Item Number: 473
Book Type: Qur'an; ʿJuz' Amma (30th section)
Calligraphy: Matches the Mushaf al-Madinah an-Nabawiyyah
Illumination: Inspired by Mamluk and Ikhanid Qur'an illumination
Width: 21.5 cm
Most beautiful printed Holy Quran (Part 30). The Arabic Text is typeset using the Thesaurus Islamicus Foundation’s Fouad typeface and is arranged to match exactly the Mushaf al-Madinah an-Nabawiyyah produced by the King Fahd Complex for the Printing of the Holy Qur'an. Fully illuminated throughout, the design of this edition is based on, and inspired by, Mamluk and Ikhanid Qur'an illumination, such as that found in the Qur'ans produced under the patronage of Ilkhanid Sultan Uljaytu. 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. M. Marmaduke Pickthall’s English translation is included in the margins. 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 sacred book arts in the British Isles and of integrating the English text more readily with the visual language of the Arabic text and Illumination.
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