An exquisite Qur’an once owned by Sultan Abdal Hamid II

This is a beautiful handwritten colour manuscript copy of the Holy Qur’an (mushaf) completed in the year 1896 CE It was once owned by the Ottoman Caliph, Sultan Abdal Hamid II.

An image from the opening page of this copy of the mushaf:

Manuscript details and source:


Koran : manuscript, [1892-1896].

القرآن : manuscript، [1892-1896].

Other Authors: Abdülhamid II, Sultan of the Turks, 1842-1918,
Language(s): Arabic
Published: [1892-1896].
Subjects: Manuscripts, Arabic > Michigan > Ann Arbor.
Note: blue paper endpapers; red leather binding and slipcase stamped and painted in gold and silver.
Illumination on pp. [1-2]; chapter headings and colophons illuminated; verse endings marked with illuminated rosettes, each different; text enclosed in gold borders; illuminated rosettes in margins mark end of each juzʼ (1/30th); marginal indications in red for sixtieths (ḥizb or niṣf juzʼ) and 120ths (niṣf ḥizb) of text; rubricated marginal commentaries in hand of Muḥammad Khalūṣī; tables and closing discourse are rubricated and enclosed in golded borders; vol. edges gilded and painted; gilded
[i.e. 1895 or 6]; name of copyist of terminal discourse in colophon on p. [545]: sawwadahu Muḥammad Khalūṣī min tilmīdh al-maʻrūf bi-al-ḥājj Muḥammad Shawqī … fī Muḥarram sanat 1310 [i.e. July-August 1892].
Date of copying and copyist’s name in colophon on p. [502]: sawwdahu kathīr al-musāwī … Būrdūrī al-faqīr al-ḥaqīr Nūrī ʻUthmān al-mushtahar al-ḥāfiẓ al-Qurʼān bi-Qāyish Zādah rāqiman ʻalá mā wāfaqa muṣḥaf al-sharīf ithnā wa-miʼah … qad waqaʻa al-farāgh fī awākhir shahr Dhī al-Ḥijjah li-sanat tisʻa wa-thalāthamiʼah wa-alf [i.e. July 1892]; date of gilding and gilder’s name at bottom of colophon: dhahhabahu al-ḥājj Aḥmad min tilmīdh al-ḥājj Ḥasan[?] sanat 1313
Purchased in Cairo, 1924. Once part of the personal manuscript collection of Sultan Abdülhamid II of Turkey.
Physical Description: 1 v. ([546] p.) ; 24 c


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