A rare manuscript on display at Holy Quran Academy in Sharjah.
Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
The Holy Quran Academy in Sharjah has introduced a new and distinct collection of precious and rare antique Qurans as part of its continuous efforts and endeavour to acquire rare Qurans as well as the most valuable Islamic antiquities.
These steps are based on the instructions of His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member, Ruler of Sharjah and President of the Holy Quran Academy, and are taken in co-ordination with Abdul Rahman Bin Mohammed Al Owais, Minister of Health and Prevention and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sharjah Islamic Bank.
The new collection of the Holy Quran represents a great addition to the collections and treasures of the academy, Sheikh Sherzad Abdul Rahman Taher, Secretary-General of the Holy Quran Academy, said, noting that thanks to its unique Islamic collections in its many museums, the academy has become the largest and most luxurious in our Islamic world.
The new collection included 17 rare artifacts, some of which are multiple Quranic chips and others are complete Qurans, dating back to the period between the second and thirteenth centuries AH, Taher said.
Each piece deserves to be in an independent museum due to its high religious value, he added, noting that they dated back to the Umayyad, Mamluk, Timurid, Safavid and Ottoman states and to India, Turkey, China, Iran, North Africa, Morocco and Andalusia. The collection has different sizes including small, medium and large, he said.
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