Description of Mamluk & Ikhanid Inspired Holy Koran with Marmaduke Pickthall Translation
This masterpiece edition is part thirty of the Holy Quran inspired by Mamluk and Ikhanid illumination as commissioned under the patronage of Sultan Uljaytu. The arrangement matches the Mushaf al-Madinah an-Nabawiya produced by the King Fahd Complex for the Printing of the Holy Qur'an in Saudi Arabia.
The title page, frontispieces and closing pages are richly decorated with calligraphic, geometric and arabesque designs. The chapter names are written in ornamental kufic and set in panels adorned with marginal palmettes. The text itself is printed in a finely outlined gold ink, set on a traditional background of a waye design that originated in the Far East and was popular in Mamluk illumination.
In the margins of this magnanimous work is the famous Quran translation of Muhammad Marmaduke Pickthall (1875 – 1936). Pickthall was a novelist, journalist, headmaster, political and religious leader and British Islamic scholar, who is most noted for his magnum opus, The Meaning of the Glorious Koran, written in 1930. Pickthall announced his conversion to Islam dramatically after giving a lecture on 'Islam and Progress' in 1917. This translation has been chosen on the recommendation of the late Dr. Martin Lings († 2005), who considered it the best available English translation of the Qur'an on account of its accuracy as well as its fidelity to the highest standards of classical English prose.
The English text is typeset in a typeface inspired by the hands used in early Celtic gospels. While this style of type can slow down reading, which is not a bad thing itself in a contemplative text, it has the benefits of calling to mind the traditions of scared book arts in the British Isles and of integrating the English text more readily with the visual language of the Arabic text and Illumination.
Details of the Uljaytu inspired Koran
۩ Book Type: Quran; ʿJuz' Amma (30th section)
۩ Calligraphy: Matches the Mushaf al-Madinah an-Nabawiyyah
۩ Illumination: Inspired by Uljaytu Mamluk and Ikhanid Qur'an illumination
۩ Length: 21.5 cm
۩ Height: 30.5 cm
۩ Thickness: 1.5 cm
۩ Pages: 33
۩ SKU: BK-H-002
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