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Hyderabad: As part of the ongoing Muslim holy month Ramadan, the Salar Jung museum in Hyderabad would be organising an exhibition of rare Quran manuscripts at the Mir Abbas Yar Jung Hall, the authorities announced Monday.


It is believed that Quran was revealed to Prophet Muhammad more than fourteen hundred years back in this month.


Besides having the manuscripts ranging from the 14 and 16 Centuries, the exhibition titled as 'Exegesis of the holy Quran' is having on display some rare Quran documentation dating back to the 9th Century, spread across around 1500 calligraphic panels.


Apart from the scriptures, the display hall also features a number of colorful art prints created for the exhibition. All the copies had been manually produced, while the lettering and decorative calligraphy works were done by artisans through the ages.


At present, there are around 365 copies of the Holy Scriptures in the possession of the museum authorities, out of which 221 copies consist of the complete sacred scriptures, while the rest are parts and fragments of chapters.


Primarily sourced from the private collections of Salar Jung III and his ancestors, the copies of the holy text include a rich variety of calligraphic art and illustrations. Within the collection presently on display at the museum, 238 panels are in Arabic, 921 in Persian and 333 in Urdu, informed museum authorities present at the inaugural session. Interestingly, some of the examples on display were based on materials like fabric, parchment and leather, apart from paper.


Apart from scriptures based in a book format, a total of 16 scrolls with miniature calligraphy art and lavish illumination work would also be on display at the Western block of the museum premises.


The exhibition coordinator Ahmed Ali says, "The exhibition consists of rare printed copies of the Quran from Germany, England, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and India. It also includes miniature copies of the Quran of 2.5 cms and also a copy of Quran written by Mughal emperor, Aurangzeb with his autograph. There are also two copies of the Quran printed in Iran in the 18th century and decorated with gold with artistic embellishment of Kashmiri artists. Digital images of the Quran from different parts of the world are included in the 94 codices of Quran display."


Nawab Atheram Ali Khan, a member of the Salar Jung Museum Board and a descendant of the Nizam family inaugurated the exhibition.


He observed that the manuscripts on display at the exhibition could prove beneficial to academics and the general public alike, for their aesthetic and historical worth. “The exhibition is of special significance to the viewing public, considering the number of rare Quran-related documents and scriptures that form part of the collection,” he said. The exhibition would be held till September 22.














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