library and Archives of Egypt
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