Qurʼan in Early Abbasid script.
Qurʼan in Early Abbasid script.
Written in a large Early Abbasid script (“Kufic”), with five lines
to the page, this leaf from a parchment Qurʾan shows diacritical
pointing by means of slanted strokes and vocalization using
red dots. The medallion in the right-hand corner indicates
the 90th verse of Chapter 17 (sūrat al-Isrāʾ). Among the many
characteristics of these early scripts is the free-standing alif with
its foot turned right and a substantial gap between it and the
next letter.
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