Qur'an leaf in maghribi script, from Africa or Spain, 1200s
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Fragment of a Quran, Sura 33: 73-74. In Arabic, Spain or northwest Africa, Thirteenth century
One of the first Quranic manuscripts to enter the Vatican Library, this codex comes from a "madrasa" or mosque school in Tunis and was probably taken when the troops of Charles V captured the city in July 1535. A fine example of the "maghribi" script typical of northwest Africa and Muslim Spain, the manuscript also contains good illuminations. It is only a fragment of the Auran, from sura 33:31 to sura 35:45 (part 22). The pages shown here bear the last two verses of sura 33 (verses 73-74).
Vat. ar. 214 fols. 24 recto - 23 verso orient11 AH.15