ABOUT THE KO­RAN OF KATTA LAN­GAR:

Uzbekistan Today (English) - - CULTURE AND ARTS -

The col­lec­tion of the In­sti­tute of Ori­en­tal Manuscripts of the Rus­sian Academy of Sciences holds 81 sheets of one of the ear­li­est lists of the Ko­ran, dat­ing from the last quar­ter of the 8th cen­tury and made by an un­known cal­lig­ra­pher.

The man­u­script was pur­chased by Aca­demi­cian I.Y. Krachkovsky in 1936 for the In­sti­tute of Ori­en­tal Stud­ies of the Soviet Academy of Sciences.

A fun­da­men­tal study of the unique list was con­ducted by Pro­fes­sor E.A. Rez­van. Dur­ing the study of the man­u­script it was es­tab­lished that the sheets of the St. Peters­burg frag­ment con­tained al­most 40% of the Ko­ranic text. These texts are 44 surahs, of which the to­tal is 22. The list of sheets as a whole is well pre­served, but there are also se­verely dam­aged sheets, with lost frag­ments.

In ad­di­tion to the gen­eral cul­tural value of these doc­u­ments, their enor­mous sci­en­tific im­por­tance should be noted. Pa­le­o­graphic anal­y­sis of the text al­lows, in par­tic­u­lar, to trace the his­tory of the de­vel­op­ment of styles of cal­li­graphic writ­ing and the book cul­ture of the Mus­lim East as a whole.

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